First Technology against Tornado (TaT’23) Student Competition and Expo!
TAGS: Research and DevelopmentSTEM

On April 21, 2023, The 1st Technology against Tornado (TaT’23) Student Competition and Expo was successfully held in the new Latimer-Smith building, the home of UTM College of Engineering and Natural Sciences!

Often in a few minutes, a tornadoes takes lives, destroys properties, interrupts businesses, and leaves with a long-lasting impact and recovery period. With the rapid growth of emerging technology on one side and the need in the battle against tornadoes on the other side, we have envisioned the Technology against Tornado (TaT) Student Competition and Expo to inspire and engage students by transforming their innovative ideas into real-world functional products to empower communities against tornadoes. 

Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin, TaT 2023 was a one-day summit of competition, expo, and activities full of creativity and innovation to use technology against tornadoes.

TaT’23 welcomed more than 60 participants from the university, community and industry organizations. American Red Cross (ARC), National Weather Service (NWS), West Tennessee Healthcare Volunteer Hospital, and UTM Meteorology Student Society were among our expo organizers. Student competition winners were the following teams,

University category award winner: “Machine Learning-based Tornado Prediction”, Meiying Zhang, Suravi Regmi, Kan Yang (Faculty Mentor), The University of Memphis

High-school category award winner: “The Westview Search and Rescue Robot”, Jacob Foltz, Curtis May, Joseph Roupe, Hunter Terrell, Nicholas Sterrett, Davey Richardson, Matthew Moon, Christopher Ostenson, Laura Sterrett (Faculty Mentor), Westview High School.

For more information and to support the event, contact Dr. Sargolzaei,