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For the week of March 16, 2012

@COE is published on a weekly basis.

Please send submissions for @COE to Randall Brown in the Engineering Communications Office at rbrown73@utk.edu by noon on Thursdays.

Min H. Kao building dedication

Min Kao ribbon cutting

The opening celebration and dedication ceremony for the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building took place Wednesday, March 14, at the building, 1520 Middle Drive on the UT Knoxville campus.

Speakers were Dr. Min H. Kao, Gov. Bill Haslam, U.T. Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, UT President Joe DiPietro, College of Engineering Dean Dr. Wayne T. Davis, Electrical Engineering Department Head Dr. Kevin Tomsovic and Min Kao Fellow Michael Pickelsimer.

The dedication included a unique vertical ribbon-cutting and an orange-and-white balloon drop that cascaded through the expansive atrium of the new building.

A reception and guided tours followed the dedication.


College of Engineering Faculty News

Dr. Michael BerryMAA logoDr. Michael Berry at MAA SE-2012 Math Jeopardy Contest

Dr. Michael Berry, Professor and Associate Department Head in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, hosted the 2012 Math Jeopardy Contest of the Mathematical Association of America. A record thirty-four collegiate teams from the southeastern United States and Ontario, Canada, competed in the contest on March 9-10, 2012 at Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga.

Dr. Berry, Tim Chartier (Davidson Collge, Davidson, N.C.), and Brian O’Connor (Tennessee Tech) were the moderators for the preliminary rounds held in the Harry S. Downs Center for Continuing Education at Clayton State.

The exciting final round had a few lead changes with the Birmingham Southern team took a commanding lead half way through the round. After the Final Jeopardy question, on series expansion, Birmingham Southern took first place (3,500 points) and Berry College took second place (1,4,29 points).  Georgia Southern and South finished third and fourth, respectively.


Dr. Chris CherryElectric-vehicle article stirs interest

Dr. Christopher Cherry's recent article "Electric Vehicles in China: Emissions and Health Impacts" was the second-most downloaded article in this month's Environmental Science & Technology online journal.

Dr. Cherry's article was co-authored with Shuguang Ji of the U.T. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Matthew J. Bechle and Julian D. Marshall of the University of Minnesota Department of Civil Engineering, and Ye Wu of the School of Environment at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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Dr. Bruce J. MacLennanDr. Bruce MacLennan in Ontario

Associate Professor Bruce MacLennan, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, gave a presentation on March 1, 2012, in the Distinguished Seminar Series of the School of Computing at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

MacLennan discussed post-Moore's Law computing and the need for assimilation between computational processes and their physical realizations. He examined the need to investigate "embodied computing," using as an example the concept of artificial morphogenesis, which uses computational processes analogous to those in embryological development in order to assemble complex physical structures.


Dr. Matthew Mench2012 Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion Forum

Dr. Matthew Mench, Condra Chair of Excellence in Energy Conversion and Storage in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, and Dr. Thomas Zawodzinski, Governor's Chair Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are co-hosting the 2012 Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion Forum on April 19-20th at the Knoxville Convention Center. The Dr. Thomas Zawodzinskiforum will feature top invited speakers from industry and academia covering state-of-the-art advances in lithium batteries, low temperature fuel cells and flow batteries. This two-day event will also feature a poster session and competition for students and an opportunity to network with our nation's electrochemical power engineers. Registration includes coffee/snack breaks and lunch, and the event will offer fun, optional nightly social programs for everyone.

For more information and to register please follow this link.

You can also download this flier.


College of Engineering Student News

Jamie Smotherman and Jasmine Kelley

Industrial Engineering seniors take the bronze in North Carolina

Jamie Smotherman and Jasmine Kelley, from left, seniors in Industrial Engineering, won 2nd Place for their paper and presentation entitled "Process Optimization of Boatmate Trailers, LLC" at the Institute of Industrial Engineers Mid-Atlantic Regional Student Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

The conference was attended by 11 schools from six states and Washington DC.

College of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholar students present their Big Ideas!

Mark Walker and Morgan Baltz, who will be the first two graduates of the College's National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program, recently shared their Grand Challenge themes in videos as part of the new Big Orange Big Ideas university branding campaign.

The U.T. Grand Challenge Scholars Program is one of only twelve in the country where engineering schools have developed a curricular and extracurricular program to educate students to be the generation that solves the National Academy's 14 Grand Challenges.

