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Spring 2013

Celebrating 40

Years of Diversity

at the University

of Tennessee

THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE • COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING • OFFICE OF ENGINEERING DIVERSITY PROGRAMS NEWSLETTER • www.engr.utk.edu/diversity/


ENGINEERING DIVERSITY celebrates

Engineering Diversity Programs Celebrate 40 Years of

Achievement in 2013

In 2013, the University of Tennessee College of Engineering (COE) is

celebrating 175 years of engineering at the university. In 1838, the first

engineering course, surveying, was offered at what was then East

Tennessee College.

During this significant year, another important anniversary is also

taking place. The college will recognize forty years of engineering

diversity programs in 2013.

In 1973, the COE established the Minority Engineering Scholarship

Program (MESP), designed to motivate highly qualified African-

American young people to select engineering careers. Mr. Fred D.

Brown Jr. was the first director of MESP and it was his dedication that

helped to launch the fledging program from an initial enrollment of

only seventeen African-American students.

In 1999, the MESP was r enamed the Diversity Engineering

Scholarship Program (DESP) and was incorporated into the

Engineering Professional Practice Office. The college’s minority

outreach programs were renamed Office of Diversity Programs

(ODP) and incorporated pre-college summer programs for middle

and high school students; bridge programs for new freshmen;

recruiting initiatives targeted to potential underrepresented

students; and retention and mentoring programs.

James Pippin was Brown’s successor, and remained director of the

ODP until his retirement in 2010. Travis Griffin was named director in

2010.

Griffin said in the four decades since the minority outreach programs

were established, UT has consistently ranked among the top fifty

universities and colleges in the nation for graduation rates of African-

American engineering students. The college has graduated more

than nine hundred minority students.

Since 1997, the ODP has established a number of outreach programs

for pre-college students. The diversity office participates in the

college’s annual Engineers Day, an event for regional high school

students. In 2012, close to one thousand two hundred students from

fifty-five different high schools (and some home schoolers) traveled

to the UT campus to explore and learn about the various aspects of

engineering through discussions, project demonstrations and exhibits

prepared by engineering student clubs and societies.

This year, the ODP will also host four summer enrichment programs

for potential engineering students. The Middle School Introduction to

Engineering Systems (MITES), for rising seventh and eighth graders,

offers hands-on projects, teambuilding experiences, and a tour of the

American Museum for Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

The Engineering Volunteers for Ninth Graders (eVOL9) is sponsored

by the Battelle Tennessee STEM Innovation Network and offers

ninth graders engineering project sessions, introduction to ACT

math preparation, and off-campus visits to manufacturing sites.

The companion program, Engineering Volunteers for Tenth Graders

(eVOL10) will include an introduction to chemistry, more project

design elements, and instruction on the different engineering

disciplines.

The High School Introduction to Engineering Systems (HITES), for

rising eleventh and twelfth graders, has two sessions, one sponsored

by Eastman Chemical and the second sponsored by Bechtel

Corporation. HITES provides a thorough introduction to college life

on campus, lab work sessions, and engineering design experience.

The ODP also provides recruitment and retention initiatives for

underrepresented students pursuing degrees in engineering at both

the undergraduate and graduate levels. The program offers academic

counseling, scholarships, mentoring, industry tours, and corporate

networking opportunities.

In recent years, the ODP has expanded its outreach to Hispanic,

Native American, Pacific Islanders, Alaskan Native, and female

prospective and current students.

The college’s diversity program is also part of the Tennessee Louis

Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP), a National Science

Foundation funded program designed to increase the enrollment and

graduation rates of underrepresented students in science, technology,

engineering, and mathematics. Additionally, along with one hundred

fifty-two universities, UT serves within a nationwide program with

the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in

Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM). The National GEM Consortium’s

primary focus is to administer and award fellowships with paid

internships to highly qualified underrepresented students who wish to

pursue graduate studies in engineering or science.

A Message from the Dean of Engineering

Wayne T. Davis

The University of Tennessee

College of Engineering is

celebrating in 2013!

This year, we are hosting several

special events to acknowledge

the 175th anniversary of

engineering at the University

of Tennessee. In 1838, the first

engineering course, surveying,

was offered at what was then

East Tennessee College.

