Ms. Copeland, Mr. Sadrabadi and Ms. Hulvey with Dr. Harris Moderating

First Offering in the Spring 2017 Speaker Series

Three outstanding alumni, holding both baccalaureate and master’s degrees from the College,  were welcomed back to campus to share with students, faculty, staff, and the general public, their thoughts on the characteristics of well-rounded engineers, technologists, and computer scientists.  On the evening of January 25, Lulu Copeland ’82 and ’09, Kayvon Sadrabadi ’87 and ’93, and Kim Hulvey ’06 and ’10,  who are leaders in their respective professions and in our community, spoke to a full house in the Benwood Auditorium of the EMCS Building.

In a panel presentation format with Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Dr. Bradley Harris serving as facilitator, Copeland, Sadrabadi, and Hulvey addressed questions focused on the preparation, experiences, and personal characteristics essential to making a positive impact on the students’  chosen disciplines,  specific positions, and  communities.  As Executive Director of Workforce Development for Chattanooga State Community College, Consultant to the Insurance Industry, and Reactor Engineering Manager with TVA, respectively, Copeland, Sadrabadi, and Hulvey’s observations were particularly helpful to our students as they position themselves to enter the workforce community. Watch the full seminar here.

This event is one of four CECS Speaker Series presentations scheduled for the Spring 2017 semester, and is an important component of the College’s service and outreach mission.  The additional Speaker Series offerings currently scheduled are:

  • February 21: “Beyond E-Week: Becoming an Engineering Entrepreneur,” Speaker: Albert Woodard, Chairman of the Board of Directors for KaZee, formerly Business Computer Applications Inc. (BCA)
  • February 24: ” Interdependency of Control and Communications: From Maxwell’s Demon to Cyber Physical Systems,” Speaker: Dr. Husheng Li, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • April 13: “Non-Intrusive Diagnostics for High-Speed Flows: Challenges and Opportunities,” Speaker: Dr. John D. Schmisseur, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, H.H. Arnold Chair and B.H. Goethert Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Details can be found at

All presentations are open to the public.

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