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EF Student Assistants receive 2020 Chancellor’s Honors Awards

The Engineering Fundamentals program congratulates our current and previous student assistants on being a recipient of the 2020 Chancellor’s Honors Awards.


Extraordinary Professional Promise honors are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate professional promise in teaching, research, or other contributions.


Siavash Amirrahmat
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering


Taylor BergerTaylor Berger
BS in Biomedical Engineering


Clint JordanClint Jordan
MS in Environmental Engineering


Extraordinary Academic Achievement honors are awarded to undergraduates who exhibit extraordinary scholarship.


Parker TruloveParker Trulove
BS in Mechanical Engineering


Top Collegiate Scholar Award honors undergraduates who exhibit extraordinary scholarship.


Preston NicelyPreston Nicely
(previous UG)
BS in Chemical Engineering


Parker TruloveParker Trulove
BS in Mechanical Engineering


To read more about the 2020 Chancellor’s Awards:

Words of Encouragement from Engineering Fundamentals

Engineering Fundamentals faculty, staff, and GTAs recorded a special video for students to share some words of encouragement with you during this time of attending classes remotely.

According to Will Schleter, “the outtakes are the best.” Watch the whole video to find out. As always, reach out to your professors when you need something. They are here for you and want to help.



To see the video:

Congratulations to EF 151 Student, Kaitlyn Daniels

Congratulations to EF 151 student, Kaitlyn Daniels, who was honored by the Knoxville News Sentinel for excellence in leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation in the 2019 20 Under 20 awards.



Click the link below to read more about this great student:


Congratulations to EF GTA John Thress

The Engineering Fundamentals program congratulates EF GTA John Thress, for excelling as the top engineering summer graduate of 2019.  John graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.   He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Thermal-Fluid Mechanics.  His interest in research is computational fluid dynamics, machine learning, and fundamental fluid mechanics.  John is a Knoxville native who graduated from Bearden High School.


Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Amy Biegalski

Amy Biegalski

Amy Biegalski—a.k.a. “Dr. B”— is a lecturer in the engage Engineering Fundamentals (EF) Program. She supports Engineering Vols through courses that promote skill development in design, communication, teamwork, physics foundations, and programming.

She is also happy to promote the courses themselves to anyone interested.

“Campus visitors are always welcome to come by Perkins (home to the EF program and the Innovation and Collaboration Studio) to interact with our EF students and learn about the hands-on team projects they are working on,” said Biegalski.

She and her EF colleagues will also help advertise events or opportunities for engineering students via announcements on EF website— it can reach 700-1,200 students per semester.

Biegalski contributes to a variety of programs that support student success.

“I am involved in our Engage LLC (the engineering dorm), the Engineering Mentor Program, the Office of Engineering Diversity Programs, and the UTK Safe Zone network,” she said. “I’m happy to share more about them.”

Biegalski is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BS from The Ohio State University and her PhD and MS degrees from the Case School of Engineering.

“I studied structural engineering,” she said. “I worked as a structural engineering consultant for 10 years monitoring, modeling, and designing bridges and buildings. I’ve had the opportunity to climb on and analyze some of the tallest and longest bridges in Cleveland, DC, and Philadelphia.”

She climbs on fewer bridges these days, but Biegalski still enjoys hiking, biking, backpacking, skiing, and rock climbing. Her daughters Katia, 9, and Anya, 7, often accompany her.

“They love STEM and outdoor adventures and play multiple sports and instruments,” she said. “So, we stay very active.”

Biegalski stays active indoors, as well, and goes into action leading many EF project presentation days throughout a semester—riding the wave of “enthusiasm, energy, and dedication” displayed by her students.

Congratulations to EF Student Assistant, Adam Soper

Adam Soper


Congratulations to EF Student Assistant, Adam Soper, and his teammates, for winning the Most Creative Project Award and the People’s Choice Poster Award for their Craft Beer Production Senior Design Project at this year’s Senior Design Showcase.  All students are members of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  The project was based on the observation of the beer making process and the development of a mass balance for dissolved oxygen and yeast in different sections of the system.



