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Mike U. Rudolphi, manager of the Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motor Project (RSRM) at NASA-s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will be the featured speaker for the 34th Annual University of Tennessee at Martin Engineering Awards Banquet.

Rudolphi will speak at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, in Russell Duncan Ballroom of the Ed and Carolyn Boling University Center.

The RSRM is the world’s largest solid rocket motor for human space flight. Rudolphi manages all activities necessary to produce, deliver, and certify the Reusable Solid Rocket Motors, which is one of the major elements of the space shuttle launch vehicle system.

-Using the space shuttle as a working example, Mike (Rudolphi) will talk about the many exciting opportunities for engineers in this new century,- said Dr. Douglas Sterrett, acting dean of the School of Engineering at UT Martin.

-The banquet is open to the public and we hope that the community will join us as we honor our students and celebrate the accreditation of our new engineering school.- Sterrett said. -This would be a good opportunity for high school and prospective students to see what goes on at UT Martin-s School of Engineering.-

The annual engineering banquet is held in conjunction with the National Society of Professional Engineers- National Engineers Week, Feb. 21-25. In addition to other events
scheduled for the week, the banquet will be used to present awards and scholarships to UT

Martin-s top School of Engineering students. Some of the awards will be presented by regional chapters of professional engineering organizations such as the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the West Tennessee Plant Engineering Society.

Tickets are $12 per person ($5 per student), and banquet reservations must be made by 5 p.m., Feb.18. To make reservations, send your check, payable to the University of Tennessee at Martin, to Linda Davis, Room 113, Johnson EPS Building, Martin, TN 38238, or you can e-mail Davis at ldavis@utm.edu or call her at (901) 587-7380.