We are also celebrating the

fortieth anniversary of our

engineering diversity programs.

Established in 1973 by Fred

Brown, this initiative is a point of

pride for the college, as we are

an acknowledged national leader

in the recruitment, retention, and

graduation of underrepresented

students. I salute Mr. Brown,

his successor James Pippin,

the current Office of Diversity

Programs (ODP) director Travis

Griffin, and the many, many

students who have worked so

hard to make this program a

success.

We have a number of special

activities planned for these

two significant anniversaries.

The college’s primary 175th

anniversary events will take

place on Friday, October 4, 2013.

The dedication of the John D.

Tickle Engineering Building, on

Neyland Drive, which will house

The ODP fortieth anniversary celebration will be marked with a

special (reservations required) luncheon and program on Friday,

October 4, at noon after the dedication ceremony of the John D.

Tickle Engineering Building. The dedication event and reception

following the event is open to all University of Tennessee faculty,

staff, students, and alumni as well as the general public. Invitations

to the ODP luncheon event will be mailed later this year. For more

information, contact the COE dean’s office at (865) 974-5321 or

e-mail coe@utk.edu.

ODP also has another very special milestone to celebrate. The UT

Board of Trustees recently approved the Fred D. Brown Residence

the Department of Civil and

Environmental Engineering and

the Department of Industrial and

Systems Engineering beginning

in the Fall semester of 2013, will

take place at 10:00 a.m., and

all University of Tennessee and

College of Engineering faculty,

staff, students, and alumni, as

well as the general public, are

invited to attend. The dedication

event will be followed by a

reception, tours of the new Tickle

facility and other engineering

buildings, and department open

houses.

The fortieth anniversary of

the Office of Engineering

Diversity will be acknowledged

with a luncheon and program

(reservations required) for invited

guests at noon that same day.

On the evening of October

4, the college will host a

(reservations required) gala

celebration recognizing 175 years

of engineering at UT. This event

will feature a reception at 6:00

p.m., banquet at 7:00 p.m. and a

special program after dinner that

includes a keynote speaker and

video presentation.

I hope you will plan to join us for

these very special events! For

more information on the college’s

175th anniversary celebration,

the Tickle Building dedication

events, and the diversity fortieth

anniversary luncheon, please visit

http://www.engr.utk.edu/175/

Sincerely,

Wayne T. Davis

Dean, College of Engineering

Hall, the first building on the UT Knoxville campus to be named for an

African-American person and commemorates Brown’s contributions

to education and diversity at the university.

The residence hall, currently under construction on Andy Holt

Avenue, is the first new residence hall to be built in forty-three years,

and the hall will accommodate seven hundred men and women when

it opens in 2014.

The fortieth anniversary celebration will acknowledge the many

years of pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate achievement by

our students,” said Griffin. “We hope that everyone will join us for this

exciting and very special event.”

UT College of Engineering: Celebrating 40 Years of Diversity Programs

1973

College of Engineering

established Minority

Engineering Scholarship

Program (MESP) and

selected Fred Brown, Jr.

(right) as the director

and Robert Netherland as

associate director.

1975

Southeastern Consortium for

Minorities in Engineering (SECME)

was formed and founded by six

institutions which included the

University of Tennessee’s College of

Engineering.

1980

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) student

chapter was established and chartered.

1979

College of

Engineering joins

the National

Association of

Multicultural

Engineering

Program

Advocates

(NAMEPA).

1982

College of Engineering

joins the National

Graduate Degrees

for Minorities in

Engineering and

Science, Inc. (GEM)

Consortium

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ENGINEERING DIVERSITY news

Christy Spitler, HITES participant working on a design project.

Dr. Richard Bennett providing Engineering Fundamentals instruction

HITES Program Receives

National Recognition

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering

Program Advocates (NAMEPA) has selected the College

of Engineering’s High School Introduction to Engineering

Systems (HITES) program as its 2013 Outstanding Pre-

College/Community Organization Award recipient.

HITES offers a one-week residential experience for

rising eleventh and twelfth grade students. The program

provides an introduction into engineering, college life

preparation, and showcases the applications of math

and science.

The award recognizes HITES for inspiring students

through college preparatory, retention, and graduation.

