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   Tennessee Tech               Fall 2004 • Vol. 3, No. 2 • A newsletter for students, alumni and friends of TTU

■ It all starts
in the lab
Faculty share love of
research with students

■ Robots that
climb tanks
Researchers develop
inspection robot for TVA

■ Heavy metal
Detecting natural emissions
of mercury

■ Stress & strain
Making the world’s most
common building material,
concrete, safer and stronger

■ Entrepreneurs
in action
Creating jobs instead of just
taking jobs                     Hands-on
                                Balancing teaching and research encourages life-long learning

Plus: Student awards, faculty research, industry outreach, college supporters and more
                                                          dean’s message
                                                                  talking with the faculty and staff members,                           their perspectives in ways that enrich lives.
                                                                  and interacting with graduate and                                     Second, where there’s a will, there’s a way
                                                                  undergraduate students. Over the years                                here at Tech. We are persistent, and when
                                                                  I’ve learned that most programs feel                                  we see something that needs to be done,
                                                                  strapped for resources, most programs                                 we roll up our sleeves and work to get it
                                                                  have acceptable facilities, most programs                             done. There is a popular radio and TV
                                                                  have dedicated faculty and staff, most                                personality who talks about entering the
                                                                  programs have good students. Students                                 “no spin” zone in his shows. In our
                                                                  have more options to obtain an engineer-                              College of Engineering, we serendipitously
                                                                  ing degree in the U.S.A. today than at any                            enjoy a “no whine” zone. We all know that
                                                                  time in our history, and most of the                                  it pays to work on the solution, rather than
                                                                  options have the potential to lead to an                              to commit to gossip about the problem.
                                                                  acceptable result.                                                    Third, we have traditions here that connect
                                                                       Nevertheless, when I return home, I                              past, present, and future. The connections
                                                                  always feel very positive about the options                           among students, faculty, staff, alumni,
     I’ve just returned from my annual                            available here at Tech. Like many other                               employers, research partners, and the
service as a Mechanical Engineering                               schools, we have great facilities, dedicated                          community at large help set TTU apart.
program evaluator for the Engineering                             faculty and staff, and outstanding stu-                               Finally, we are blessed with a beautiful
Accreditation Commission of the Accredi-                          dents. We also have some other key things                             setting in which to study. When Mrs.
tation Board for Engineering & Technol-                           going for us. First of all, Tennessee Tech is                         Derryberry wrote the lyrics to the Tech
ogy. I’ve been participating as a Mechani-                        not a limited technical college, but a                                hymn, she understood that the idyllic
cal Engineering program evaluator for the                         genuine university in the truest sense of                             setting we enjoy provides a very special
past decade, and I’ve had a chance to take                        the word. Our community includes                                      environment for life and learning. We are
an inside look at many programs, public                           scholars from a wide range of disciplines                             among the luckiest folks involved in
and private, both large and small. In this                        and traditions, and this gives our students                           engineering education anywhere in the
role I’ve enjoyed seeing the facilities,                          (and our faculty) the chance to broaden                               whole wide world.

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                                                                                                    Dean Glen Johnson
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On the cover: Chemical Engineering senior Crystal Childers and Chemical Engineering Associate Professor Donald P. Visco Jr.
 Tennessee Tech                                  Fall 2004 • Vol. 3, No. 2 • A newsletter for students, alumni and friends of TTU

