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CECS Newsletter, Volume 8, No. 2, Summer 21

Greetings from the beautiful campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga!
As we come to the end of another academic year, I’m so proud to report some of the recent accomplishments of the college during the challenging year of the Covid 19 pandemic. While other higher education institutions suffered from low enrollment, the college’s enrollment continued to grow in the past academic year. We also had the good fortune of finishing the year strong with a record-high number of graduates and a successful Technology Symposium. As we look ahead to a ‘normal’ fall semester, I am delighted to share stories of our students, alumni, and faculty in this edition of eNews.

You will be inspired by stories of research collaboration in energy and health technologies. You will also read about the remarkably high engagement with the virtual Technology Symposium and find a short video celebrating the class of 2021.

Stephanie Fraley reflects on her experiences as a chemical engineering student and explains the way CECS faculty shaped who she is today. Based on her experience at the college, she and her husband Dustin, who is also a CECS alum, recently established a pair of endowed scholarships. You will also find a story of electrical engineering alum Akram Saad who was recently recognized with the prestigious Young Engineering of the Year award.

Finally, you will find a video featuring Samatha Sweck, a recent CECS grad. Samantha shares her journey through college, from choosing to attend UTC, to turning an obstacle that set her back a year into an opportunity that paved the way to graduate school. A professor she worked closely with, Bradley Harris, shares his experience teaching Samantha.

I hope you have a wonderful and safe summer. I am grateful to work alongside students, staff, faculty, friends, and partners of such caliber and dedication. The college is moving forward and it’s an exciting time to be part of it.


Daniel Pack, Dean


CECS Success Story: Samantha Sweck
UTC was the only school that felt like home to Samantha Sweck.
Now, leaving as a double major and a published author, Sweck knows it was what was supposed to happen. UTC became home.







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