The program serves as a model for research institutions

and minority-serving institutions to increase minority

engineering enrollment. HITES was recognized at the

34th Annual NAMEPA National Conference in West

Lafayette, Indiana, in February.

Since the beginning of 2001, HITES has provided the

experience to over two hundred high student juniors and

seniors. In 2011, 86 percent of seniors decided to major

in engineering once they enrolled in engineering.

“For me, the HITES program was the beginning of my

college experience,” Brandon Hamrick, a freshman

studying materials science and engineering said. “Not

only did it reveal to me what my true interests are, but

also it allowed me to engage with hands-on activities

and an opportunity to meet diverse people who shared

my goals.”

“Through HITES, I decided not only what field I wanted

to study, but it also made me decide to attend UT,” said

Kalese Howse, a freshman in industrial engineering.

“I was exposed to many different engineering majors

and switched interests to industrial engineering. The

program also got me excited about UT by showing the

programs, facilities, and campus life available, despite

that walk up the Hill.”

The NAMEPA Outstanding Pre-College/Community

Organization Award was established to honor precollege

programs, community organizations, or

individuals who have been active in increasing the

participation of minorities in engineering disciplines at

the pre-college or community level.

NAMEPA is a national network of educators and

representatives from industry, government, and

nonprofit organizations who share a common

commitment to improving the recruitment and retention

of African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians

earning degrees in engineering. For more information

about NAMEPA, visit http://www.namepa.org.

GEM Consortium Hosts GRAD Lab

The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratories

(ORNL), in conjunction with the national GEM Consortium, hosted

the Getting Ready for Advanced Degrees Laboratory (GRAD Lab) on

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at the Carolyn P. Brown University Center

on the UT campus. This fun, free event was designed to inform and

motivate students from underrepresented groups in STEM (Science,

Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields to understand the importance

of a graduate degree. The event hosted sixty-one participants

consisting of undergraduate STEM students—particularly sophomores,

juniors, and seniors—and master’s students considering a PhD pursuit

from seven institutions (Humboldt State University, Mississippi State

University, Norfolk State University, Southern Polytechnic State

University, Tennessee Tech, UT-Knoxville, and UT-Chattanooga).

Speakers provided their insight and experience on graduate school

and beyond, including Dr. Carolyn Hodges, Vice Provost and Dean of

the UT Graduate School; Michele Lezama, Executive Director of the

National GEM Consortium; Dr. Johney Green, Director of Energy and

Transportation Science at Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL);

Dr. Ernest Brothers, Assistant Dean of the UT Graduate School; Channa

Palmer of ORNL’s University Recruiting office; Dr. Marcus Huggins from

the GEM Consortium; and other GEM representatives.

Students learned how to successfully apply to graduate school and

find funding opportunities. Topics included “Why Graduate School”;

“How to Prepare for Graduate School”; “Understanding the GEM

Fellowship”; and “Voices from the Field: Real Life Research and

Internship Experiences.” Participants from the GRAD Lab expressed

the following experiences:

“My expectations were exceeded. I had no desire to attend graduate

school before but now I am putting serious consideration into

attending graduate school.”

“It was wonderful and I hope to apply very soon to the fellowship and

graduate school.”

Diversity Office Welcomes Erica Echols

Erica Echols

Erica Echols is the new coordinator in the

Engineering Diversity Office.

Echols earned an MS in environmental science

and policy from the University of South Florida St.

Petersburg campus and a BS in chemistry from

North Carolina A&T State University. Her collegiate

and graduate experiences in programs such as the

NC-LSAMP, FG-LSAMP, and Minorities Striving and

Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success (MS PHD’S)

programs have enhanced her professional qualities

by honing her interpersonal skills and exposing

her to both scientific research and educational

leadership.

“All three of these programs taught me what it

means to be a mentor and how to show genuine

interest in the success of another individual,”

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The program provided a lot of information that I didn’t have

knowledge of pertaining to the process of getting into graduate

school. A lot of the information provided will be very useful to me

when I am applying for graduate school.”

The program offered a graduate school and undergraduate research

fair with representatives from UT, Oak Ridge National Laboratories,

Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, TN-SCORE,

National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, and the

Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission

Networks.

