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Engineering Poster Session

Mossman Building, Auditorium 202. 1303 Cumberland Ave,

Knoxville, TN 37996


The NASA University Leadership Initiative (ULI) is organizing an engineering poster session in Knoxville, TN on Thursday, August 15 from 3:45 pm – 7:30 pm! The event will bring together undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Tennessee and other universities to present their research.

Join us starting at 3:45 pm to tour research posters, chat with student presenters and cast your vote for the people’s choice award!  Refreshments will be served.


3:45 pm Poster viewing 1/2

4:15 pm Career panel discussion

5:30 pm NASA Pathways internship program

5:45 pm Boeing internship program

6:00 pm Evaluation of posters; Poster viewing 2/2

7:00 pm Awards ceremony

See full agenda and list of speakers here.

The only requirements to present are 1) to demonstrate that you participated directly in the research; and 2) show how your research relates to or supports NASA’s mission.

Posters will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of experts from academia, industry and government.  Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their research, get expert feedback and compete for prizes across different categories.  Prizes will include travel scholarships to participate in academic conferences.

We are now accepting submissions on a rolling basis.  If you are interested in participating, send your 1) name; 2) adviser(s); and 3) research title to

  • Content: Be sure to cover what?, why?, how?, and so what? This can be organized into Background and Motivation, Methods, Results, Discussion and References – or a variation on these categories.  Judges will be assigned to evaluate posters based on their area of expertise; however, content should be tailored to a general engineering/technical audience.
  • Connection to NASA: Either include a section on your poster or be prepared to orally present on how your research ties in with NASA’s mission. NASA’s scope is broad but focused around four mission directorates. Explore these directorates and their activities to see how your research fits in with their objectives, methods, materials, etc.:
  • Format: Posters will be attached and displayed on display boards. Regardless of vertical or horizontal orientation, the maximum poster size should be no greater than 36″ X 42″.  Illustrations (diagrams, photographs, figures, etc.) should be sized and lettered to be legible from a distance of 3 feet. Feel free to choose your own font and colors, but make sure your poster is easy to read.
  • Printing: The ULI center has allocated funds to cover the cost of printing posters.  Please send the file for your poster by Wednesday, August 7 to to have it printed, otherwise you will need to make your own arrangements to print your poster.  PDF or PowerPoint files are preferred.
  • Evaluation criteria: posters will be evaluated on content, appearance and presentation. Points will be awarded for the originality, significance and execution of research. Awards will be issued for undergraduate and graduate categories.

Already have a poster you would like to present?  Great, bring it!  These guidelines are intended to serve as recommendations for developing your poster.

If your research was funded by the NASA University Leadership Initiative, please include the following acknowledgement: “This material is based upon work supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under cooperative agreement award number NNX17AJ95A. The work was performed under the University Leadership Initiative (ULI) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for the “Advanced Aerodynamic Design Center for Ultra-Efficient Commercial Vehicles.”

Please direct any questions to to Hans Goertz, ULI Project Manager:


Ethan Long (UTK) and Kathryn Keely (UWyo) showcase research on the ULI project.

Ethan Long (UTK) and Kathryn Keely (UWyo) showcase research on the ULI project.

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