Dr. Neslihan AlpIn celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, Dr. Neslihan Alp will participate in “Groundbreaking Stories:  Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)” on Tuesday, March 10, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Downtown Public Library Auditorium, located at 1001 Broad Street in Chattanooga.

This event is free and open to the public.  RSVP is required, visit womengroundbreakers.com to save a seat.

“Chattanooga’s ground-breaking women are STEM field originators, innovators and pioneers.  They will inspire, engage, and stimulate the innovator in you,” said Deborah Levine, American Diversity Report Editor.

Alp is the Interim Dean of the UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science.  Prior to her appointment in May 2014, she served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research in the College of Engineering and Computer Science as well as the Department Head of Engineering Management and Technology since 2006.  She began her academic career at UTC in 1999.

Computer Engineering StudentsAmong Alp’s many accomplishments at UTC is the development and successful implementation of both undergraduate and graduate Construction Management programs in 2008 and 2010, respectively, begun with a $150,000 gift that was offered by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of East Tennessee.

Alp has vast work experience and practical knowledge in the field.  During her time in Chattanooga, she has served in a consulting role for numerous employers, including the Tennessee Valley Authority, Electric Power Board, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., in Chattanooga.  She has made numerous presentations at professional conferences.

She earned the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management and the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey.  She received the Doctor of Philosophy, Engineering Management from University of Missouri-Rolla, now Missouri University of Science and Technology.

WOMEN GROUND BREAKERS is the new name for the Women’s Council on Diversity. Founded in Chattanooga TN in 2001, the Women’s Council is an ongoing source of cutting-edge programs and resources for diversity, inclusion, and cultural expertise such as our early Brown Bag Lunch Education Series. Launching the American Diversity Report in 2007, we deployed social network technology to publish the educational and motivational articles of our online writers’ colony. Global-Southern leadership programming was established with a community Global Leadership Class, morphed for teens along with the Youth Multicultural Video Contest, culminating in Diversity Thanksgiving. For the past four years, WOMEN GROUND BREAKERS has offered stories in performance & video to celebrate Women’s History, commemorating in March what we hope to achieve year round: ASPIRE & INSPIRE!

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