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Tyler Corum

Tyler Corum

  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Hometown: Jefferson City, Tennessee
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • E-mail: tcorum2@vols.utk.edu

Ambassador Profile

Hello future Vols!

My name is Tyler Corum, and I am a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering here on Rocky Top!  I am a third generation Volunteer and a first generation engineering student.  I grew up about 40 minutes east of Knoxville in Jefferson City, TN.  I have lived in this area my entire life and have always wanted the opportunity to attend the University of Tennessee!

My favorite subjects in school have always been math and science.  Once I visited the Tickle College of Engineering as a junior in high school, I knew engineering was the career I wanted to pursue.  The University of Tennessee is a special place and has so many opportunities to offer their students!  The College of Engineering also has specific resources to help engineering students succeed both in the classroom and in the workforce such as tutoring opportunities and the Office of Professional Practice.  Getting to walk past Neyland Stadium every morning is also a perk of being a part of the Volunteer family!

While attending the University of Tennessee, I have had three internships through the Tickle College of Engineering. I interned in 2019 and 2020 with Messer Construction Company.  In the summer of 2019, I worked on a project in Blountville, TN.  I was able to inspect mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems and compare installed work to contract drawings and specifications.  In the summer of 2020, I worked in Nashville, TN.  On this project at a rival SEC school, I was able to assist in starting up mechanical equipment including steam to hot water heat exchangers and variable refrigerant systems.  In the summer of 2021, I completed an internship with Kellogg. While working with Kellogg, I was able to work in Jackson, TN with the Pringles production team to improve their conveyor feedback system.  These improvements led to a more efficient packing process, reduced waste, and helped save costs.  The University of Tennessee and the Tickle College of Engineering prepared me to take on my roles and responsibilities while working on all my internship assignments.

On campus, I work as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the MABE Department. My research involves furthering applications and improving processes used in additive manufacturing.  I am also a member of UTK’s Chapter of the Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society and the National Society of Leadership and Success.  Other opportunities I have enjoyed at UTK have been working at the Volshop, working as Pre-College Counselor for the TCE Diversity Office, and working in the TCE Dean’s Office.

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have, and I hope to see you in Knoxville!  Go Big Orange!

Tyler Corum


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