On Campus & Beyond

The University of Tennessee EcoCAR2 team was recently profiled by the Knoxville News Sentinel. The team of student engineers had their 20-page proposal accepted and they will compete against 15 other schools in redesigning a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. Read the article

Dr. William R. Hamel, (TN A ’80) professor and head of UT’s mechanical, aerospace, and biomedical engineering department, said, “It has all the elements of a real engineering challenge. It’s complex, it has other disciplines involved, it has computer software, it has the basic mechanics of engineering. It has all the elements of competition and excitement, too. It’s the engineering equivalent of sports.”


Chelsea Ehlert, NY G 2013, a materials engineering senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was recently chosen for a campus-wide poster promotion of student profiles at RPI. Her poster profiled her involvement as president of the New York Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Pi and her extensive work with the TBP MindSET program. Ehlert is also a 2012-13 Tau Beta Pi Scholar.

Chelsea M. Ehlert
Chelsea M. Ehlert (NY G 2013)
Chelsea M. Ehlert (NY G 2013)


This past weekend NASA announced that three companies had been awarded contracts “to privately develop the next-generation spacecraft that could take astronauts to the International Space Station.” Those three companies are Boeing Co., Sierra Nevada Corp., and Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX).

According to the article, SpaceX is planning a manned test flight by 2015 of its Dragon capsule, which is capable of carrying seven astronauts.



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