- Major: Nuclear Engineering
- E-mail: email@example.com
Greetings from Knoxville! My name is Robert Corrigan, and I’m a Senior in Nuclear Engineering. I’m extremely passionate about everything I’ve done here at UT, and I’m excited to share the passion I have for the college of engineering with everyone who visits. I’m originally from Howard County, Maryland, and travelling between school and home is certainly a big trip (8 hours by car), but every single mile is worth it, and Rocky Top will always be home sweet home to me.
Whenever someone asks me why I chose to come to UT, I instantly think of when I came to visit Knoxville for the first time. I had the opportunity to go on a tour of the college of engineering with two ambassadors, and I fell in love with the campus and its community. I had decided to visit UT because I knew that the Nuclear Engineering department was held in high regard (#6 among Public Universities in the nation!), but I was taken by surprise by the incredible Engineering Fundamentals program, as well as how friendly everyone we met on campus was.
The most important advice I can give to someone trying to decide where they want to school is just how many paths there are to success in college. In my freshman year, I was dead set on getting involved in undergraduate research. Since then, I have worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the nuclear engineering department, I volunteered and was then employed as a workshop assistant in the Engineering Fundamentals Innovation and Collaboration Studio, and this year I will not only be an engineering ambassador, but also the communications officer for UTK’s student section of the American Nuclear Society. This summer, I interned Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation in Pittsburgh.
Outside of the classroom, I’m a huge fan of UTK athletics, and I attend as many football, soccer, volleyball and basketball games as I can. I even started learning to play banjo last summer, and my goal right now is to get good enough to play in the student fan section at soccer games. I’m also involved in several intramural sports, including soccer, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee.
Each and every one of my peers at UT has a different story of how they got where they are. Whether in student societies, research positions, classes, living and learning communities, intramural sports, you name it- there are hundreds of opportunities here at UT that students can take to find success, and all you have to do is pick one that’s right for you.