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eBlast for Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020

Engineering Week starts next week! Students wanting to compete in the first event Monday, Feb 17 @fit pool 6:30-8 p.m. - the Water Bottle Raft Race. Remember that each major must bring their own materials to compete.

Follow @tntechejc on Instagram for the complete schedule and latest updates.

TODAY Tuesday, Feb. 11 Purple Career Readiness Workshop on Feb. 11: Am I Career Ready?  Join the Center for Career Development on Tuesday, Feb. 11, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Roaden University Center Tech Pride Room (1st floor) for this Purple Career Readiness Workshop! Are you wondering what Career Ready means?  Be sure to attend this workshop to see exactly what employers have identified as a Career Ready Graduate. 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.  Career Readiness Workshops are hosted by the Center for Career Development. 931-372-3232

TODAY 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!

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. Follow @nsbetntech on Instagram.

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!

MONDAY Professor Dr. Chris Clifton from Purdue University to deliver a Tech Talk on “Encrypted Computation: How and When" Monday, Feb. 24, 10-11 a.m. in Prescott Hall, Room 208. All are welcome to attend. This Tech Talk is hosted Dr. Denis Ulybyshev, CEROC and the Department of Computer Science.


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!

TOMORROW 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!

iMakerSpace Graduate Assistantship – APPLY NOWEligibility and Qualifications: Candidates must be enrolled or accepted to a M.S. degree program in good standing in the College of Engineering. They should have experience with modeling software, slicing software, 3-D printing methods and techniques; have good interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. Application Process: Applicants should submit a resume with a cover letter and list of three references to Dr. Ismail Fidan at ( by March 23, 2020. For More Information: Please contact Professor Ismail Fidan at or (931) 372- 6298.

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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