Responding to President Barack Obama’s call to empower America’s students and entrepreneurs to invent the future, the College of Engineering is participating in today’s National Day of Making, held in conjunction with the first White House Maker Faire.
Women comprise less than a quarter of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) workforce in the United States, and they are most likely to leave those jobs compared to men. A workshop to familiarize women in the mathematical sciences with professional opportunities in academics, industry, and government labs and help them thrive in mathematics-related fields, will be held April 9–11 at UT.
Part of a national effort to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics undergraduate education is being directed by a UT professor. Three five-day National Science Foundation Ideas Labs —one for biology, one for engineering, and one for geosciences—are being held this month through April 4 in the Washington, D.C., area. Louis Gross, director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT, will serve as director of the Biology Ideas Lab.
Egypt is now linked into a high-speed internet housed at UT Knoxville that allows scientists, students, and educators worldwide to collaborate to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Slowed by the country’s revolution, it took more than two years to complete the link, which is part of the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development, or GLORIAD—a fiber-optic science network that circles the world.
Shaunte Hunter, a junior in mechanical engineering at UT Knoxville, has been selected as a student recipient for the Women of Color in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Community Awards. This award recognizes Hunter, from Chattanooga, for her great work in and out of the classroom and will be presented to her at the Women of Color STEM Conference in Dallas this month.