Mark Walker's Grand Challenge Theme: Preventing Nuclear War

Morgan Baltz's Grand Challenge Theme: Engineer Better Medicines


Student Opportunities

Opportunity to visit James Quillen College of Medicine

The staff at the Quillen College of Medicine have once again extended an invitation to UT students to visit the medical school campus in Johnson City. This visit is open to students who have *NOT* previously applied to medical school. During the visit you will have the opportunity to talk with admissions representatives, have lunch with current medical students, and tour the facility. We will carpool to Johnson City, so when you sign up, you should indicate whether or not you are available to drive. Riders will share the cost of gas with the drivers.

Engineering students: International Opportunity

Ask yourself:

1. Would you be interested in travelling to China with other students to experience culture, see engineers at work in a foreign country, and visit the nation with whom the United States shares its most important economic relationship?

2. Would you like a taste of big city life in Asia while visiting Hong Kong for two days, before going to a more industrial area for four days of guided tours of manufacturing facilities and cultural life in China?

3. Would you like a glimpse of a global perspective which will make you more employable upon graduation, in addition to helping you compete in a global marketplace?

4. Do you hold a current U.S. passport, or are you willing to start the process to obtain one immediately?

If you answered "yes" to more than one of these questions, we would like to hear from you! The trip will take place in the week immediately after Spring semester, prior to the beginning of Summer semester 2012. The cost is estimated to be around $2,500 for this experience of a lifetime. We are currently gauging interest in such a trip and are curious to see if we could get enough students to participate. Please e-mail Judith Mallory, Engineering International Coordinator at jmallory@utk.edu, call 974-9234, or stop by 130 Estabrook Hall. If there are enough students interested and able to take the trip, we will then schedule an information session.


Second Annual PEER Spring Symposium

The second annual Program for Excellence and Equity in Research Fellowship will be held on Thursday, March 29, at the University Center.

The PEER Fellowship is a graduate student training fellowship funded by the National Institutes of Health that is dedicated to increase minority representation in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The PEER Symposium will provide workshops and training sessions for undergraduate and graduate students at UT in STEM disciplines. This year's theme is "Networking for Success." All STEM students are invited as well as UT faculty or staff who are interested in the program.

Events include a Ph.D. Comics Movie Screening, a resource and information session, a keynote speaker, panel discussions and breakout sessions and a "Diversity in Research" Poster Session/Mixer. Contact Quentin Johnson at qjohnso3@utk.edu for details.

For more information and to register.

Flyers are available PhD Movie flyer and PEER Symposium Flyer.

studentsJob Openings

Need extra cash? Become a Note Taker! More info here!

Ed Program LogoUT Educational Advancement Program

The University of Tennessee Educational Advancement Program has an opening for a graduate administrative assistant student position working with web design and database management. For more information click here: Grad Student part time.pdf

Undergraduate Summer Research Internships

All undergraduate students enrolled at the Knoxville campus are eligible to apply.
Visit http://research.utk.edu/internships/ for more information.

Student AmbassadorsPre-health Spring Programs

If you are interested in pre-health events this spring, there are several happening soon! Check out this LINK: 2012 Events Flyer.pdf for more information!!

2012 Mini, Summer and Fall Registration Important Dates

Fall Eligibility Groups:    
March 26 Seniors 9am, 12 noon, 3pm
March 27 Seniors 9am, 12 noon
April 2 Juniors 9am, 12 noon, 3pm
April 3 Juniors 9am, 12 noon
April 9 Sophomores 9am, 12 noon, 3pm
April 10 Sophomores 9am, 12 noon
April 16 Freshmen 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm
April 17 Freshmen 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Engineering Professional Practice Update

Stay up-to-date with Engineering Professional Practice information and events by clicking the “Like” button on the program’s Facebook page, following the program on Twitter, visiting its website at www.coop.utk.edu or calling 865-974-5323.

Students, please note: If you receive a co-op or internship offer, please contact Engineering Professional Practice for help with paperwork and any preparations you may need – coop@utk.edu, 865-974-5323 or 310 Perkins Hall.

Engineering Professional Practice Student Feature

Featured student: Nathan Xander

Nathan XanderOur student this week is Nathan Xander, a mechanical engineering major, who accepted a co-op at Denso Manufacturing located in Maryville, Tennessee.

I worked in the Machine and Tools division within DENSO," said Xander. "Our job in the division was to design, using 3D model CAD, the machines being used on the floor in the plants. My responsibilities included completing quote packages, drawing packages, ordering parts, and communicating with the production engineers on the status of the projects. I spent my first week and a half utilizing tutorials learning the program used by the other design engineers, Solidworks. After two weeks of small part modeling I was given my first of three projects.”

