Each October, the Tickle College of Engineering hosts Engineers Day, a tradition going back more than 100 years. Undergraduate engineering classes are dismissed for one day to allow university students and faculty to spend time interacting with hundreds of potential UT engineering students from high schools across the region. Almost 1,500 students from 54 different high schools (and some home schooled students) traveled to UT to explore and learn about the various aspects of engineering through discussions, project demonstrations, and exhibits prepared by UT engineering student clubs and societies. Participants experienced an overview of the different engineering disciplines and saw examples of how an engineer’s work impacts daily life.
The Egg Drop Competition has quickly become one of the most popular events at Engineers Day. Students must design a device that will protect a “free range” grade A egg from breaking when dropped, with the focus being on the materials used to protect the egg.
This year the winners were from Hampton High School, Daniel Boone High School, and L&N STEM Academy! Congrats!
In conjunction with the Materials Science & Engineering and Physics & Astronomy Departments, MRS hosted a Professional Development workshop entitled, "Networking for Nerds" with guest speaker Alaina G. Levine. The workshop was broken up into six (6) sessions ranging from conference and career fair advice to conflict resolution at the workplace. Levine successfully gave advice on how to transition your career in academia to the workplace and industry. Door prizes were handed out and included a copy of her book, Networking for Nerds, which was named one of the Top 5 Books of 2015 (when it was released) by Physics Today Magazine.