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eBlast for Nov. 10, 2020


  • Tuesday, Nov. 10 | Purple Career Readiness Workshop: Professionalizing my Resume to be Employer Ready | RUC Multipurpose Room 11-11:45 am
  • Monday, Nov. 16 | Virtual Employer Spotlight featuring Tennessee State Parks Session #1 | 3pm – 4pm | Students register in Handshake Events for Zoom Access Info
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 | Virtual Employer Spotlight featuring Tennessee State Parks Session #2 | 11am – Noon |Students register in Handshake Events for Zoom Access Info
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 | Purple Career Readiness Workshop: Am I Career Ready? | RUC Multipurpose Room 11-11:45 am
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 | GOLD and PURPLE Career Readiness Workshop: Semester End |  RUC Multipurpose Room 11-11:45 am
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 | Careers n’ Coffee featuring Barnhart Crane and Rigging | 11am-1pm in Swoops Lobby
  • Friday, Nov. 20 | Career Readiness Application DUE Date | Drop completed Career Readiness Applications by our office in the RUC Room 328 by 4:30pm, submit online or email to on Nov. 20.

Virtual Walk-In Hours for the Center for Career Development – Wednesday Mornings 9am-noon: Login to your Handshake Account > Click Events next to the Search Bar > Click Virtual Walk-in Hours > Click the link and start your live chat via Teams.

** NEW - Cooperative Education Cords offered to Fall 2020 Graduates **

Are you an upcoming Fall 2020 Graduate that formally participated in the Cooperative Education Program?  The Cooperative Education Office is now offering Graduation Cords to students graduating in the Fall 2020 semester that formally enrolled in the Co-op Program during their entire assignment.  The cords are a gift from Mr. Greg Cook, an alumnus of the Cooperative Education Program.  Mr. Cook has expressed his appreciation of the Cooperative Education Program and the importance it served at the beginning of his engineering career and wishes to congratulate graduating co-op students.

If you would like to reserve your cord, you MUST complete the following form by the November 15 deadline: Fall 2020 Graduates - Cooperative Education Cords Request 


Graduating this Fall? 2020 Registration is open for

Please bring the exact amount or pay by check. There will be no refunds, although initiates who miss a ceremony for unavoidable reasons may participate in the next scheduled ceremony. If you wish to accept this invitation, please come by Clement Hall 201, no later than noon, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020.

Induction into the Professions Ceremony will be held Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 at 3 p.m. in Derryberry Auditorium. Participants need to arrive by 2:45 p.m. Social Distancing will be enforced.  Masks Required.

Looking for another class to complete your next schedule? Take a spring elective with Chemical Engineering! Take a look at the classes below. More information can be found here, or talk to your advisor.

  • CHEM4560/6810 - Agile Manufacturing (3 cr hr) Prerequisite: CHE4410 (Design I) or equivalent Instructor: Dr. Bahman Ghorashi
  • CHEM4335/6810 - Fuel Cells (3 cr hr) Prerequisite: CHE3010 or ME3210 Instructor: Dr. Cynthia Rice
  • CHEM4973/6810 - Membrane Based Gas Separation (3 cr hr) Prerequisite: CHE3111, CHE4131 or equivalent Instructor: Dr. Venkat Padmanabhan
  • CHEM6810 - Technical Writing in Research for Engineers (3 cr hr) Prerequisite: Research Results Instructor: Dr. Cynthia Rice

 New Faculty Research Seminars

  • Arman Sargolzaei, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering will be presenting Security of Networked Control Systems TODAY Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 4:30—5:30 p.m. Zoom Link:
  • John Tester, Ph.D., Associate Professor, General & Basic Engineering will be presenting Manufacturing for Design’ & Additive Manufacturing Monday, Nov. 16 from 4:30—5:30 p.m. Zoom Link:
  • Charles Van Neste, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering will be presenting A New Wireless: Sending Power Over and Through Surfaces Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 4:30—5:30 p.m. Zoom Link:

