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Alaina Washington

Alaina Washington

Ambassador Profile

Hello Future Vols!

My name is Alaina Washington and I am from Chattanooga, TN! I’m a senior majoring in Industrial Engineering with an honors concentration and minoring in Engineering Management.

I developed my love of industrial engineering after attending the TN Governor’s School for the Sciences and Engineering. I took a one month introductory course to this major and instantly knew that it was an excellent fit for me. This major is so versatile and provides career opportunities within my many interests.

The University of Tennessee and Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) are spectacular! While I initially had no desire to stay within my home state for college, the warm and welcoming atmosphere of UT drew me in. Throughout the college admissions process, I always knew that UT personally cared about me and my success. This caring environment has only grown since arriving at UT!

My professors have always been willing to help and support me throughout my course work. I also love how the TCE fosters a collaborative environment where you and your peers help push each other towards achievements. There is an amazing support system within this college to help all students achieve their future goals. The TCE provides numerous opportunities for you to grow academically, socially, and globally.

During my past three years, I have participated in a faculty-guided study abroad program in Florence, Italy, completed a co-op term at a manufacturing plant in Georgia, participated in undergraduate research focused on machine learning and autonomous vehicles, and completed a research internship at the Hamburg University of Technology in Germany.

Whether you’re wanting to study abroad, intern, co-op, or participate in undergraduate research, there are plenty of resources available to guide you towards these experiences. This university also provides a surplus of ways to get involved! In addition to being a Women in Engineering Ambassador, I am involved in the Haslam Scholars Program, Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, Pursuit Journal of Undergraduate Research, and Pond Gap Elementary Engineering Club. These programs, clubs, and organizations have been a great way for me to expand my connections in college and form spectacular friendships.

I highly recommend getting involved, whether it’s within the TCE, UT campus, or Knoxville community! Feel free to reach out to me through email if you have any questions about the TCE or UT in general!

I can’t wait to see you on Rocky Top and Go Vols!!

Alaina Washington

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