Echols said. “My passion in the field of education

is primarily focused on mentoring students

underrepresented in STEM fields. As I continue to

serve as a mentor, I work to encourage others to

pursue STEM fields, inspire students to work hard

toward their educational goals, and enrich students’

overall professional development and educational

experience.”

Echols said she is honored to work as a coordinator

with the diversity programs at UT.

“It is truly a blessing to work with programs, such

as TLSAMP, that are similar to the ones that have

afforded me many opportunities,” she added. “The

Engineering Diversity Programs staff and students

have welcomed me with open arms and made my

transition to Tennessee a smooth one.”

College of

Engineering

selected James

Pippin as associate

director for UTMESP.

College of

Engineering

selected James

Pippin as director

after the retirement

of Fred Brown. James Pippin Fred Brown.

Fred Brown,

Jr. Scholarship

Endowment was

established.

James T. Pippin

Diversity Scholarship

was established.

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TLSAMP news

UT Hosts 3rd Annual TLSAMP Awards Banquet

The University of Tennessee (UT),

Knoxville, hosted its Third Annual

Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for

Minority Participation (TLSAMP)

Awards Banquet on Monday, April

15, 2013, at the Carolyn P. Brown

University Center. The event was

moderated by Andre Shibata, a

sophomore majoring in material

science and engineering and Elyse

Vaughn, a sophomore majoring

in biochemistry and cellular and

Molecular Biology. The goal of the

TLSAMP program is to increase the

enrollment and graduation rate of

underrepresented ethnic minority

students (Hispanic, African-American,

American-Indian, Alaskan Native,

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and Pacific Islander) in science,

technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by at least 100

percent at the end of the five-year period.

Guests were welcomed by Travis Griffin, Director for the Office of

Engineering Diversity Programs. Students, faculty, administrators

and guests were recognized for their exceptional involvement in the

TLSAMP program.

Cavanaugh Mims, an UT nuclear engineering alumnus and

entrepreneur, was the evening’s guest speaker. Mims is the president

of Visionary Solution, LLC, a small business and minority business

enterprise (MBE) providing proven solutions for complex issues

involving transportation and logistics, program management,

reclamation and recycling, industrial, and training services.

“Always believe in yourself, because if no one else is going to believe in

you, you’ve got to be the one to always believe,” Mims told the group

in his remarks.

The program included recognition of faculty and students receiving

special honors from TLSAMP, the Society of Hispanic Professional

Engineers (SHPE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

The ceremony also featured a slideshow during dinner of TLSAMP,

SHPE and NSBE activities that took place throughout the school year.

In his remarks at the close of the banquet, Griffin said “Currently, the

TLSAMP program at UT currently provides assistance to over two

hundred underrepresented students this school year. Since 2002, UT’s

underrepresented annual STEM degree production has increased by

43% and STEM enrollment increased by 73% as of 2012. These are truly

outstanding efforts to which the university is to be commended.”

Awards presented at the banquet included:

SHPE Awards

SHPE Jr. Chapter Award

McGavock High School

SHPE Member of the Year

Johnson Luma, Civil Engineering

NSBE Awards

NSBE Freshman of the Year

Brandon Hambrick

Material Science & Engineering

The Golden Torch Award

Michael Swift

Electrical Engineering

Faculty of the Year

Christiane Barnes

Chemistry

Outstanding Volunteer Service

Jermaine Cheairs

Electrical Engineering

Outstanding Research Award

Ebony Lemons

Civil Engineering

Freshman of the Year

Cynthia Nkem

Biological Sciences

TLSAMP Scholar of the Year

Evan Wilson

Chemical Engineering

TLSAMP Graduating Seniors Awards

Darryl (T.J.) Bell

Electrical Engineering

Christian Canady

Civil Engineering

Sharae Cockrill

Biomedical Engineering

Shanel Crawford-Harris

Electrical Engineering

Cheyenne Flair

Food Science & Technology

Breana Harvell

Material Science & Engineering

Erica Hawkins

Biomedical Engineering

Amber Ingram

Industrial Engineering

Darius James

Electrical Engineering

Ebony Lemons

Civil Engineering

Stephanie Long

Nuclear Engineering

Timothy Mickens

Biomedical Engineering

Mia Mitchell

Biomedical Engineering

Eric Padro

Biomedical Engineering

Haniska Prinston

Civil Engineering

Kirsten Richard

Biomedical Engineering

Desiree Seay

Mathematics

Diana Shelby

Mechanical Engineering

Michael Swift

Electrical Engineering

Bradford Taylor

Industrial Engineering

Thomas Turner

Electrical Engineering

Chandler Wallace

Biomedical Engineering

Jasmine Wheeler

Food Science & Technology

Evan Wilson

Chemical Engineering

Tedros Yohannes

Food Science & Technology

Diana Shelby (left) presents the SHPE Member of

the Year Award to Johnson Luma.

