This month’s Getting to Know You series features Dr. Ahmed H. Eltom

Dr. Ahmed H. Eltom, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Electrical Engineering, is our featured faculty member for November’s “Getting To Know You”.

Prior to living in Chattanooga, Dr. Eltom has lived in Potsdam NY, Doha Qatar, Riyadh Saudi Arabia, and Khartoum Sudan. He speaks both English and Arabic. His family consists of Shadia Ali (wife), Mohamed (son), and Rania (daughter).

Dr. Eltom enjoys playing and watching soccer. His hobbies? “Gardening, hiking and rowing” he tells us. He also enjoys rafting, walking and participating in webinars.

Having started at CECS in August of 1984, Dr. Eltom has certainly seen some changes over the years. Topping the chart of changes are creation of departments and moving from teaching to teaching & research. His favorite thing about his career? “Teaching students – Using my knowledge and experience to help others” he says.

When asked what his proudest accomplishment was, Dr. Eltom replied “I would call it self-satisfying.” He listed the following:
• “The success of the EE department (Academic reputation, enrollment, research, faculty, and outreach). This is compared to where the department was in 2008/9.”
• “Contributions to Chattanooga in helping and guiding refugees, helping in developing soccer programs, and contributing to professional societies.”
• “I am also happy with the Non-Profit work in the field of education I have been doing overseas.”

What is Dr. Eltom most grateful for today? “I am grateful that my family and I are healthy and I have a hand to lend to those in need”. We asked Dr. Eltom for the best piece of professional advice he’s ever received or given: “Do not give up. Respect others.”

Dr. Eltom wanted to be an Engineer when he was small. We’re glad he pursued that career and continues to share his knowledge and experience with us at CECS. Thank you, Dr. Eltom!

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