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J. Roger Parsons

J. Roger Parsons

Professor Emeritus


1988–2016: Professor, University of Tennessee

1983–1988: Associate Professor, University of Tennessee

1979–1983: Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee

1975–1978: Research/Teaching Assistant, North Carolina State University

1969–1974: Engineer, Westinghouse-Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory

1969: Engineer, McDonnell-Douglas Astronautics Corporation


  • Promotion of innovation in design education with alternate problem solving strategies.
  • Assessment of teaching techniques to promote creative problem solving.
  • Applications of chaos theory in design education.
  • Thermal control of consumer electronics.
  • Thermal and fluid based instrumentation systems.
  • Energy system analysis.
  • Experimental heat transfer and fluid flow.


Ph.D 1979, North Carolina State University

MS 1972, Carnegie-Mellon University

BS 1969, University of Illinois

Bettis Reactor Engineering School, 1970; Naval Reactors Program

Professional Service

  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • ASME National Student Section Committee, 1981-82
  • ASME Student Section Faculty Advisor, 1980-83, 1993-97
  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Tennessee
  • National Effective Teaching Institute, Washington, DC, June, 1996
  • ASME K-18 Committee on Low Temperature and Arctic Regions Heat Transfer, 1988-1995

Awards and Recognitions

  • UT National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher, 1997
  • Chancellor's Citation for Extraordinary Service to the University, 1999
  • Allen & Hoshall Outstanding Faculty Award, 2000


Radcliff, T.D., Parsons, J.R., Johnson, W.S., and Ruggles, A.E., "Use of Transport Delay to Avoid Compensatory Effects in Sonic Orifice-Based Gas Concentration Probes", Review of Scientific Instruments. (in press)

J. Seat, W. Poppen, and J. R. Parsons, "Making Design Teams Work," Proceedings of the Frontiers In Education Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, November, 1996. (in press)

P.G. Klukken, J.R. Parsons and P.J. Columbus, "The Creative Experience in Engineering Practice: Implications for Engineering Education," Proceedings of the Fourth World Conference on Engineering Education, St. Paul, Minnesota, October, 1995, pp. 289-294., also Journal of Engineering Education. (in press)

J. Roger Parsons and P. Gary Klukken, "An Introductory Design and Innovation Course at the University of Tennessee,"Proceedings of the Frontier in Education Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, November, 1995, pp. 3a5, 13-15.

T.D. Radcliff, J.R. Parsons, W.S. Johnson, and D.E. Ekeroth, "Visualization of the Lower Plenum Anomaly in the Westinghouse AP-600 Reactor," Nuclear Technology, Vol. 106, April 1994, pp. 100-109.

J. Roger Parsons

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