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Sam Golter

Sam Golter

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Hey there future Vol!!

My name is Sam Golter and I am a junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering with an Honors Concentration. I’m from Hendersonville, TN, but have lived all around the wonderful state of Tennessee. My favorite things are coffee, space, fitness, and the Vols!

UT was not my first choice for college, and I wasn’t looking forward to moving to Knoxville until I attended my orientation. It was an absolute blast and each person I met made me feel at home through a simple conversation or inviting smile. The UT atmosphere is impeccable—friendly faces and loads of orange everywhere you turn! The University of Tennessee Volunteers work hard to welcome everyone they meet to the Big Orange Fam. Here at UT Knoxville, we take pride in our 30,000+ member family.

On campus, I am involved in the Society of Women Engineers, Engineering Mentor Program, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and intramural volleyball. I’m also a part of the Engineering Honors Program, which is a great option if you want a more challenging, hands-on experience. The summer after my freshman year, I interned with the University of Tennessee Space Institute at Tullahoma under Dr. John Schmisseur. My job was to recalibrate the water tunnel, perform experiments in the Mach 2 tunnel, and begin preliminary drawings and designs for a blow off door to relieve pressure in a vacuum tank for the Mach 4 tunnel. For the 2017-2018 school year, I researched under Dr. Stephanie TerMaath for the NASA University Leadership Initiative project. The goal of this project is to redesign commercial aircraft wings to increase fuel efficiency. This past summer, I worked in Philadelphia, PA, for the Boeing Company in the Dynamics Center of Excellence which specializes in the assembly of transmissions for the Chinook rotorcraft.

If you decide to come to UT, I advise you to take advantage of one of the mentoring programs the College of Engineering offers: Engineering Mentor Program or SWEeties (which is through the Society of Women Engineers). I was in both programs as a mentee my freshman year, and I am super thankful for both of my mentors. They helped me through their personal experiences with my resume, internship applications, and schedule. Sometimes they even helped me with homework. It was really nice to have someone who willingly volunteers their time to help with the transition from high school to college. Last year and this year, I am serving the SWEeties Mentoring Program as a mentor.

There are a myriad of unique opportunities available to each UT student, so no matter your interests, I guarantee that there will be something for you to be a part of! And trust me… at UT, it is easier to be inVOLved than to not be.

I would absolutely love to answer any questions you may have about the Tickle College of Engineering or UT in general, so please don’t hesitate to send me an email! I am so happy that you are considering attending the University of Tennessee!!

Thanks for reading, and GBO!!!

Sam Golter


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