The Tickle College of Engineering was abuzz with activity on Thursday as the annual Engineers Day festivities brought more than 1,500 students from across the state to campus.
Dave Wilson, vice president at National Instruments, kicked the day off with an address at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Wilson highlighted the various academic- and career-related thrusts of engineering, and how students following those paths can change the world.
“One of the big questions you have is how can I make a difference,” Wilson told the students. “Your answer is part of that question: I make a difference.
“Through engineering, you can do many things that will impact your world.”
Competitions such as egg drops, penny boat races, and bridge building helped introduce the students to various concepts and principles of engineering way designed to engage them as much as possible.
Additionally, more than 30 student groups from UT were on hand to answer questions and provide feedback to their visitors.
The college has now held Engineers Day each October for more than a hundred years, helping the current generation of students ensure that the next classes are excited, engaged, and informed.
Competition winners will be listed online as soon as all results are tabulated.
David Goddard (865-974-0683, firstname.lastname@example.org)