October 2015 Technical Society News

05 Nov

On October 5, 2015. Guru Venkatesan described “The U.T. Tech Carnivol.” He saw program in India for young people and he is starting a similar program at UT. Students with a penchant for tinkering have an opportunity to shine thanks toTech Carnivol, a new event to be held during Engineer’s Day on October 22.
Tech Carnivol is an engineering festival designed and organized by UT students to help spotlight STEM education and its impact beyond engineering. It will feature competitions in robotics, business, coding, and computer security, and is open to all UT students as well as area high school students. The event will be “a Bonnaroo for science and engineering, with all sorts of fascinating and engaging events happening around you.”
Guru Venkatesan is a graduate research assistant in biomedical engineering and Tech Carnivol president.
Andy Sarles, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and faculty advisor to Tech Carnivol said the goal is to bring together and engage students from various schools and colleges in a fun-filled series of science- and engineering-related competitions. The festival will serve as a platform to the young and talented brains to showcase their skills while also serving to inspire and motivate high school students to hone in on their own education interests.

The Technical Society board of directors met after the presentation. During the last three years the Technical Society has experienced low attendance at meetings and difficulty in finding people to arrange for programs. The board consensus is that we should explore moving to monthly meetings in 2016. We will consider having meetings on the second Monday of each month.

On October 19 Kasey Krouse, who is the Knoxville urban forester, described “The Knoxville Urban Forestry Program”.

The city of Knoxville is making a serious effort to implement an urban forrest. The urban trees include trees on the right of way of roads as well as the obvious public trees.The benefits for a tree canopy in a city are quite surprising and include reduced crime. He has a seven person crew and they plant 500 to 600 trees each year.

On October 26  Dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. Wayne Davis, gave an update on the UT engineering college. The number of both undergraduate and graduate students have increased to a total of 4000.

The college has a fourth of the University graduate students.

UT is a leader in solar power. They have a solar charging station on the 11th street garage and they have two Leafs.

The Dean introduced two Technical Society Ferris Scholarship recipients, student Stephanie Steren-Rutta and faculty member Chris Cherry.

Stephanie is a remarkable engineering student. She was inspired by a robot competition as a young girl in Argentina (she was born in the United States) and she is involved in the Little Systers program and she is involved in helping younger students and Spanish speaking students.

Dr. Chris Cherry is a leading figure in sustainable transportation and he said he appreciated the support from the Technical Society Ferris scholarship.

Listening to these people made me, secretary Bob Scott, realize that Helen Mason’s starting the scholarship was a very good idea. The society presented a check to Dean Davis for $1500 to add to the principle of the scholarship fund.


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