The President and Printed Cars

Barack Obama, Joe Biden and a 3D printed car

Featured Photo: President Obama and Vice President Biden view a car printed in Knoxville as part of a White House announcement for a $259 million partnership led by UT.

As Tennessee is becoming a global hub for automotive manufacturing, the University of Tennessee is gaining a world-wide reputation for innovation in that industry. UT is the lead institution in a $259 million advanced composites manufacturing project called the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) that was announced by President Barack Obama in January. The president visited with university officials and made the announcement in Clinton, Tennessee, where he and Vice President Joe Biden saw a car produced by 3D printing with help from UT Knoxville engineering students. IACMI includes six partner states and 122 members in a consortium of industry leaders, universities and national laboratories, most notably Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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New Carnegie Classification

UT Knoxville joins a group of 52 universities with the “very high intensity” research classification and the “engaged status” designation from the Carnegie Foundation. The campus joined with the Institute of Agriculture to earn the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes universities for collaborating with community partners to address society’s most pressing needs. To learn more about engagement projects, visit

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UT is a Trailblazer

Trailblazer Award, which included $20,000 to further advance degree-completion programs. “We have worked hard to make the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a better place. It’s an honor to be recognized by our peers for these efforts. It’s an exciting time at UT, and we’re proud of this award,” Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said in accepting the award.

Power of the T

The orange “Power T” is the new logo for UT Knoxville, replacing the UT icon. Implementation of the new logo began Jan. 1 and is continuing to spread across campus into each department and office. “No single symbol represents the University of Tennessee like the Power T,” according to the announcement about the new logo. “For decades, it has been used only by athletics. However, in the public’s eye, we are all the University of Tennessee, and the Power T represents our entire organization.” For more information, visit
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