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Engineers Day, the annual celebration of engineering and the paths students can take in the College of Engineering, takes place all day Thursday with events at Thompson-Boling Arena and around the Hill, particularly on Middle Drive.

More than 1,500 students from area high schools have registered for the event, a record.

“This is a way for us to showcase what our college can offer prospective students, and to do so in a fun way,” said Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering. “The activities and talks we have enable them to have a close-up look at what we do and hopefully provides them enough interest to seriously consider engineering as a degree option and UT as their preferred engineering college.”

All undergraduate engineering classes are dismissed for the day so that UT faculty, staff, and students can interact with the visitors and give demonstrations.

TVA Senior Vice President Ric Pérez is the keynote speaker for this year’s event and will address students in Thompson-Boling Arena on topics including STEM education and the Watts Bar No. 2 nuclear plant.

The college has held Engineers Day each October for more than a hundred years. In addition to building competitions, there is a quiz bowl that culminates in a grand finale to end the day.

To make room for the event, Middle Drive will be closed in front of Perkins Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


David Goddard (865-974-0683,