Undergraduate STEM Research Seminar: Mina Kemp, Computer Science: This week's (virtual) Undergraduate STEM Research Seminar will feature Computer Science major Mina Kemp. Mina is developing software that utilizes the open source 3D visualization software Blender as a front end to a Monte Carlo simulation code used to calculate the behavior of ultracold neutrons in fundamental physics experiments. In her talk "A Graphical User Interface-Based Framework for Ultracold Neutron Monte Carlo Simulations", Mina will describe her approach to developing an intuitive and powerful interface aimed in part at reducing the barrier for new researchers who wish to utilize the simulation code. The seminar will be this Friday, November 13th at 4pm. It is geared for undergraduates from any STEM major, but graduate students and faculty are also encouraged to attend! Contact Dr. Holley ( for connection information to the Zoom session. Visit the seminar webpage to see Mina's full abstract and the current schedule for upcoming talks.  Abstract Link: 


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering announces the Thesis Defense of Daniel Rikli in partial fulfillment of the requirements For the degree of Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering November 12, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Zoom Link:

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Announces the Thesis Defense of Anthony G. Emiren in partial fulfillment of the requirements For the degree of Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering November 9, 2020 at 3 p.m. Webex Link:

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering announces the Thesis Defense of Richard Leon Morrow III in partial fulfillment of the requirements For the degree of Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering November 12, 2020 at 3 p.m. Zoom Link:


Juniors & Seniors - Fall Undergraduate Scholarship Competition - The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education’s (ORISE) is hosting a research-based scholarship challenge for undergraduate students! The challenge is for students to develop an infographic to communicate the current leading ways to purify drinking water. UNICEF and WHO report that one in three people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water. Although the United States has one of the safest drinking water supplies in the world, it is an ongoing challenge to protect it.  Your infographic could win you a $5,000 scholarship! For more information on this competition, please visit the ORISE website at The competition deadline is Monday, November 30, 2020.

Summer 2021 Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program (U.S. Department of Energy | Office of Science) The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program is now accepting applications for the 2021 Summer Term. Applications are due January 12, 2021 at 5:00 PM ET. Visit ‘How to Apply’ for more information.

NSF: America’s SEED FUND SBIR.STTR: You are cordially invited by the National Science Foundation to attend the webinar “Start Your Project Pitch” on Friday,  November 13, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. ET. In this webinar, a Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program Director will discuss the elements of a Project Pitch and how to get started. Register here:

The Colleges of Engineering & Business Present the 2020 iMakerSpace Design & Manufacturing Competition. This open-ended contest gives you the freedom to choose your design concept. Solve a problem, make something functional or let your creativity lead the way. The choice is yours! Feel free to use our machines in the makerspace to manufacture your design. Submissions are due in the iMakerSpace by Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 by 4 p.m. with a short write-up of design.


  • 1 submission per entrant
  • Must be appropriate
  • Must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 by 4 p.m.


  • Best Overall Design
  • Creative Award
  • Innovation Award

Please email with any questions or concerns.

iMakerSpace 349 Volpe Library


Come and join us at Autonomous Robotics Club TONIGHT. Interested in learning about CAD, Linux, Arduino? Just want to work on exciting projects like drones, battle bots, or a robotic humanoid? If any of these interests you, come expand your knowledge and experience through practical means and be a valued part of our ever-expanding team - every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in Brown 315. Everyone is welcome. And don't forget to join our discord at

Pi Tau Sigma is offering tutoring to all ME and GBE students on Monday nights from 6-8 p.m. in Brown 206. Tutoring is available for any ME course up to 3000 level, Physics I & II, Math up to Calculus III, Statics, Mechanics and Materials, MATLAB, and Graphics. We ask that if you do plan to come, please let us know to better help you, but it is not necessary. Contact Abbey Ward (, Abby Collier ( ), or the Pi Tau email ( for more information.


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