Senior Kaylin Underwood (featured photo) is developing an app—AllerX—that automatically scans grocery items and tells shoppers whether the item contains an ingredient that could trigger a food allergy. Her idea was so good, a three-judge panel selected it as the winner of the HatchIt competition in the Gary W. Rollins College of Business.
For the second year in a row, a UT Chattanooga alumna has been chosen as TVA’s best engineer.
Noelle Currey (Chattanooga ’91) won the 2020 Ike Zeringue Engineer of the Year Award for creating a computer program to virtually eliminate errors in the design process of electric panels.
In the past, errors might slip through and be caught in the testing phase of the panels. But, once an error is found, the whole design process goes back to square one to fix it, which can take months.
“It stops the flow of everything, and it can be days or weeks to rectify it. Even one error causes everyone to stop,” Currey says.
In 2019, Marjorie Parsons (Chattanooga ’98), was the Ike Zeringue winner, the first woman to receive the award. She helped develop standards for the reliability of the agency’s power grid.
World Record Set
The UTC Rocket Mocs’ win set a world record of 17,267 feet, or about 3.3 miles, for its rocket launched in the Mojave Desert in December. The previous world record was 15,101 feet.
The award was given by the Tripoli Rocketry Association, a nonprofit that focuses on amateur rocketry and has members from the United States and 22 other countries.