Dr Masood Parang (left) and Damiyelle Smith

(right) present the TLSAMP Faculty of the

Year Award to Dr. Christiane Barnes from the

Department of Chemistry.

The 2013 TLSAMP graduating seniors.

COE Associate Dean for Academic and Student

Affairs Masood Parang (left) presents the TLSAMP

Scholar of the Year Award to Evan Wilson.

Dr. Parang (left) and Ashley Caston (right) with

TLSAMP Outstanding Research Award recipient

Ebony Lemons (center).

Tiffany Sithiphone (right) presents the NSBE

Golden Torch Award to Michael Swift.

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Dr. Masood Parang (left) and Cassandra Smith

(right) present a plaque to Cavanaugh Mims,

president of Visionary Solutions LLC, COE Board

of Advisors member, and keynote speaker for the

TLSAMP Awards Banquet.

Gabriel Valerio (right) and Dr. Parang (left)

present the TLSAMP Outstanding Volunteer

Award to Jermaine Cheairs.

Tiffany Sithiphone (left) with Brandon Hambrick,

the NSBE Freshman of the Year.

Middle School Introduction

to Engineering Systems

(MITES) was established for

rising seventh and eighth

grade students.

MESP moved to Office

of Professional Practice

and later renamed

Diversity Engineering

Scholarship Program.

Office of Minority

Engineering

Programs (MEP)

was established

including pre-college,

undergraduate, and

graduate support

programs.

Introduction of

Sophomores to Engineering

Principles (INSTEP) was

established for rising ninth

and tenth grade students.

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TLSAMP news

DuPont Executive Alfred Ogden Presents TLSAMP Seminar On Summer

Internships

Wesley Fenner, an industrial engineering major and TLSAMP student, presents

a plaque of appreciation to Alfred Ogden after his presentation at the

organization’s February meeting.

By Andre Shibata

On February 11, 2013, TLSAMP had its monthly meeting with

“Effective Values of Summer Internships” as the theme and the

presence of Dupont’s engineer and recruiter Alfred Ogden. Ogden is

well-known to TLSAMP since his presence is common in networking

events, such as NSBE’s “Bowling with the Bosses.” He always tries to

make an appearance to network with students looking for internship

and co-op opportunities. However, this time, Ogden came to work a

little bit more on the students’ side of the table to talk about how one

should prepare for acquiring an internship position and also how to

impress and succeed in it.

To introduce his speech, Ogden first explained that practical

experience is highly encouraged for those who want to acquire a job

after college. Ogden himself had four internships before he became

a part of internationally recognized company Dupont. One has to be

able to make a great first impression, because most young students

have a lack of industry experience.

“To do that, it is very important to show recruiters all other working

experiences and achievements that can be related to performing well

in the position desired,” Ogden said.

“Always put your best foot forward, and be well prepared for the

interview,” Ogden added. “Since the interview is probably the most

important part of the hiring process, it is essential to sell yourself and

ask yourself if that really is the company you want to work for.”

Ogden also emphasized skills that are needed to succeed in the

working environment, such as “soft skills” and leadership.

“We’re counted on to lead, so get to know your colleagues!” Ogden

emphasized.

This topic ended with the fact that having these skills is not enough,

and you need to master them.

In his presentation, Ogden highlighted that an internship is a job, and

a job requires work ethics, which is just another part of what students

have to be able to recognize.

“It’s never good enough!” he said, breaking down the subject into

four parts: “keep standards high,” “be accountable for your results,”

“hold peers accountable,” and “go where the action is.”

After going over key factors in succeeding in a job, the last part of

the presentation contained frequently asked questions that represent

common mistakes made by young students in their first internship

experience.

