Dr. Cronley is an Associate Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee (UT). She studies topics related to inclusive infrastructure, including homelessness and housing and transportation equity, feminist geography, intersectionality, and access to opportunities, with a focus on women and children experiencing housing and transportation insecurity. She is faculty liaison for the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services and a Faculty Fellow in the UT Center for Transportation Research. Dr. Cronley utilizes mixed methods and participatory and community-based research methodologies. Her synergistic research includes urban planning and transportation systems as they relate to land use, mobility, and environmental justice for underserved populations.
Dr. Everett has served as the Associate Director of the University of Tennessee Center for Transportation Research (CTR) for the past 10 plus years. In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Jerry is the program manager of several Tennessee Highway Safety Office grants and the principal investigator for TDOT funded and other sponsored projects where he performs research and provides management oversight. His core research interest and expertise include transportation planning, teen highway safety outreach, K-12 STEM education, travel data collection and travel demand modeling. He has worked professionally in transportation since 1991. Prior to beginning work at UT in 1999, he served as a community planner in the Metropolitan Planning Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Washington, D.C. for 7 years. He holds a PhD., M.S., and B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Dr. Beck began his research career in distributed operating systems at Bell Laboratories (1981) and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University (1992) in the area of parallelizing compilers. He then joined the faculty of the Computer Science Department at the University of Tennessee, where he is currently an Associate Professor working in system architecture, distributed high performance computing, networking and storage.
Shannon M. Cain is a current PhD Candidate in Social Work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her dissertation focuses on trauma-informed care in the neonatal intensive care setting with mother-infant dyads impacted by in utero opioid exposure. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University School of Social Work, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College. Shannon has over seven years of direct social work practice experience in inpatient and outpatient behavioral healthcare settings. She is passionate about fighting for equitable access to and quality of services in healthcare and all other arenas.
Dr. Upendram is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE). His primary areas of research are community economics, economic impact analysis, rural development and natural resource economics. He serves as the statewide Community Economic Development Specialist for the University of Tennessee Extension. His research and Extension programs were funded by USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to this position, he worked as a planner/economist for the State of Missouri for 10 years conducting fiscal and economic impacts of tax investments, energy and water resource projects. Upendram earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. He joined the ARE faculty in 2017.