College of Engineering Hosts 100th Anniversary of Engineers Day

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For the 100th year, undergraduate engineering classes will be dismissed for one day in October so students and faculty can interact with potential engineering students from high schools across the region.

This year’s annual Engineers Day will take place on Thursday, October 25.

More than a thousand students from forty-four high schools will be traveling to UT to learn about exciting opportunities for future engineers.

The event features exhibits along with high-energy and visually stimulating competitions culminating with a competitive Quiz Bowl session:

  • The Balsa Wood Bridge Competition will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Science and Engineering Research Facility (SERF) Building.
  • The Egg Drop Competition will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Min H. Kao Building on the fourth-floor entrance
  • The Food Battery Competition will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon in 502 Ferris Hall.
  • The new Radiation Shielding Competition will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon in 213 Ferris Hall.
  • The first round of the Quiz Bowl will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. The second round will be held from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The final session will be held from 1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. All Quiz Bowl sessions will take place in 307 SERF.

The keynote speaker will be Mark Cox, vice president for worldwide engineering and construction for the Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tennessee. Cox will speak at 10:00 a.m. in the Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building.

Cox has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UT and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

In his current position, Cox manages engineers and support personnel who design, build, improve and maintain Eastman facilities worldwide. In his previous position with Eastman, Cox was vice president for chemicals, fibers, and performance polymers technology.

Cox is a licensed professional engineer in Tennessee, a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He holds one US and several international patents for process technology currently being practiced by Eastman.

For more information on Engineers Day, visit the college’s website.

C O N T A C T :

Kim Cowart (865-974-0533, kcowart@utk.edu)

Whitney Heins (865-974-5460, wheins@utk.edu)

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