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CEE Senior Caleb Drummer Receives ACEC Scholarship

Drummer receives congratulations on his ACEC scholarship
Caleb Drummer receives congratulations on his ACEC scholarship. From left are TCE Dean Wayne Davis; Drummer; David T. Harrell of Vaughn & Melton; civil and environmental professor and head Dayakar Penumadu; and associate dean for academic and student affairs Masood Parang.

Caleb Drummer, a senior in civil engineering in UT’s Tickle College of Engineering, was one of two students out of twelve applicants to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Tennessee. As one of the Tennessee representatives, he is now eligible for one of five scholarships given by ACEC National.

The selection committee, which included David T. Harrell, PE,of the Vaughn & Melton engineering consulting company, evaluated Drummer in five areas: his grades, an essay, his work experience, recommendations from faculty, and extracurricular college activities. He maintained a 4.0 GPA and the committee found his essay and work experience to be excellent. In his essay, Drummer wrote about the role or responsibility of the consulting engineer in mitigating the impact of natural disasters. He has worked as an assistant and research student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

He received an outstanding recommended by Dr. Edwin Burdette, professor of civil engineering. The committee was also impressed with his extracurricular activities, which included participation in the student chapter of ASCE and serving in various volunteer capacities at his church.

“I am very thankful for ACEC and their scholarship program,” said Drummer. “It is an honor to have received this scholarship and will really help with paying for next year’s tuition. I am always thankful to organizations who lend financial support to help students achieve their goal of becoming an engineer.”

ACEC of Tennessee is a member organization of the American Council of Engineering Companies, a national federation devoted to promoting the business interests of approximately 5,600 engineering companies employing more than 500,000 engineers, architects, land surveyors, scientists, and other specialists. ACEC promotes infrastructure funding, qualifications-based selection, outsourcing, tax reform, regulatory changes, and other government actions benefiting engineering companies.

For more information about the ACEC.