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eBlast for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

TODAY Purple Career Readiness Workshop on Feb. 6: Answering Difficult Interview Questions

Join the Center for Career Development on Thursday, Feb. 6, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Roaden University Center Tech Pride Room (1st floor) for this Purple Career Readiness Workshop! Do not miss this opportunity to learn how best to answer difficult interview questions from future employers.

This event is open to all students in all majors and counts towards the Purple Career Readiness Certificate for junior and senior students. Bring your Eagle Card for a quick sign-in.

TODAY Careers n’ Coffee The Washington Center Careers n’ Coffee + Lunch & Learn is Thursday, Feb. 6

If you have an interest in gaining experience while learning to sharpen your skills while working in our nation’s capital, stop by one of the events today to learn how you can apply for The Washington Center’s Summer Internship Program. 

Visit with representatives at Careers n’ Coffee between 10am-12pm on Tues., Feb. 6 in Swoops. Are you interested in the full presentation? Then grab your lunch and join us in the Tech Pride Room for the Lunch & Learn from 12pm-1pm! Learn how The Washington Center is a bridge between higher education and professional careers—leveraging all of what Washington, D.C. has to offer!

Events hosted by the Center for Career Development. 931-372-3232 |

TODAY Interested in Additive Manufacturing? Attend the Center for Manufacturing Research’s Golden Eagle Additively Innovative Virtual Lectures.  The next lecture is Thursday February 6 11:00 am – 11:30 am and is titled “New Functionalities for Metal AM by Embedded Intelligence” by Puukko Pasi of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.  Join from anywhere via  For more information, contact Michelle Davis at, 931-372-6386.

TOMORROW Undergraduate STEM Research Seminar: Rachel Hamburg, UAH -This week's Undergraduate STEM Research Seminar will feature Rachel Hamburg, a graduate student from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Rachel's talk, Gamma-rays and Gravitational-waves in the Multi-messenger Era,  will describe how mankind's recently-developed ability to simultaneously detect gamma-ray and gravitational radiation from astronomical events like neutron star mergers provides an exciting new way to understand our universe. The seminar will be this Friday, Feb. 7th, at 3pm in Foundation Hall 238, with refreshments served at 2:30pm. This seminar series is geared for undergraduates from any STEM major, but graduate students and faculty are also encouraged to attend! Visit the seminar webpage to see the full Spring 2020 schedule.

ON SALE NOW! NSBE Presents Valentine's Gift Basket Raffle! Don't miss out on giving that special someone that National Society of Black Engineers gift they deserve! Tuesday, Feb. 4—13 from 10 a.m. —2 p.m. in the RUC Lobby purchase your raffle ticket for $1! Items included: Apple Airpod cases, headphones, various toiletries, valentines chocolate, and more.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! The Engineering Joint Council (EJC) at Tennessee Tech University will be hosting the Engineers Week (EWeek) Awards Banquet, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 in the Multipurpose Room, RUC. Student tickets for the banquet are ON SALE NOW in all department offices for $5 each. Your $5 will be refunded when the ticket is presented at the door the evening of the banquet. Banquet seating begins at 5:30 p.m., banquet begins at 6 p.m.

Ticket sales close Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

REMEMBER: The more student tickets purchased through your department gets your department extra points that go toward winning the 2020 EWeek Best Darn Major Award!


Congratulations SPRING GRADUATES! In order to complete your requirements for graduation you MUST take the Senior Exit Exam. It is required by the State of Tennessee that all students attending a state-supported college or university complete this assessment. Failure to do so will result in your diploma being on hold until the test is taken.

REGISTER TODAY at the following link.

STUDENT AMBASSADOR SEARCH The search is underway for energetic, personable, organized, informed students to represent Tennessee Tech and the College of Engineering as Student Ambassadors for the academic year 2020-2021. Mr. Ingle, SSC Director, looks forward to meeting with you to get to know you and share information about the student ambassador program. Interviews will be held during the month of February. Contact Donna Thorne at to schedule a meeting with Mr. Ingle.

