“We had a very good turnout and we appreciate everybody’s cooperation and support for our program,” said Dr. Neslihan Alp, P.E., UC Foundation Professor and Assistant Dean, and department head of Engineering Management and Technology in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
The information session introduced prospective students to the program, offered scholarship information and provided updates on curriculum changes.
“The Construction Management program started with 10 students two years ago, and we now have more than 60 undergraduate students in the program. Four students graduated in August 2010,” said Alp.
The Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) degree in Engineering Technology Management (ETM) with the concentration in the Construction Management started in fall 2008 as the first Construction Management BS degree in the State of Tennessee.
“We have received $150,000 from the AGC (Associated General Contractors) of East Tennessee to establish and launch the program here. The AGC of East Tennessee has also provided more than $25,000 in scholarships in the last two years for the UTC Construction Management students,” said Alp.
Alp said construction management is the second largest industry in the United States and there is a shortage of qualified people to work in the field.
“We added a new graduate program in Construction Management as the concentration in the Master’s of Science Engineering Management program, which will be offered in fall 2010. We also work very closely with the Engineering Technology Division at Chattanooga State Community College” Alp said.
Alp said they recently signed Articulation Agreements and MOA with Chattanooga State Community College for technology programs to make the transition easier for transfer students.
To learn more about the Construction Management Program visit their website.