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The Jerry E. Stoneking engage Engineering Fundamentals Program

ENGAGE LLC Students Tour Neyland Stadium

ENGAGE LLC Students Tour Neyland Stadium with Structural Engineers from Ross Bryan Associates.

Course Updates

First Year Studies 101 for Engineers
FYS 101 for Engineers is a new one-hour course designed to ease the transition to college by providing skills and strategies for successful degree completion in a supportive environment. In fall, Professor McCord led the second class of FYS 101 for Engineers, which had 34 students enrolled. In this course, students create connections among peers, mentors and faculty, identify resources and strategies that facilitate success in college and beyond, and develop effective strategies for major, career, and life planning. In Fall 2017, the FYS 101 course will be expanded to include all 160 students in the Engage Living and Learning Community.


FYS 101 for Engineers students learn about different campus resources through a campus scavenger hunt.


FYS Fun Night at Jump Jam and Red Robin.


Engineering Fundamentals 151
Fall 2016 was the largest EF 151 class ever, with 639 students. For the EF 151 final project, teams built a device to play EF Shuffledisk. To play the game, devices needed to shoot a puck at a series of different targets and had two and a half minutes to score as many points as possible. Teams had ranges of potential targets and had to write a computer program (Excel, Matlab, or C++) to determine their final launching conditions.


Hydraulic Arm.


Equilibrium achieved with Rocky Top Balance Blocks.

Engineering Fundamentals 152
EF 152 fall semester teams used software to analyze the frequency spectrum of different instruments playing the notes in "Rocky Top" for a waveform project and designed an enhanced hydraulic arm kit for their final project. Spring semester students completed a semester long toy design project, complete with customer identification and interviews, preliminary designs, prototype building, and soliciting customer feedback. The work culminated in a fun design showcase including product demonstrations, viewing of marketing videos, and scientific E-posters.


The Fall Outstanding Projects Award went to Nicholas Wadsworth, Stewart Whaley, and Ben Kinga for their game of acting out emotions scored by a raspberry pi and a Ball playing Roomba Robot.

Engineering Fundamentals 230
EF 230 students begin their semester using MATLAB and NASA Kepler Mission data to detect and analyze exoplanets. 2016-2017 programming projects included design of an “assistant”, a game, a Mars Rover, an Astronaut Medical Device, and a SMART RAIL (Train Control) system using Raspberry Pis and Arduinos, 3D printed components, and dog Roomba Robots with onboard cameras.

Arduino Dog.

Engineering Fundamentals 105
In EF105, we are taking our engineering students through a journey of 3D model creations using Inventor, a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program. Students learn the basic use of the program via a “hands-on” lab aimed to “learn by doing”. 3D modeling is a fundamental skill that brings multiple benefits to engineers, including improved efficiency for problem solving and higher design precision. At the end of the lab, students are encouraged to learn more about the program by themselves and create a 3D object that they would like to print at our Innovation and Collaboration Studio (ICS). Students with the top model ideas receive a free 3D printing of their creation.

ENGAGE Freshman featured on WBIR news

Freshman CE Major Pierce Anderson made headlines for his trajectory analysis of Josh Dobbs final game-winning "perfect" pass of the UT-Georgia Football game. Pierce's calculation and diagram started as a twitter post and earned him an interview on the WBIR newscast (and a retweet by fellow UT engineering student Dobbs!). EF 151 students honored Pierce with a standing ovation in class the next day!

New Staff

Michael Allen

Engage welcomes Tom Duong!
Tom Duong joined us in 2017 as our new Innovation and Collaboration Studio (ICS) Academic Support Specialist. Tom coordinates student staffing and manages the equipment and operations in our ICS.

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Graduate Teaching Assistants
2016-2017 marks our largest class of graduate teaching assistants. Our 10 returning graduate students were joined by seven new outstanding engineering graduate students this year. Congratulations to Rachel Thompson for winning the EF Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistantship Award for Fall 2016 and Charlie Johnson for winning the Award for Spring 2017! The award honors outstanding achievement and excellence in teaching.

Innovation and Collaboration Studio

Innovation and Collaboration Studio

The ICS is a student managed “makerspace” supported by the College of Engineering and hosted by the Engineering Fundamentals Division in Perkins Hall. The mission of the ICS is to provide resources to engineering students in the form of technology, tools, and knowledge in order to help them materialize their ideas. The ICS has over 25 different 3D printers, a desktop CNC mill and lathe, two laser cutters/engravers, a computer controlled sewing machine, microcontrollers, robots, hand tools, electronic tools, and CAD/CAM software. The ICS offered three workshops over nine nights this spring to get engineering students acquainted with software (OnShape, InkScape, Corel Draw) and equipment. Our first workshop focused on introducing the basics of 3D printing and CAD design. In this workshop, students created and printed their own fidget spinner. Our second workshop introduced the basics of laser cutting and engraving. Students were able to draw their own design and cut it out on the laser cutter to make a key chain. Our third workshop focused on woodworking skills. We created wooden amplifiers for cell phones using different tools around the woodshop. In all, approximately 75 students participated in our ICS workshops.

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Ladies Nights in the ICS

This year, we hosted our first workshop series geared towards teaching basic workshop and maker skills to ladies in the EF program. The intention of the program was to give EFP ladies a safe place to learn hands on skills, meet other ladies in the EFP program, and build something for their personal use. Over two nights, 23 ladies participated in our Fall workshop, led by Michael Allen, on building a wooden trinket box. During the workshop, participants had the opportunity to use the miter saw, drill press, scroll saw, sander, and assorted hand tools. Due to the overwhelmingly popular response, we held ladies specific workshop nights in the spring on laser cutting and 3D printing.

Living and Learning Community

Engage Picnic

Engage/RISER LLC Students hang out with Smokey at the Fall Picnic

Our ENGAGE/RISER LLC had a great year! This year we had 160 students in our living and learning community. LLC Students were able to move to the new pod-style Orange Hall mid-Fall. Events this semester included a Neyland Stadium tour, a Breakout Escape Game day, a picnic, and seven study parties in the dorm.

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Jerry E. Stoneking engage Engineering Fundamentals Program
College of Engineering
207 Perkins Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-2020
P: 865-974-9810
W: ef.engr.utk.edu
E: efdinfo@utk.edu

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