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Tonya Shortt, assistant director, Engineering Professional Practice

Staff Spotlight: Tonya Shortt

Tonya Shortt joined the college this month as the new assistant director for the office of Engineering Professional Practice. She will provide guidance and support to students seeking co-op and/or internship work experiences relative to their major.

“I’ll also oversee the logistics of our main events like the Engineering Cookout and Engineering Expos, as well as assist the director with program outreach to students and employers,” said Shortt.

She comes to the role with more than 20 years of experience in engineering industries, specifically in manufacturing. Shortt worked closely with the Professional Practice office in her previous position, and also with UT’s Center for Career Development and other universities across the Southeast.

“I understand what employers are looking for and believe that gives me an advantage when trying to assist students,” she said.

Shortt is an East Tennessee native who graduated from Tusculum University in Greeneville with a BS in organizational management and an MS in human resource development. She lives with her husband in Bulls Gap, Tennessee, and is an avid sports fan.

“I love anything sports-related—specifically football, basketball, and softball,” said Shortt, who also participates in sports via co-ed and women’s softball recreational and travel teams.