Q & A’s

Q: Is it okay to send an informal email

Ogden: Some of these things are not written down, but you should

always be professional and consistent with your emails.

Q: What if there’s a disagreement with the manager

Ogden: Talk to him, not with coworkers, because respect always

matters.

Q: Workplace romance

Ogden: Really Not a good idea, be aware of policies and don’t mix

personal life with work.

Q: What to do to prepare for an interview

Ogden: Review the material beforehand to be more comfortable, and

try to be extraverted.

Q: What if my GPA is low

Ogden: Work harder! They have limits to hire people, so do your best

to be prepared.

Q: How to acquire that first opportunity to have valuable experience

Ogden: Go to job fairs and talk to companies; it is the best way to get

your foot in the industry for your first time.

Adeleye Ademola, industrial engineering

junior, received a spring 2013 cooperative

education experience with Johnson & Johnson

as Revenue Analyst located in Skillman, New

Jersey.

Olufunke Tina Anjonrin-Ohu, biomedical

engineering freshman, received a summer

experience to serve a new student orientation

leader at the University of Tennessee,

Knoxville.

Carlos Calloway, mechanical engineering

sophomore, received a summer 2013

internship with Logan Aluminum located in

Russellville, Kentucky.

Shanel Crawford-Harris, electrical engineering

senior, received a full-time job at Eaton

Corporation as an Application Engineer

located in Sumter, South Carolina.

Kiera Crutcher, biological science sophomore,

received a summer 2013 undergraduate

research experience with the Department of

Neuroscience at the University of Missouri

located in Columbia, Missouri.

Alfredo Cruz, mechanical engineering

sophomore, received a summer 2013

internship education experience with DuPont

located in LaPlace, Louisiana.

Xavian Daniel, industrial engineering

junior, received a summer 2013 cooperative

education experience at Shaw Industries

located in Dalton, Georgia.

Courtney Dennis, material science and

engineering junior, received a summer 2013

internship as a Power Engineering Intern

with Tennessee Valley Authority located in

Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Jacinda Dunn, food science & technology

senior, received a 2013 George Washington

Carver Summer internship at Iowa State

University Department of Animal Sciences

located in Ames, Iowa.

Brandon Hambrick, materials science and

engineering freshman, received a summer 2013

undergraduate research experience in Polymer

Science with the Department of Chemistry

at the University of Tennessee located in

Knoxville, Tennessee.

Alan Hancock, computer engineering

senior, received a fall 2012 internship as an

Information Technology intern with Logan

Aluminum located in Russellville, Kentucky.

Tyrone Harris, nuclear engineering senior,

received a summer 2013 study abroad

experience during the summer 2013 semester

at Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech

Republic. Tyrone received a summer 2013

internship with McHale and Associates.

T. Shaunte Hunter, mechanical engineering

senior, received a summer 2013 internship with

Eastman Chemical in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Amber Ingram, industrial engineering senior,

studied abroad during the fall 2012 semester

at the Universidad La Salle located in Mexico

City, Mexico.

Darius James, electrical engineering senior,

received a summer 2013 internship with

Federal Express as Information Technology

intern located in Memphis, Tennessee.

Marcus Jeter, mechanical engineering

senior, conducted fall 2012/spring 2013

undergraduate research within the Micro/

Nan-Scale Fluidics and Energy Transport

Laboratory at the University of Tennessee

in Knoxville Tennessee. Marcus received a

summer 2013 internship with Knoxville Utility

Board located in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Sophia Jones, Industrial Engineering junior

received a spring 2013 cooperative education

experience with Altec Industries, Inc. as

Quality Assurance Intern located in Burnsville,

North Carolina.

Marquinta King, biochemistry & cellular and

molecular biology senior, studied abroad

during the fall 2012 semester in Beijing, China.

Ashley Lipford, mechanical engineering

sophomore, received a summer 2013

internship with DuPont located in Corpus

Christi, Texas.

Stephanie Long, nuclear engineering senior,

received a full-time job with Southern Nuclear

Operating Company located in Augusta,

Georgia.

