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Accolades: Taking Care of EF Business; Bachmann, Woodard Overdrive; Speaking the Scholarship Language

Instructors Vote on Top EF Projects for Spring 2019

Each semester the Engineering Fundamentals 152 class includes a semester-long design project. The spring 2019 semester projects were: Adaptive Technology, Interactive STEM App, and Community Service. EF instructors reported that they were very impressed by what was achieved and presented.

These four teams’ projects were voted by instructors as the Top EF 152 projects”

  • Volunteer East TN Mobile App: Natalie Kernisant, Noah Avery, Ben Stoller, Kincaid McGee
  • Blinky Bike & Skateboard Turn Signal and Light: Nick Bocuzzi, Brett Kim, Karan Patel, Gabby Nichols
  • Torquee STEM App: Joey Lemon, Brandon Mingledorff, John Polchan, Josh Bridges
  • Tranquil Triangle: Kalina Scarbrough, Shelby Ledbetter, Paxton Lifsey, Keenan Cox

Read more about these projects.


Bachmann Receives WIN’s Top Regional Honor

Amy Hill, Duke Energy and Region II Representative (left), and Mechelle Stanton, Institute of Nuclear Power Operators (right), presents Amanda Bachmann (center) with the US Women in Nuclear Region II Leadership Award.

From left: Amy Hill, Duke Energy and Region II Representative, Amanda Bachmann, and Mechelle Stanton, Institute of Nuclear Power Operators.

NE senior Amanda Bachmann won the Women in Nuclear Region II Leadership Award at the US Women in Nuclear Region II Conference held in Oak Ridge, April 10–12, topping two finalists in the professional sector.

As president of the UT Women in Nuclear chapter, Bachmann was also instrumental in organizing the event along with her other chapter members.

Bachmann noted that the Oak Ridge chapter of US WIN also helped provide a meaningful and impactful conference.

Read more about Bachmann and UT WIN.


Woodard Jumps into NREL Summer Internship

Carl Woodard, EF Jump into STEM

Carl Woodard, center. Photo courtesy DOE.

MABE student Carl Woodard, a JUMP into STEM finalist, was awarded an internship at the National Renewable Energy Lab for summer 2019.

He presented his EF230 team’s innovative ideas for reducing energy use in buildings as part of the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge event in Golden, Colorado.

Other team members included Darrell Russell and Heath Hurst.

Read more about their winning idea.


Yolitz is on the Road to Morrocco with Critical Language Scholarship

Katherine Yolitz

Katherine Yolitz

CBE senior Katherine Yolitz, of Chattanooga,is one of four UT students who earned fully funded scholarships to travel abroad this summer to study languages considered crucial to the United States’ future security and stability. Yolitz also minors in Arab studies.

“I’ll be studying Modern Standard Arabic and the local Moroccan dialect at the Arab American Language Institute in Meknes, while also living with a host family,” she said. “I’m very excited and honored to have been selected . . . and be able to take part in an amazing opportunity to continue studying Arabic while being immersed in the language and learning about Moroccan life and culture.”

The Critical Language Scholarship is a US Department of State program that seeks to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are less commonly taught in US schools but are essential for America’s engagement with the world.

Read more about this scholarship.

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