Upcoming Events


Monday, February 4th from 5 pm – 6pm, Min Kao 405

CAT Financial is coming to Min Kao on February 4th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm! The event will take place in Min Kao Room 405. Come learn more about CAT Financial and the exciting opportunities they have for us in EECS. Free Chick-fil-A!


Saturday, February 2nd at 10 am, Min Kao Building

Little Systers is an event to engage high school girls in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) through a series of hands-on engineering activities, hearing from women leaders of the EECS career field, and visiting the research laboratories at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville!


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Past Events


Thursday, January 24th at 5 pm, Min Kao 6th Floor Commons

Our Spring Kickoff meeting is on Thursday, January 24th in Min Kao 6th Floor Commons at 5 pm. Come join us to know about Systers, our events, and other programs planned for the semester. Come have fun and free pizza!

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Monday, November 26th from 3:30 to 4:45 pm, Ayres 122

SACNAS, Systers and SIAM are hosting a skill series on Introduction to High-Performance Computing and UTK’s Advanced Computing Facility.
This talk will provide a general overview of software concepts, programming languages, and high-performance computing techniques commonly used. Moreover, an introduction of the Linux command line and usage of computing clusters available in UTK’s Advanced Computing Facility will be presented.

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Tuesday, November 13th at 4 pm, Min Kao 406

We are excited to announce our first Speaker Series with Ms. Nadine Allaf. She will share her experiences about working in the industry. Come and learn how to navigate a successful career in tech industry! We hope to see you there!

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Thursday, October 11th at 5:00pm, Min Kao Room 525

Come join us for a tutorial on Python. No previous experience needed!Just bring your laptop to join along!



Thursday, September 6th at  5pm, Min Kao 6th Floor Commons

Come join us for our Fall 2018 Kickoff Event on Thursday, September 6th at Min Kao 6th floor commons from 5pm to 6pm. Learn about Systers, our upcoming events, and much more! Meet fellow Systers, enjoy food and have fun!


Wednesday, August 22nd from 10 am – 3 pm, Min Kao building

Kick off the school semester by joining us at this year’s Welcome Back Celebration:

  • Booth fair with companies and student organizations
  • Lab tours and demos featuring research conducted by students and faculty in the EECS department
  • Info sessions on opportunities for students in the EECS department
  • Raffle, scavenger hunt, and prizes
  • Free pizza!

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Thursday, April 19 at 5:00pm, Min Kao 6th Floor Commons

Come join us in celebrating Systers’ 5th birthday where we will celebrate Systers’ accomplishments from the past year and recognize our graduating members, Systers tutors, and the winner of our mentorship photo contest. We will also be introducing our new board members for the 2018-2019 term. Dinner and cake will be served!


Saturday, April 14th from 10:00am – 4:00pm in Min Kao, various rooms.

Little Systers is a free event for high school girls (9th through 12th grade) to learn about Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science and aims to inform and inspire high school girls about possibilities for their future! This year’s Little Systers event seeks to provide a new set of interactive and educational activities such as programming computer graphics cards, building electronic circuits using an Arduino microcontroller board, and a variety of instructive and fun programming projects on the versatile Raspberry Pi boards!

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Thursday, February 1st at 5 pm, Min Kao 404

A panel of students will be answering questions about their experiences at their internships/co-ops.

internship-coop panel


Thursday, January 25th at 5 pm, Min Kao 6th Floor Commons

Come for free pizza and a preview of our Spring semester events!

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Wednesday, November 8th at 5 pm, Min Kao Room 525

Come for a tutorial on LaTex, one of the most popular document systems for creating scientific papers! (Note: laptop and Overleaf account (free at required)

LaTex skills series


Wednesday, October 18th at 5:30 pm, Min Kao Tesla Lab

Come for a tutorial on one of the most popular programming languages!

Python skills series


Wednesday, September 13th at 5:30 pm, Min Kao 6th floor commons

Join us for more info about Systers and our mentorship and circles programs and see what we have planned for the upcoming semester!

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Friday, August 25th 10:00 am – 3:00 pm in the Min Kao Buiding

Kick off the school semester by joining us at this year’s Welcome Back Celebration:

  • Booth fair with companies and student organizations
  • Lab tours and demos featuring research conducted by students and faculty in the EECS department
  • Info sessions on opportunities for students in the EECS department
  • Raffle, scavenger hunt, and prizes
  • Free pizza!

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Speaker Series: Dr. Denise Gosnell and Dr. Lynne Parker

Friday, March 31st from 4:00pm – 5:00pm in Min Kao 525

Seminar Topic – Career Pathways: Industry, Academia, and Government

Dr. Denise Gosnell and Dr. Lynne Paker will share from their collective past experiences working in both the public and private sector. They will discuss the similarities and differences in these career pathways.

Food will be provided!