SAVE THE DATE Engineering Fair is Thursday, Mar. 5 in the Hooper Eblen Center from 10am-2pm

It’s time to start getting ready for the Engineering Career Fair!  The fair will be in the Hooper Eblen Center on Thursday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Brush up your resume, select your professional clothing, polish those shoes, and visit the Center for Career Development for assistance with resumes and elevator pitches!  Over 120 employers are already registered to attend.  Want to know what employers are attending? Download the Career Fair Plus app on your phone – floor maps will be available soon!

Join the CyberEagles Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 11am to noon in Prescott 215 for pizza and an introduction to our Cyber Interest Groups (CIGs). This meeting will be an opportunity for you to learn about our cyber interest groups and how they can help you prepare for a job and build a portfolio of projects and experience. Interviewers love to hear about what you have done outside of your classes and the CIGs offer some great opportunities to get résumé-able experience and to learn skills you can apply in your future career. The CIGs have a lot of cool stuff planned for this semester, so be sure to come to the meeting to find a group you are interested in. We have interest groups for defensive security, offensive security (ethical, of course!), and capture-the-flag skill developing competitions. We have opportunities for all skill levels, so freshmen and new students, please get involved!

Eagle Works Challenges return this month with the Design Challenge and your chance at a $1,000 scholarship!

Come get a crash course in Design Thinking, a process that can be used for any problem in all parts of life and career! Throughout the evening you’ll work alone or in a team to pick a problem and prototype a solution – this will be a great start to getting ready for the main Eagle Works competition in April! This workshop will help you build problem-solving and teamwork skills while taking you through the five steps of Design Thinking. Can't think of a problem you want to solve? We'll give you some backups at the event! You'll have about two and a half hours to:

  • Form your team (you may also work alone, but remember, more people=more ideas!)
  • Design and create a representation of your solution
  • At 7:30 p.m. all teams will present to judges
  • The winning team will get a $1000 scholarship!!!

We’ll be providing food and giveaways, along with all kinds of prototyping materials, from yarn and scissors to markers and poster board. The Design Challenge will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in the RUC Multipurpose Room (RUC 282). Teams will present their prototypes and ideas to a panel of judges starting at 7:30 p.m.

We hope to see you there!

Register for Eagle Works and a chance at a $10,000 grand prize! Eagle Works registration is now open! Join students from programs across campus to compete for awards totaling $20,000. Eagle Works is a Shark Tank-style competition focusing on innovation & entrepreneurship, problem solving, creative thinking, and teamwork! The competition is open to all Tech students from all programs of study. You can join alone or form a team to compete. This year’s competition preliminary round will be held on Friday, April 3 at 6 p.m., with the final round on Saturday, April 18! For more information and to register for the competition, visit or email

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at Tennessee Tech:  June 1 – August 7.  Application deadline: March 1. “Secure and Privacy-Preserving Cyber-Physical Systems Software and Hardware Approaches”.  This summer REU site focuses on cybersecurity challenges in future cyber-physical systems including smart and safe cities, self-driving cars, industrial internet of things, and smart power grid.  Participants must be a US citizen or permanent resident, have a 3.0 or higher GPA, and graduate after September 2020.  Eligible majors are electrical and computer engineering, computer science, or any other related discipline.  Total award is worth approximately $9,000.  For more information

NSF REU summer program at Indiana University (Application due by 3/16/20): Jetstream is the National Science Foundation’s first production cloud computing system. The goal of Jetstream is to increase access to cloud computing resources to researchers in the long-tail-of-science (including social science and humanities research). Students will work with Indiana University researchers and staff to do mentored research projects about Jetstream. Potential research topics include efficient utilization of Jetstream for data analytics tasks, minimizing energy consumption via dynamic load balancing, best practices with big data analytics using Jetstream, best practices with compute-intensive humanities projects. Students will receive a generous stipend and, if needed, accommodations in one of IU's dorms for the duration of the experience. Most program activities will be conducted on the IU campus (Bloomington, IN); however, we anticipate travel to a conference (travel expenses provided). Program dates are expected to be May 28 - July 30, 2020. Application materials are due March 16, 2020.

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