Graduating students from around the country came to visit UTK at the end of February. They toured some research labs on campus, listened to faculty discuss their interesting research topics in the Materials Science and Engineering department, and interviewed with many professors for possible positions here at UTK in MSE. After the long day of tours and interviews, MRS Vols took these prospective students to dinner at Babalu Tapas and Tacos in Downtown Knoxville, where they got to unwind and discuss the more casual side of life in Knoxville and Graduate School in MSE. We hope that these students had a great time and will consider UTK-MSE as their top choice when they decide to attend graduate school!
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.
At our October Social Event, MRS Vols met at a local lounge/bar: Bearden Fieldhouse, and joined in a game of Live Team Trivia hosted by The Knox Trivia Guys! The restaurant was a great venue with a lot of space and two stories full of entertainment and arcade games. We enjoyed small plates as well as the dishes they offered on their menu (wings, yum!). Even though we didn't win the trivia game, the event was a great time filled with food, friends, and fun. The photo on the right shows our sheet from trivia; some would say the 1 point means we didn't do too great, I think it means MRS is #1!!!
The Tickle College of Engineering & STEM Career Carnival invited students across campus to visit with industries and campus organizations, like MRS to learn more about ways they can get involved on campus and what careers are available to them in this field. At the MRS booth, students were encouraged to ask question about our organization as well as look at our crystal structures made from Play-Doh and Spaghetti (how cool!!!). Thanks to everyone who took the time to volunteer and a special thanks to everyone that stopped by to talk to us!
At the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester and with the sponsorship of MSE Hall of Famer, Dr. Warren Oliver's company: Nanomechanics, Inc., the UTK-MRS chapter was able to host a Welcome BBQ on the first floor common area of the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM). Students were encouraged to meet with each other as well as our industry contacts from Nanomechanics, all while enjoying a delicious barbecue lunch! It was a great turn out and a optimistic start to the year!
What better way to celebrate the holidays than with your fellow MRS members! In order to bring in the Thanksgiving Holiday, students and faculty brought dishes to share for our potluck. Although there was a questionable incident with a frozen turkey (haha) the event turned out to be a great success with many students enjoying the food that was shared.
The College of Engineering STEM Carnival was a fun outdoor carnival street fair. Students were encouraged to visit many booths, including the one hosted by the MRS chapter. The students could also pick up a free hotdog, chili dog or soda. Corporate event sponsors were also there to inform students about their fall recruiting events. Also there were prizes and MORE!
MRS-UTK, Materials Science and Engineering department of UTK, and JIAM hosted a Characterization of Materials short course May 6th - 8th, 2015. There were 29 lectures that focused on various characterization techniques in the materials science field. Lecturers were representing the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, or Zeiss. Three demos occurred over the short course: scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and nanoindentation. Over 100 students participated in the short course.