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CECS Newsletter, Volume 5, No. 2, Spring 2018

Dean’s Message

Dr. Daniel J. Pack

Greetings from the beautiful campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga!

It’s hard to believe another academic year has come and gone.  Our 162 Spring semester graduates (322 for the past academic year, the largest in the history of the college) are the newest alumni of the college and another group of Mocs who will change the world.

During the past three months, the college continued its march toward academic excellence and community engagement.  Our students participated and ranked highly in student competitions. The Chem-E (Chemical Engineering) car team competed in the Southern regional competition sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and placed 3rd.  The IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) robotics team placed 5th (out of 50 teams) in the Southeast IEEE conference competition.  The ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineering) student team placed 5th and 9th in the concrete canoe men’s and women’s spring races, held at the ASCE Student Conference.  The engineering team won the first place in the freshman/sophomore design poster competition and the 2nd place in the undergraduate research poster competition at the ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) Southeast conference.

The faculty is continuing to increase the number of learning opportunities for our students by attracting large educational and applied research projects to the college.  The research projects include a study on transfer student success and an undergraduate research on cube satellite design, both sponsored by the National Science Foundation, a modular wall systems research project, sponsored by the Concrete Institute, an Air Force research project on reusable hypersonic vehicle structures, and an industry sponsored applied research project on high performance computing.  These projects will bring in over $2.3M to the college and will be used to educate our students and to advance the state-of-the art knowledge of relevant technologies.

To celebrate the accomplishments of our students, staff, and faculty, the college held the annual Spring Awards Dinner with the keynote speaker, Maj General (Retired) William Raines.  At the celebration dinner, 95 scholarships and 19 faculty and staff awards were presented, along with the recognition of engineering honor society inductees, student organization leaders, and university-wide award winners.

On Friday, 20 April, the college held a very successful, inaugural Technology Symposium, a venue to celebrate student projects and to engage the greater Chattanooga community with the college’s applied research efforts.  Over 100 freshmen design, undergraduate and graduate research, and senior capstone design projects were presented at the University Center.  The community participation was outstanding including community leaders, industry partners, academic institution partners, and middle school, high school, and community college students attending the event.

You will read about these stories and more in this edition of the e-News.  I am grateful to be part of the exciting movement within the college to seek excellence and service in the community.  I cannot wait to tell you about what our students, staff, and faculty will do over the coming summer in the next e-News edition.  Stay tuned.




Daniel Pack


Engaging students, Inspiring change, and Enriching community.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a comprehensive, community-engaged campus of the University of Tennessee System.