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The Jerry E. Stoneking engage Engineering Fundamentals Program


Engage LLC Students with the 3D Printed Shelby at ORNL's MDF.

Course Updates


The winners of the EF Ultimate Slider Game: Jacob Foard, Ryan Cook, Ramzey Odtallah, and Raj Patel. Their winning device is shown above.

Engineering Fundamentals 151
In Fall 2017, EF 151 students competed in the EF Ultimate Slider Game as their final project. Teams had to develop a device that could be used in a 2.5 minute head to head puck shooting challenge. During the 2.5 minutes, teams had to shoot their puck into different zones, use their puck to hit a second puck into another zone, shoot their puck through a goal, and try to hang their puck off the edge of the game table. We saw a number of different designs from spring powered to ramp powered. The winning team of Foard, Cook, Odtallah, and Patel decimated the competition with a score of 510 points.
As preparation for our move into our new Engineering Complex in a few years, we are testing out a fully flipped version of EF 151 with a small pilot cohort in spring 2018. Students in this pilot section review online physics content before coming to class and then spend class time working physics problems with class instructors.

Beam Arm

Toy Fair winners Abena Otchere-Boateng, Jonathon West, and Haley Brown. Their toy "Labyrinth" is pictured at left.

Engineering Fundamentals 152
EF 152 fall semester teams participated in a semester long team project developing and building an innovative new toy. The students work was showcased in a November Toy Fair where they were reviewed and ranked by professors and peers in different categories based on their product prototype, marketing videos, and poster talks. Toys ranged from Apps, to board games, to sporting equipment.
EF 152 students enjoyed a surprise visit from Dean Wayne Davis this semester. Dean Davis and industrial engineering junior Adam Larkey treated students to a rollicking rendition of "Rocky Top" for our Physics of Sound lecture.


Dean Wayne Davis and Industrial Engineering junior Adam Larkey


Smart Rail System

Engineering Fundamentals 230
Fall EF 230 MATLAB "hackLAB" projects this semester included developing Smart Rail systems controlled by Raspberry Pis or Arduinos and creating Mars Rovers that use sensors and live video feed to explore and research new frontiers. Teams incorporated Internet of Things (Iot) Devices, articulated robot arms, and a wide range of 3D Printed Components into their projects. Each 3 week "hackLAB" culminated in a Project Fair. As part of the documentation for the project, students created either a marketing video or an "Instructable" with step-by-step DIY instructions. Congratulations to the six student teams who were awarded a top spot on Instructable.com's "Featured" page and won free memberships.

Smart Pet Feeder

Smart Pet Feeder

Smart Bot

Mars Rover

Makers Club Prosthetic Arm featured on WATE news

The new University of Tennessee's Makers Club designed, developed, and built a 3D printed prosthetic arm for freshman engineer and Makers Club member Riley Toll. The students were featured on a WATE newscast in December.

Engage welcomes Dr. Stephanie Hargrove

Dr Hargrove

Dr. Hargrove joined us in 2017 to lead our EF 105 course. She received her BS, MS, and PhD from UT’s Civil Engineering Department and has worked as a consultant in the transportation industry. She also teaches CE 355 in the Civil Engineering Department. We are excited to have her on our team!

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Faculty and Staff
Our EF Family expanded to 18 graduate teaching assistants and 6 undergraduate teaching assitants this Fall. Also pictured are our two visiting professors that joined us this semester observing our classes from Southeastern University in China, Wan Neng and Bo Liu. Congratulations to GTA Danny Splane for winning the EF Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistantship Award for Fall 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. It is a free resource open to UT College of Engineering students every weekday from 9 to 5 pm. 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 now has over 25 Fused Depostition Method (FDM) Printers, two Pegasus Touch Resin 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 underwent some great new renovations this Fall - the ‘cages’ that enclosed our 3D printing and woodshop areas were removed and replaced with glass walls that allow you to see the cool activities happening inside and a dust collection system was added to our woodworking shop.

This fall the ICS printed over 1000 ‘T-Crystals’ and was prominently featured at the TCE booth for UT’s Sept 25, 2017 ‘Join the Journey’ Event.


Maker Mondays

This Fall, the Innovation and Collaboration Studio (ICS) in the basement of Perkins hosted "Maker Mondays" every Monday evening. Maker Mondays were open to any UT student and covered introduced students to CAD, 3D printing, laser-cutting, and the woodshop. Custom 3D printed fidget spinners like the one shown were a popular result.

Living and Learning Community

Our ENGAGE LLC is off to a great start! This year we have 158 students and 4 peer mentors in our Living and Learning Community in Fred Brown Hall. All of our LLC students are now taking FYS 101 for Engineers, a course designed to ease the transition to college, create connections among peers, mentors and faculty, and help new freshman identify resources and strategies that facilitate success in college and beyond. LLC Events Fall semester included a move-in night movie, Welcome Barbecue, Tour of ORNL's MDF, "FUN NIGHTS" at Laser Tag, Jump Jam, and Family Bowl, and four study parties in the dorm.

Engage at MDF

Engage LLC Students at the MDF with the first fully functional excavator made using additively manufactured components.

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Jerry E. Stoneking engage Engineering Fundamentals Program
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Knoxville, TN 37996-2020
P: 865-974-9810
W: ef.engr.utk.edu
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