Students from the Tickle College of Engineering met with a record number of companies at Thompson-Boling Arena Wednesday and Thursday, February 20-21 during the college’s spring expo.
Hosted through the college’s Office of Engineering Professional Practice, the biannual gathering is a chance for engineering students and employers to come together to discuss academically relevant paid co-op and internship opportunities.
This spring’s event included 92 registered companies, helping set a new spring record for the third consecutive year.
Tennessee companies such as Bridgestone, DENSO, Nissan, MAHLE, Radio Systems, Strongwell, TVA, and Volkswagen were among those taking part, as were more nationally known organizations including ABB, Emerson, ExxonMobil, Garmin, PepsiCo, Shaw Industries, and Southern Company.
At the expo, students meet one-on-one with prospective employers, with the second day set aside as an interview day for students to go through a formal interview process with companies that have an interest in them.
The Office of Engineering Professional Practice was founded in 1926 to help engineering students add experience to their education and prepare for the transition from student to employee.
The office maintains relationships with more than 500 businesses and interacts with more than 1,500 undergraduate students each year, helping them achieve more than 500 annual placements with participating companies.
Participation in the program is seen as essential by the Tickle College of Engineering, with 70 percent of eligible students taking part.