The University assisted in securing a nomination for Chattanooga as one of the world’s most intelligent cities and now UTC is helping transform the city’s economy.

Faculty from the UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science met with city representatives and area business leaders to identify possible partnerships between the city, the University, and area businesses that could move Chattanooga toward a more “green” economy and enhance the city’s competitive position in the global marketplace. A green economy is an economic development model based on sustainability and human and environmental wellbeing.

UTC was among one of the organizations asked to review proposals for new sustainable infrastructure and initiatives from area businesses. Businesses presented ideas ranging from a storm water monitoring system to citywide cooling tower management to construction of a renewable energy park.

“This is great opportunity for the university to assist the city,” said Dr. Neslihan Alp, UTC Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, UC Foundation Professor, and Head of Engineering Management and Technology. “UTC’s role will be crucial. Our faculty can assist the city in training and educating students, and provide technical expertise for long-term projects.”

Other organizations on the review panel included the City of Chattanooga Office of Sustainability, TVA, EPB, Green Spaces, and the Chattanooga Technology Council.

Partnering with area organizations will benefit students in multiple ways.

“It’s going to help us reach out and engage with the community. This will create job and internship opportunities for our students, and add more value to our academic programs,” Alp said.

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