The inaugural Tickle College of Engineering Senior Design Showcase took place on April 25, 2019, in Thompson-Boling Arena.  There were more than 500 students, 100 project advisors, 130 project teams that conducted 125,000 hours of project work.

Senior design—also known as capstone design—is the final educational element that ties to together all the engineering, science, and humanities learnings as our students transition to the next phase of their lives. This event is an opportunity for our students, faculty, sponsors, and guests to come together to celebrate the completion of the open-ended projects our students have worked on during the past two semesters.

Congratulations to EF Student Assistant, Taylor Berger

Taylor Berger


Congratulations to our own EF Student Assistant, Taylor Berger on receiving an Office of Research & Engagement Silver Award at this year’s EURēCA event.  Taylor is a Biomedical Engineering student.


The 23rd Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA) took place on April 15-18, 2019 in Hodges Library. TCE students exhibited 58 posters in the Engineering portion of this year’s event. Entries were judged in two categories: Research (49 posters) and Design (9 posters). Awards were given both by the Tickle College of Engineering and by the Office of Research and Engagement. All awards included a cash prize in the range $150 – $500.


2019 Winners

Congratulations to Carl Woodard


Congratulations to Carl Woodard, a Mechanical Engineering student in the Tickle College of Engineering.  Carl Woodard is a JUMP into STEM finalist who presented his EF 230 team’s innovative ideas for reducing energy use in buildings as part of the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge event in Golden, Colorado. He was awarded an internship at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) this summer.

Top EF 152 Projects Spring 2019

Each semester the EF 152 class includes a semester-long design project.  This semester’s projects were based on Adaptive Technology, Interactive STEM App, and Community Service.   

Congratulations to the teams who were voted by the instructors as having the Top EF 152 projects!  All the instructors were very impressed by what was achieved and presented! Great job!


Top EF152 Projects

Project Name:  Volunteer East TN Mobile App
Team Members:  Natalie Kernisant, Noah Avery, Ben Stoller, Kincaid McGee


Designed as an app version of the Volunteer East Tennessee (VETN) website, this app provides a searchable list of countless volunteer opportunities in East TN.   Due to the impressive work of this team, this app is vetted by the VETN organization ( and will soon be accessible to the public through both the Apple App Store and the Android Google Play Store.   By using this application, people are given easier access to multiple volunteer connections. This allows more people in the Knoxville region to access more opportunities to make a positive impact on the community.



Project Name:   Blinky Bike & Skateboard Turn Signal and Light
Team Members:  Nick Bocuzzi, Brett Kim, Karan Patel, Gabby Nichols


Blinky is a turn signal and brake light that is easily attachable to bikes and skateboards.  Includes a glove for skateboarders with buttons on the fingertips. Each finger represents a different signal. For the bike, Blinky uses motion sensors. Turning the handlebar in a certain direction will activate the corresponding signal.



Project Name:  Torquee STEM App
Team Members:  Joey Lemon, Brandon Mingledorff, John Polchan, Josh Bridges

Torquee STEM App is an app showing torque in action. Through a simple-to-use interface, students can visualize forces creating a torque and deepen their understanding of this physics concept.   Its main feature is that you can interactively draw multiple force vectors on a 2D plane and the rotating object shows the effect in real time as you move the force vector around.



Project Name:  Tranquil Triangle
Team Members:  Kalina Scarbrough, Shelby Ledbetter, Paxton Lifsey, Keenan Cox


Tranquil Triangle is a portable, hand-held device that stimulates your senses in order to calm down and relax for people suffering from stress and/or panic attacks, as well as general anxiety. The product is shaped after a triangular pyramid in which each face is geared towards a different sense, such as sight, smell, touch, and sound. It is based on the 5-4-2-3-1 coping technique. The smell side has three different essential oils, the sight is a kaleidoscope, the touch is three different fabrics, and the sound has three 3-d printed switches and dials.

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