Building on the College’s strengths in mechanical and computational engineering, the applied research initiative with Gestamp Chattanooga, led by Dr. Louie Elliott, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering as Principal Investigator, is designed to help develop technologies to model and forecast sheet metal stamping forms used in automobile parts manufacturing. Dr. Elliott has demonstrated expertise in physics as well as mechanical and computational engineering, and welcomes this opportunity to direct CECS student interns in this applied research initiative with a local manufacturer. This new partnership with Gestamp Chattanooga engages our students with real-world research while enriching and expanding the College’s focus on applied research.
When commenting on this new initiative, Dr. Elliott said, “The students benefit directly from this applied research – learning skills and gaining experience that will remain with them their entire careers leading to exciting employment opportunities. The relationship between the College and Gestamp has long-term regional impact. While improving the workforce available to manufacturer, it also demonstrates the success of attracting further advanced manufacturing to Chattanooga.”