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Irfan Ibrahim

Irfan Ibrahim

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What’s up, Everybody!

My name is Irfan Ibrahim, and I am junior majoring in Nuclear Engineering with an Honors Concentration. I am a second-generation Bengali American, but I have lived in Tennessee my entire life. I was born in the small town of Sevierville, Tennessee, with the Great Smoky Mountains practically in my backyard.

The reason I decided to pursue nuclear engineering is because from an early age, I always wanted to make a difference. I grew up admiring the accomplishments of great scientists and engineers whose discoveries and inventions changed the world, and I wanted to do the same. After some research, I found that nuclear engineering was the perfect field. From finding new methods for clean energy production to creating advanced ways to treat cancer, nuclear engineering is all about making a difference.

During my time here at UT, I’ve been able to get involved both within the college and around campus. I do research with Dr. Maik Lang in the nuclear engineering department, and through this research, I have been able to perform very unique neutron experiments at Oak Ridge National Lab. During the spring of 2018, I had the opportunity to present my research at the American Nuclear Society National Student Conference in Gainesville, Florida, as well as at the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURECA) here at UT. I’ve also been involved with the Office of Diversity Programs within the Tickle College of Engineering. During the summer of 2018, I served as a counselor for the HITES 12 and EVOL 10 pre-college experiences for current high school students. Outside of engineering, I am a member of the Campus Events Board which plans and manages most of the keynote events held throughout campus, and I serve on the executive board of the UT Muslim Student Association.

In my free time, I love playing soccer whether it be an intramural league or just pick up. I’ve made some of my closest friends at UT by playing soccer, so it’s especially fun to get out and play with a group of friends. Whenever I get the chance, I also love getting out on my mountain bike or road bike and going through the amazing trails and greenways that are right here in Knoxville.

I know I speak for all Vols when I say that this school will do everything to help you succeed in whatever your ambitions might be. There are dozens of organizations and opportunities throughout campus that will allow you to meet your best friends and make your experience here amazing.

Definitely feel free to contact me if you have any questions about engineering, UT, or college in general!

Irfan Ibrahim

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