UT to compete in Global Venture Challenge

March 25, 2009 | News, UToday
By Jeffrey Romagni

In addition to spreading knowledge inside the classroom, many UT faculty members conduct research and make valuable contributions to their professional communities.

Dr. Abdul-Majeed Azad, UT associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering, and his research team have developed a new technology with the potential to provide green energy from greenhouse gases. NASA, among other organizations, may be interested in this technology for Mars exploration.

A team of UT faculty members and graduate students from the College of Engineering and the College of Business Administration will enter this concept in the Global Venture Challenge, Wednesday through Friday, March 25-27, at the University of Tennessee.

The Global Venture Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Technologies Program, is an educational competition designed to stimulate entrepreneurial spirit in students and launch new technology-based businesses associated with energy technologies.

A panel of energy executives, venture capitalists, technologists, entrepreneurs and legal experts will judge some 15 university teams for the chance to win $25,000.

For more information on this event, visit www.globalventurechallenge.com/index.html.

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