Johnson Luma, civil & environmental

engineering junior, was recognized as a

Board of Corporate Affiliates (BCA) Scholar

by the National Society of Black Engineers

at the 39th Annual National Convention

held in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 27-

31, 2013. Johnson received a summer 2013

undergraduate research experience with the

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

(SURE) at Georgia Institute of Technology

located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Timothy Mickens, biomedical engineering

senior, conducted summer 2012 undergraduate

research within the Stimulus Devices to treat

Infant Apnea at the University of Tennessee in

Knoxville Tennessee.

Cynthia Nkem, chemistry freshman, received

a summer 2013 internship with Hospital

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Corporation of America as Engineering

and Facility Management Intern located in

Nashville, Tennessee.

Solange Perez, biochemistry & cellular and

molecular biology senior, received a summer

2013 International Service and Learning

Humanitarian Abroad experience in Panama

City, Panama.

Lance Powell, mechanical engineering junior,

received a spring 2013 cooperative education

experience with Altec Industries, Inc. as Design

Engineer Intern located in Burnsville, North

Carolina.

Diana Shelby, mechanical engineering senior,

received a summer 2013 internship with

Amazon, Inc. as Facilities Engineering Intern

located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Andre Shibata, material science & engineering

sophomore, received a summer 2013 internship

with Logan Aluminum as Engineering Testing

Intern located in Russellville, Kentucky.

Samantha Stewart, biochemistry & cellular

and molecular biology senior, received a

full-time job at Department of Health and

Safety as Radiation Safety officer in Nashville,

Tennessee.

Michael D. Swift, electrical engineering senior,

received a summer 2013 internship with

General Electric as an Energy Management

Intern located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Jalen Tarvin, electrical engineering

sophomore, received a summer 2013

internship with TVA located in Chattanooga,

Tennessee.

Gabriel Valerio, mechanical engineering

freshman, received a summer 2013 internship

with DuPont located in LaPlace, Louisiana.

DeAnna Walker, civil & environmental

engineering junior, was recognized as an

ExxonMobil Scholar by the National Society of

Black Engineers at the 39th Annual National

Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana

on March 27-31, 2013. DeAnna received a

summer 2013 internship with Tennessee Valley

Authority Sequoyah Nuclear Plant as Nuclear

Intern located.

MacKinzie Washington, mechanical

engineering sophomore, received a summer

2013 internship with DuPont located in

Memphis, Tennessee.

Evan Wilson, chemical & biomolecular

engineering senior, received a full-time job

with International Paper as Process Engineer

located in Augusta, Georgia.

Society of Hispanic

Professional Engineers

(SHPE) student chapter

was established and

chartered.

High Introduction to

Engineering Systems

(HITES) was established

for rising eleventh and

twelfth grade students.

Tennessee Louis Stokes

Alliance for Minority

Participation (TLSAMP)

was established and with

Dr. Denise Jackson serving

as principal investigator.

Office of Minority

Programs renamed to

the Office of Diversity

Programs.

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ENGINEERING DIVERSITY pre-college

The 2012 Engineering Summer Diversity Programs

The 2012 Engineering Summer Diversity Programs were held from

June 17 through July 27, totaling five separate weeks of pre-college

engineering programs. In 2012, the college was able to increase the

summer pre-college programs by two weeks thanks to corporate

support for this diversity initiative. AT&T sponsored a full week of

MITES (geared towards seventh and eighth graders) and Bechtel

sponsored a full week of HITES (geared towards eleventh and twelfth

graders). TVA and Boeing were also participating sponsors that

assisted in covering the costs of these five weeks.

Designed to develop a diverse applicant pool by introducing young

people to engineering with exciting projects, the summer programs

have been experienced a sixty percent increase in student enrollment

for the 2012 programs.

All program projects were designed and implemented by the

college’s NSF funded Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric

Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT), which emphasizes research

on power transmission systems and sustainable energy. This allowed

the participants to be heavily involved with our UT faculty involved

with CURENT.

Dr. Chien-fei Chen, the Education and Diversity Co-Director of

CURENT, and Dr. Syed Kamrul Islam oversaw all five weeks with

the assistance of Dr. Kevin Tomsovic, Director of CURENT, Adam

Hardebeck, and Rebecca Oldham. Several PhD students also worked

with the participants including Brad Tentro, Terrence Randall, Liu

Liu, and Geneva Doak. In addition, Miller Callaway (a middle school

teacher) and Carolynn Clemons (a high school teacher) assisted with

the MITES weeks.

