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UT Engineering Students, Friends of the Smokies Working to Improve Donation Boxes

A team from the Tickle College of Engineering is continuing its work with Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Friends of the Smokies to redesign and manufacture its visitor donation boxes. Friends of the Smokies asked the college to help solve a critical problem: how to design and produce a more durable and secure collection box, as vandals have targeted the boxes in the past.

Materials Camp Offers Students Chance to Take on Investigator’s Role

Whodunnit? Or rather, how’d they do it? That will be the question students will be trying to answer next week when the Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomes budding detectives to its annual Materials Camp. Reading like an episode of TV’s “CSI,” the camp will give high school students a chance to solve various clues to the identity of an unknown perpetrator based on the use of a wide array of techniques and tools used by materials scientists.