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Gosnell is the Senior Technical Evangelist for PokitDok, a start-up in the Silicon Valley. Prior to this role, she was a driving member of the Data Science team for almost 2.5 years during which she helped architect a graph database and served as an analytics thought leader. Her work with the Data Science team extracted insight from the trenches of hidden data in healthcare and build products to bring the industry into the 21st century. Prior to Pokitdok, she earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee where her research on Social Fingerprinting was heard at conferences from San Diego to London. In 2014, Dr. Gosnell was named a Tennessee Student to Watch by The Torchbearer. While at Tennessee, she was a four-year NSF IGERT fellow and the founding president of Systers.

Dr. Parker is the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Engagement in the Tickle College of Engineering at UTK, and Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Prior to becoming Associate Dean, she served for two years as the Division Director of the Information and Intelligent Systems Division within the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Parker received her Ph.D. degree in computer science from MIT, performing her research on cooperative control algorithms for multi-robot systems in MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, with a minor in brain and cognitive science. She received her M.S. degree in computer science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and her B.S. degree in computer science from Tennessee Technological University, with a minor in mathematics.

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GHC Info Session

Thursday, Feb. 16th from 4:00pm – 5:00pm in Min Kao 406

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is the world’s largest technical conference for women in computing. Every year, women technologists and the best minds in computing convene to highlight the contributions of women to computing. GHC is a great opportunity to expand your network by talking to representatives from major tech companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and more, learn about new and exciting technologies and inspire other women in computing! GHC 2017 will take place on Wednesday, October 4 through Friday, October 6, in Orlando, Florida.

Systers is hosting a GHC Info Session to share details about how you can be involved in GHC 2017.
During the info session, Systers alumna Catherine Schuman will present:

  • How to apply for a scholarship for GHC
  • How to apply to present a poster at GHC
  • How to volunteer at the conference
  • How to apply for a speaker position

For more information about the conference, visit
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Saturday, Feb. 25th from 10:00am – 4:00pm in Min Kao, various rooms.

Volunteer Opportunity for Systers Members!
About the event: Little Systers is a free event for high school girls (9th through 12th grade) to learn the basics about Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science; opportunities you could have with these degrees; and how to be successful as a woman in engineering. This event will inform and inspire high school girls about possibilities for their future! Also, this event has a maximum capacity for 90 students, so we will need a lot of help!
Volunteer Tasks: There will be many different volunteer opportunities that do not require you to stay the entire time of the event. You can work at the registration table the morning of the event, be a group leader by guiding students from one room in Min Kao to another room in Min Kao, help set up the lunch for the participants, and more! More details and a sign-up sheet for volunteers will be released soon!
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Expo Workshop

Thursday, Feb. 2nd from 5:00pm – around 6:30 pm in Min Kao

Hosted by Systers, SWE (Society of Women Engineers), and WiN (Women in Nuclear) to prepare students for the Spring Engineering Expo
This event will be an interactive workshop with booths where company representatives and professionals will review resumes, host mock interviews, critique elevator speeches, etc. The event will be set up on three floors of Min Kao. The first floor will be for reviewing resumes. The second floor will be for hosting mock interviews and critiquing elevator speeches. The third floor will be for miscellaneous.
Engineering Expo Workshop

Systers Skill Series: Introduction to MatLab

Thursday, October 13th from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Tesla Lab (Min Kao 418)

The event is open to everyone:
– You will gain hands-on experience with the basic functions of MatLab.
– This event is aimed at beginners- no prior MatLab experience required!
– Electrical Engineering majors are highly encouraged to attend as you will be required to use
this programming language in upper level courses (such as ECE315: Signals and Systems I).

If you are interested in helping with this event:
– Please get in touch with Syster’s Secretary: Justin Boling via email (

If you are an EECS Student:
– You will be able to use MatLab on the computers in the Tesla Lab.

If you’d like to use your own computer:
– See instructions here on how to get a free copy through OIT:

1. Log in using your NetID and password, select “Home Use”
2. Under “MathWorks, Inc.” select “MATLAB Installation for Students – 9/21/2016”
3. Click “DOWNLOAD SELECTED ITEM” and then “Click here to begin download”
4. Follow the instructions provided there.

Basically, you will make an account at:

…and use the MatLab Activation Key provided in the text document
(highlighted in yellow on page 3 of the document).

The lab will be open 30 minutes before the event begins in case anyone needs help
with installing MatLab. However, please try to install or at least download MatLab
beforehand because it usually takes quite a while to install MatLab.

Speaker Series: Joel Seligstein

Friday, September 16th at 3:30 pm, Min Kao 524

Seminar topic – Success in Silicon Valley, and How to Be a Male Ally

Seligstein graduated from the EECS department at UTK in 2006, then landed his first job at Facebook when it had only 15 million users, compared to the more than a billion users today. Seligstein helped lead the team that developed Facebook Messenger. Eventually, he left Facebook and founded several successful startups. He recently gave to the department’s Excellence Endowment. In recognition of that gift, the department named room 323 in the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building the Joel Seligstein Faculty Office.

