UTM receives $20,000 grant for engineering equipment

UTM receives $20,000 grant for engineering equipment

Posted: Monday, April 16, 2012 6:00 pm

The Messenger 04.16.12

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Engineering’s Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners recently awarded the University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Engineering over $20,000 for the purchase of laboratory equipment.
The funds will be used to purchase equipment for the civil engineering labs, specifically the pavement design, steel design and surveying labs.
“This grant enables our students to have the best possible lab experiences in order to prepare them for entry into today’s competitive job market. We are grateful to the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners for the lab enhancements made possible by this grant,” Dr. Ed Wheeler, Department of Engineering chair, said.
Dr. Rich Helgeson, dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, further emphasized the importance of the award.
“An engineering degree program requires a continual infusion of funds to support the acquisition of new equipment to keep us current in technology and to best prepare our graduates for an ever changing professional environment in our state’s economy. The continued financial support from the state licensing board is an important piece of this ongoing process and is very much appreciated,” he said.
The bachelor of science in engineering program enrolls about 270 students who study a concentration of civil, electrical, industrial or mechanical engineering. The program emphasizes both theoretical foundations and practical applications through hands-on laboratory experiments, state-of-the art computer software and real-world design projects.

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