"Time management is something that caught up to me," said Xander of the challenges he overcame in his co-op experience. "I learned to not waste time and get what I could get done early so there was less to worry about later. There is a lot that goes into drawing packages and getting the product out. I learned to not underestimate the time it will take."

Xander found that the most valuable benefit he received during his co-op assignment was the experience gained by actually working on projects and 3D modeling. "I learned a lot about what a real engineering job entails," he said.

Students may read more about their peers’ co-op experiences by logging into their Engineering Professional Practice profile via www.coop.utk.edu, clicking “Resource Library” (on the left margin) and selecting “Students at Work – In Their Own Words.”

For information on engineering co-op and internships, contact Engineering Professional Practice at coop@utk.edu or 865-974-5323.

Career Services Announcements

Upcoming Career Services Events

Graduate Admissions 101 Workshop: Gain an overview of the graduate school admissions process. Topics covered include: types of degrees, timelines, ways to learn about programs, elements of the application, required tests, preparing a strong candidacy and more. If view a video of this event or for additional information visit: http://career.utk.edu/graduate.php

Monday, March 26, 4pm-5pm, University Center Auditorium

How to Interview Workshop: This workshop is designed to help you learn how to prepare for the interview in terms of researching yourself, thinking about why an employer would want to hire you, researching the employer, knowing what to expect in an interview, and how to dress properly. The workshop will cover typical interview questions and questions you might wish to ask the employer.

Wednesday, March 28, 4pm-5pm, Career Services, 100 Dunford Hall

Networking 101 Workshop: This workshop will help you learn what networking really means and how to identify your own network of people that might be a great resource in your job search. Topics covered include where to find contacts, how to connect with them, and how they can help you in any internship or job search.

Wednesday, April 11, 4pm-5p, Career Services, 100 Dunford Hall


All positions and events are posted in HIRE-A-VOL by searching by Employer or Events

PolyOne Corporation Employer Information Session, Date: 3/28, Time: 6pm-8pm, Location: University Center 220

International Paper On-Campus Interview, IT Business Analyst – SAP, Systems Specialist -Technical Services, Platform Specialist - Internet Services, Build Coordinator Specialist I – RADS, Information Security Specialist, Application Development Specialist – RADS, Interview Date: 4/11, Application Deadline: 3/30

And MORE!  To view the complete job descriptions and event specifics, please log into your HIRE-A-VOL account.


College of Engineering Faculty: Don't Cancel That Class!

When you have to be away from the University, call on us!

April Gonzalez – Career Services Consultant for the College of Engineering would love the opportunity to talk about careers for your students, resume and interview skills, or about our resources, services and upcoming events. I am also happy to have you build in a visit from one of us to your class or to speak to student groups you may advise. Whether it is for 10 minutes or the entire class, I can share how we can help students with their career and job search.

With advance notice, workshop and seminar options can be customized to your needs and may include:

• Career Services Overview
• HIRE-A-VOL (online job postings, resume submittal system & on-campus interviewing opportunities)
• Job Search Strategies
• How To Ace Your Interviews
• Resumes That Get Read
• Personal Branding – Marketing Yourself
• Graduate School
• Second Interview or Company Visit
• Job Fair Tips and Tricks
• Business and Dining
• Etiquette
• Salary Negotiation
• Comparing Job Offers – It's NOT Just The Money
• Networking
• Succeeding on the Job
• Specialized Topics

Contact: April Gonzalez at agonza16@utk.edu or call 865-974-5435 with a date for the presentation and any particular topic or topics that you would like covered for your class or student group. Thank you for helping us help your students.


Thank-you: Job Fair and Spring 2012 College of Engineering Etiquette Dinner Follow-up

The Career Services Office would like to thank the faculty and staff that helped to support the Spring 2012 Job Fair events.  We saw an increased interest in employers wishing to recruit our students with 44% of employers attending the Spring Job Fair recruiting engineering graduates and a record number of students attending the Summer Job & Internship Fair. 

Also, thank you for support of the Engineering Etiquette Dinner on February 21, 2012. We had over 60 students attend this event to speak with representatives from ConAgra Foods, DENSO, Eastman Chemical and Mechanical Resource Group while learning about professional mealtime etiquette. We could not have done this without your support.  A special thanks goes out to NSBE, SWE and Theta Tau.

Again, thank you! We are looking forward to another successful academic year.

If you have submissions for @COE, the college's electronic newsletter, please send them to Randall Brown at rbrown73@utk.edu by noon on Thursdays.