Selligstein has always been passionate about promoting women in tech, and is very supportive of Systers’ mission. He has offered to share his experiences with us.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Mr. Seligstein!
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Fall Kickoff

Tuesday, September 6th at 4:30 pm, Min Kao 6th floor commons

We’ll be sharing more information about our mentorship and circles programs and our Fall semester event schedule
Come find out how you can be involved with Systers this semester!
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Welcome Back Celebration

Wednesday, August 17th (First Day of Fall Classes) 10:00 am – 4:00 pm in Min Kao Buiding

Join us for Systers’ annual back-to-school event! The Welcome Back Celebration features:

  • An employer and student organization booth fair
  • Lab tours showcasing the research conducted by EECS students and faculty
  • Demonstrations of student and industry projects
  • Information sessions on student involvement opportunities in EECS
  • A scavenger hunt, raffles, and prizes
  • Pizza!

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Engineering Night

Date: Mar 8th (Tuesday)
Time: 5 – 7:30 pm
Location: Whittle Springs Middle School
Description: This event is organized by CURENT and we are helping them out. We will be going to Whittle Springs Middle School to do simple engineering activities. CURENT will have a van available so transportation is available for everyone and this should be a fairly low key event. We are only doing a handful of activities. It is very valuable experience for the students that attend this event.
Sign up for this event here!

Y-12 EECS Booth

Date: March 1st (Tuesday)
Time: 12 – 4 pm
Location: Y-12
Description: The EECS department is representing at an event for female high school students interested in engineering. They are in need of two female students to be at the booths (one Electrical Engineering booth for EE students and one Fire Protection Engineering booth for CE or CS). You are welcome to join in shifts of two hours (12-2 or 2-4).

Systers Skills Series – LaTeX Workshop

Thursday, January 28 5:30p-6:30p in Min Kao 525


Little Systers Outreach Event


Soldering Workshop with IEEE East TN

Wednesday, September 16 4:30p-5:30p in Min Kao 336

Come join Systers and learn how to solder (or sharpen up your skills if you already know how)!
Snacks and supplies will be provided.


Welcome back celebration

Wednesday, August 19 10:00a-5:00p Min Kao Building

Systers has partnered with ACM and IEEE this summer to start
the fall semester off with an all day event featuring:

  • Lab tours from students and faculty that showcase research opportunities
  • Demonstrations of technology, including from the IEEE robotics team
  • Booths from student organizations and companies
  • An introduction to HackUTK, a new student organization devoted to cybersecurity
  • A scavenger hunt, raffles, and prizes
  • Systers sponsored Pizza Party!


Systers’ 2nd Birthday

Monday, April 27 5:00pm MK 6th Floor Commons

Come join us in celebrating Systers’ 2nd birthday where we will announce our newly elected board members! We would also like to get feedback from our members about the events we held over the past year and get some ideas on what you would like to see Systers do this coming year!

EECS Spring Banquet

Friday, April 24 6:00p

Department “Culture Change” Event

Wednesday, April 15 5:30-6:30

In order to foster a culture of mutual respect and inclusivity, Systers will host a “Culture Change” event. This event will include small group discussions of cultural biases and incidences of discrimination that students would like to address in the EECS department. Systers will also introduce an anonymous reporting system for instances of harassment or discrimination and will discuss other means of reporting violations of the student code of conduct at UTK.

WomEngineers Day

Saturday, April 11 8:00-5:30 at the Knoxville Convention Center

WomEngineers Day is a one-day mini-conference where professional engineers and business partners provide their own expertise on both professional and personal topics related to the career and life choices they have encountered to University of Tennessee COE students planning their own careers.
**Note: This is not a Systers event, but many Systers members will be attending!**

Systers 2015-2016 Board Interest Meeting

Tuesday, April 7 12:00-1:00 in MK435

If you’re interested in serving on the Systers board next year, please come to get information about positions and plans for the upcoming year. Pizza will be provided!

Demo Day

Wednesday, March 11 @ 5:30pm in Min Kao 525

  • Dr. Icove will be presenting on his research on fire modeling
  • Chris Kopek from Cisco will be talking about Cisco’s influence
    as a company, rising security threats, and what Cisco Knoxville is about.
  • Snacks and waters will be provided!

Mentorship with Dr. Ayanna Howard

Thursday, March 5 @ 5:00pm in Min Kao 622

Dr. Howard is an award winning professor in the Robotics department at Georgia Tech. Just a few of her many accomplishments include:

  • Founder of the Human-Automation Systems (HumAnS) Laboratory at GA Tech
  • Georgia Tech Faculty Woman of Distinction Award, 2008
  • MIT Technology Review Top 100 Young Innovator of the Year, 2003

Hope to see you there!