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Wilbert Wheeler

Wilbert Wheeler

Ambassador Profile

Hello future Volunteers!

My name is Wilbert Wheeler and I am a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering from Chattanooga, TN. Like many, I choose engineering because I have always been profound at mathematics and science. The University of Tennessee has provided me with various opportunities that have helped me achieve my academic and professional goals.

The summer before my senior year in high school I participated in a pre-college engineering program here at UT known as HITES (High School Introduction to Engineering Systems). Through this program I was able to experience what it was like to be a college student in engineering and afterwards I knew the University of Tennessee was the perfect home for me. I also attended a TLSAMP (Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance Minority Program) Intercollegiate Summer Bridge Program offered by the Engineering Office of Diversity that gave me a jumpstart on college life the summer before my freshman year.

For the past two summers I have interned with TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Soddy-Daisy, TN as an equipment reliability intern. My role was to assist in identifying and managing threats to plant asset reliability that could adversely affect plant or business operations. Interning for an engineering company has giving me the real world perspective of what it’s like working as an engineer outside the classroom.

I love to stay involved on campus as much as possible. I currently help recruit for the University through ME4UT (Minority Enhancement for the University of Tennessee) and Volunteer Team. ME4UT aids the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in recruiting and building relationships with multicultural students. Volunteer Team aids the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in recruiting student athletes. I’m also involved in several societies on campus such as NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), TLSAMP, TLSAMP STEAM Mentoring Program, and BUE (Brothers United for Excellence). I serve as a mentor to elementary students through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee to stay involved in my community. These are just a couple or things are campus has to offer but there are unlimited organizations and opportunities for students here at the University.

Don’t hesitate to contact me via email if you have any questions or concerns.


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