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Tickle College of Engineering

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network and Battelle Sponsors University of Tennessee
Tickle College of Engineering's Summer Enrichment Program

The Tennessee Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Innovation Network and Battelle are sponsoring the UT Tickle College of Engineering's Engineering Volunteers for Ninth Graders (eVOL9) June 23-28, 2013, at the UT Knoxville campus.

Battelle is a global research and development organization committed to science and technology for the greater good. The company partners with the University of Tennessee to manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

"Battelle is excited to partner with UT to inspire our next generation of STEM leaders and prepare them to pursue high-tech STEM careers," said Eric Fingerhut, Vice President, Education and STEM Learning at Battelle.

A total of thirty-two participants were selected out of ninety-eight applications from rising 9th graders in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

The college's Engineering Diversity Programs Office offers the summer engineering program, which has hosted 230 middle school students and has grown from twenty-three participants in 2000 to thirty-two in 2013.

Participants will be housed at the HESS Residential Hall and will enjoy meals at the President Court/Rocky Top Café while living on campus and participating in a rigorous program of instruction about the field of engineering.

Faculty involved in the eVOL9 program include Dr. Jenny Retherford from the freshman Engineering Fundamentals program; Mr. Michael Gilbert, who will provide assistance toward preparation for the math section of the ACT test; and the group will visit three engineering departments including civil and environmental engineering, hosted by Dr. Stephanie TerMaath; materials science and engineering, hosted by Carlos Gonzales; and nuclear engineering, hosted by Dr. Lawrence Heilbronn.

The program, formerly named Introduction of Sophomore to Engineering Principles (INSTEP) was initiated in 2000, facilitated by EDP office. The objective is to provide an introduction to engineering, showcase the applications of math and science, and learn what engineers do in the real world. INSTEP was renamed in 2013 and now offers two sessions: eVOL9 (rising 9th graders) and Engineering Volunteers for Tenth Graders (eVOL10). All students from the region who have met this standard are welcome to apply for the appropriate program for their age group. Participants learn about careers in engineering, visit engineering labs and facilities, compete in engineering challenges, cultivate new friendships, and gain a jump-start on their academic careers.

"eVOL9's hands-on, project-based approach complements the TSIN's vision for well-rounded students who can expand our state's capacity for innovation," said Wesley Hall, Director of Client Engagement at the TSIN.

For more details on these summer engineering programs visit:
Additional contacts: Kim Cowart (865-974-0686/
Travis Griffin (865-974-1931/


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