Classes are back in session at the University of Tennessee! To welcome and celebrate the incoming freshman in the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) Department, Dr. Matthew Mench, Department Head, hosted a voluntary luncheon for all those entering into the program. It was a very informal event for the students to attend, have a free lunch, and be able to see the different programs and clubs that they could potentially be a part of.
Our ASHRAE student leaders had an ASHRAE table/booth set up by the student chapter advisor Dr. William Miller, who works at ORNL National Lab and is also a Lecturer at the University of Tennessee. Accompanying Dr. Miller were Blake Forsythe, Student Activites Chair, as well as YEA Members Zach Rose and Ian Swaggerty. They managed to talk to over two dozen students about ASHRAE and what we do as an organization and society. The booth had a few senior design project posters associated with topics in HVAC technology that were spearheaded by Dr. Miller and his students. We also had a few of the ASHRAE handbooks throughout the years to show what the organization does and how it contributes to our industry. There was a fairly good interest received from the students as they stopped by and spoke with us about potentially joining the student chapter at UT and the possibilities of becoming a part of the industry post-graduation.