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Engineers Day Brings Record Crowd, Competition, and NASA to The Hill

Lenoir City High School's Graham Denton describes the wind turbine that he and Rebecca Schuster built for an Engineers Day competition at UT.

The College of Engineering’s annual Engineers Day festivities brought a record-setting number high school students from around the state to The Hill on Thursday, where demonstrations, games, food, and fun served as the backdrop for a “getting to know you” session between the students from and the college.

Diversity Growth a Key Focus of College of Engineering

When Fred Peebles, dean of UT’s College of Engineering, hired Fred Brown to lead the newly created Minority Engineering Program in 1973, there were twenty-six total African American students in engineering. The program blossomed under Brown’s leadership and that of his successors, James Pippin and Travis Griffin, to the point that more than 1,000 minority engineers have now graduated.

Engineers Day to Draw 1,700 to UT, Feature Address from Space Station

Astronauts Barry Wilmore, left, and Reid Wiseman set up their space suits and tools in the equipment lock of the Quest Airlock aboard the International Space Station on October 1. Wilmore earned his master’s in aviation systems from UT.

Competition, fun, and a little information will be on tap Thursday as some of the top high school students in East Tennessee arrive on campus for the College of Engineering’s annual Engineers Day. All undergraduate classes will be dismissed for the day so that UT faculty, staff and students can interact with the visitors, more than 1,700 of whom will be attending this year.