And more news from the past year from Engineering Diversity Programs.
And more news from the past year from Engineering Diversity Programs.
Tickle College of Engineering
The FOCUS: the annual newsletter from the office of Engineering Diversity Programs.

Message from the Dean

As 2020 continues onward, I find myself reflecting on my role and responsibility as an engineering educator and leader amidst the turmoil of recent national events. It is an honor to be in a position to pass along knowledge and skills that students will adapt as they develop and pursue their passions. Conversely, I am equally grateful to be learning so much from our students. The ideas and attitudes of each new generation shapes society in evermore positive ways, and our students are contributing to this positivity through engineering.

One of my top priorities has been to build a welcoming community culture of openness where everyone feels valued and inspired. To have an enabled culture that transcends everyone—faculty, staff, students, and alumni—is so important, and I’m proud of what I have seen and heard in my first year as dean.

In recent months, our students and faculty have called upon us to do and be more to eradicate unconscious bias and combat systemic racism. We are extending beyond our Diversity Action Plan (to be completed this fall) with the creation of an Allyship and Antiracism in Engineering Taskforce that will help create plans and work with college leadership to rapidly turn ideas into reality.

I am grateful to have the support of our dedicated alumni as we work to improve our diversity efforts. In particular, the leadership shown by two alums—Robert and Rachel—serve to highlight the three priority areas we are focusing on: 1) Enhancing the engineering experience for all to improve recruitment, retention, and success; 2) Increasing the number of in-state, underserved, undergraduate engineering scholarships; and 3) Building new mentoring partnerships to enhance diversity in our workforce and academia. Read their stories below.

Now, more than ever, it is important for us as engineers to stay positive, be open-minded, and respond to the needs of those in our communities. I encourage you to join us to be actively engaged in support of the college’s diversity efforts.
Janis Terpenny.
Janis Terpenny
Dean and Wayne T. Davis Dean’s Chair
Student talk in front of Ayres Hall.

Committed to Antiracism and Allyship

TCE is drafting a Diversity Action Plan in an effort to take concrete steps to combat unconscious bias and systemic racism. At the start of Global Black Philanthropy Month, alumni Robert Lewis and Rachel McCord Ellestad shared their experiences of why they support the office of Engineering Diversity Programs.

TLSAMP Brings Students to UT

Three students have a conversation before presentations at the 2020 TLSAMP Research Conference.
Early in the spring semester, students from across Tennessee traveled to UT to attend the 2020 Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP) annual conference to present their research and share ideas.
Kay Howell.

Howell Awarded STEM Scholarship

Engineering Vol Kay Howell received a $10,000 Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship, providing support as she pursues double majors in industrial engineering and mathematics. 
Angie and Harold Cannon with their dog, Lila.

People First for Cannon

As alumna Angie Cannon (BS/ChE ’81) is set to retire from Cannon & Cannon, she turns her focus to encouraging women and people from underrepresented groups to enter STEM and business fields.
Melanie Smith.

Smith Thrives at TDOT

The connections and support Melanie Smith (BS/CE ’17, MS/CE ’20) received from TCE's office of Engineering Diversity Programs helped her carve out a successful career as a TDOT transportation project specialist. 
Sonya Baskerville.

Hand in Hand: Engineering and Law

Alumna Sonya Baskerville (BS/IE ’89) uses her industrial engineering background every day in her position as the head of national relations for Bonneville Power Administration.

Recognizing Student Successes

We're very proud of our movers and shakers, the EDP students who completed co-ops, internships, or research positions or who accepted a career position over the last academic year.
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Tickle College of Engineering
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
124 Perkins Hall
1506 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-9376
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