Projects consisted of building a miniature transmission line, a solar

car, and wind turbines. The engineering design projects challenged

students to apply their knowledge through hands-on projects and

inspired problem-solving skills and an interest in engineering.

All five weeks closed out with an awards program, during which the

corporate sponsors were recognized. We were excited to have Alan

Hill, the Regional Director of External Affairs at AT&T Tennessee,

speak at the AT&T sponsored MITES week, and to have Stephen

Buckley, Senior Project Manager for Bechtel, speak at the Bechtel

sponsored HITES week.

AT&T MITES 2012 participants engaged in CURENT Engineering Design Lab.

Cameron Rios and Christine Garcia, INSTEP 2012 participants designing Solar

Ovens for CURENT Engineering Design.

Stephen Buckley, Bechtel representative (third from left) joins counselors (in white shirts from L-R): Marquinta King, Michael Swift, Sam Littlejohn, Antwanette

Anderson, A’Ricka Mitchell, Lance Powell, Geoff Conklin and students (Orange shirts) in the 2012 Bechtel HITES program for the awards presentations.

Eric Rodriquez and Kalaf Levy, Bechtel HITES 2012 participants working on

Wind Energy design project facilitated by CURENT.

2010 2010 2012

2013

Betsy White providing instruction to Bechtel HITES 2012 participants within

Engineering Fundamentals class.

College of

Engineering

selected Travis

Griffin as

director after

the retirement of

James Pippin.

Travis griffin

James Pippin

James T. Pippin Pre-College

Program Endowment was

established.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) student chapter

was established and chartered.

INSTEP was restructured to develop two new programs: Engineering

Volunteers for Ninth Graders and Engineering Volunteers for Tenth Graders.

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Office of Engineering Diversity Programs

University of Tennessee College of Engineering

110 Estabrook Hall

Knoxville, TN 37996-2360

(865) 974-1931

www.engr.utk.edu/diversity

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UT’s NSBE Top Scholars and recognize as Regional Chapter of the Year

Jelece Morris (NSBE Region 3 Chair), Tiffany

Sithiphone (UT NSBE President), and Michael

Boswell (NSBE Region 3 Vice Chair).

The National Society of Black Engineers

(NSBE) recognized two University of

Tennessee (UT), Knoxville, students with

scholar awards for the 2013-2014 academic

year at the organization’s annual national

convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana, on

March 27-31, 2013.

The awards were presented at NSBE’s 16th

Annual Golden Torch Awards event to honor

exemplifying the organization’s ideals of

academic excellence, professional success and

dedication to improve the African American

community. DeAnna Walker, a civil engineering

junior from Chattanooga, Tennessee, received

the ExxonMobil Scholar award and Johnson

Luma, a civil engineering sophomore from

Memphis, Tennessee, received the NSBE Board

of Corporate Affiliates National Scholar award.

The UT chapter garnered regional recognition

by receiving 2013 Medium Chapter of the Year.

NSBE recognizes and celebrates the

achievements of chapters that advance

the goals of the society, contribute to the

community and the engineering profession.

NSBE awards chapters that have excelled in

the academic enhancement of its members,

in scholarship, leadership, and in the overall

facilitation of programs and activities.

The mission of NSBE is to increase the number

of culturally responsible Black Engineers who

excel academically, succeed professionally,

and positively impact the community. NSBE

is the largest student-run organization in the

country with more than 29,000 collegiate, precollegiate,

alumni, and lifetime members all

over the globe.

National Society of Black Engineers Chapter Officers 2013-2014

Diamond Wallace, President

Email: president@nsbeutk.com

DeAnna Walker, Vice President

Email: vicepresident@nsbeutk.com

Kalese Howse, Secretary

Email: secretary@nsbeutk.com

Courtney Dennis, Programs Chair

Email: programschair@nsbeutk.com

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Chapter Officers 2013-2014

Diana Shelby, President

Email: dshelby2@utk.edu

Carlos Gonzalez, Vice President

Email: cgonzal6@utk.edu

Alfredo Cruz, Treasurer

Email: lyw192@utk.edu

Cristian Orozco, Secretary

Email: corozco@utk.edu @utk.edu

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