                                                                                   2 In the news
■ COLLEGE                                                                          Interdisciplinary team develops online engineering
 Dean Glen Johnson                                                                 alphabet; ChemE pilots ‘Distinction in Major’ program;
    931-372-3172,                                              college welcomes newcomers; students called to active
 Associate Dean Subramaniam Deivanayagam                                           duty; Dean welcomes suggestions
 Associate Dean Roy Loutzenheiser
    931-372-3175,                                                4 Hands-on
 Director of Development, 931-372-3055                                             Visco earns highest federal award; engineer, students
 Director of Minority Engineering Tony Marable                                     design TVA inspection robot; ECE robotics team takes
    931-372-3172,                                              1st place at SoutheastCon; NSF funds planning for
                                                                                   undergraduate research center; researchers look at
■ DEPARTMENTS                                                                      concrete’s smallest details; TTU, Vanderbilt teach
 Chemical: Chair Pedro Arce                                                        students to create jobs, not take jobs
 Civil and Environmental:
    Chair David Huddleston
                                                                                   9 Today’s faculty
 Electrical and Computer: Chair P.K. Rajan                                         Faculty save industry money; ChemE offers Indo-U.S.
    931-372-3397,                                               workshop; research team measures mercury emissions;
 Industrial and Systems: Chair Jessica Matson                                      ECE professor wins ORAU faculty award; faculty devise
    931-372-3465,                                               system to detect cancer-causing agent in water
 Manufacturing and Industrial Technology:
    Chair Ahmed ElSawy
    931-372-3263,                                               12 Today’s students
 Mechanical: Interim Chair Darrell Hoy                                             Motorsports team races Formula car; Swedish students
    931-372-3254,                                                  visit; students put skills to work on co-op assignments

 Electric Power: Director Sastry Munukutla                                         15 Today’s alumni
    931-372-3615,                                            Smith wins TTU Distinguished Alumnus Award; Eaton
 Manufacturing Research: Director Ken Currie                                       named president of Cumberland University; Smith
    931-372-3362,                                               inducted into Kentucky Transportation Hall of Fame
 Water Resources: Director Dennis George
                                                                                   16 Supporting engineering
                                                                                   Anna Dillon Henry leaves lasting bequest; TBR honors
                                                                                   long-time supporters; donations critical for long-term
                                                                                   success of college; EDF transitions into new role
in the news                                                                                   Chemical Engineering
                                                                                              pilots ‘Distinction in
                                                                                              Major’ program
                                                                                                   In an effort to provide an additional
                                                                                              learning opportunity for engineering
Interdisciplinary team develops                                                               undergraduates, the Department of
                                                                                              Chemical Engineering has joined with
online engineering alphabet                                                                   the Honors Program to develop a
                                                                                              special Distinction in the Major pro-
     Engineering is an unknown profession     ing programs; technological illiteracy; and     gram.
to many children, as current research         a higher turnover rate of secondary school           This program, which is being
proves that almost all of pre-K, kindergar-   science and math teachers.                      piloted in Chemical Engineering this
ten, and first-grade students do not                The number of women and minority          year, will enhance the B.S. degree with
understand the scope of engineering           students in engineering is not representa-      structured research activities and
concepts.                                     tive of the general population: less than       includes both a written thesis and an
     In an interdisciplinary effort, Manu-    20% of engineering graduates are women          oral defense of the project (at the
facturing and Industrial Technology           while more than 50% of college graduates        proposal stage and the results stage).
Associate Professor Ismail Fidan along        are women. Perhaps the most serious and              Qualifications for the DITM
with Robert Clougherty of the English         amendable cause of this problem is that         program are an overall G.P.A. of 3.2, a
Department and Marketta Laurila of            many students leave high school with no         ChE course GPA of 3.0 and junior-
                                               real understanding of engineering and          standing. The ChE Distinction in the
                                               technology, yet most jobs today require        Major Program coordinator, Donald P.
                                               some level of technological literacy.
  engineering                                       Even a decade or so after many
                                                                                              Visco, Jr., and ChE DITM committee
                                                                                              members review applications and

      BC s
                                               engineering institutions established           required recommendation letters to
                                               outreach programs for bright high school       select a small number of candidates
                                               students, there has not been a significant

                                                                                              from the applicant pool. Additionally,
                                               increase in engineers in training. Less than   successful completion (oral defense and
                                               15 percent of high school graduates have       thesis) of the Distinction in the Major
                                               enough math and science to pursue              Program by a ChE student is equivalent
                                               scientific/technical degrees in college, and   to six credit hours of ChE technical
                                               almost half who begin engineering courses      electives.
Foreign Languages, developed a WebCT-         drop out in the first year. Less than 2              The DITM program has four
based tool to teach the English alphabet      percent of U.S. high school graduates go        Chemical Engineering students this
using engineering pictures and animations.    on to earn engineering degrees, and five        year: Richard Lawson, Crystal Childers,
     Each letter is illustrated with sample   years after graduation, 80 percent of those     Kurt Johanns and Robyn Rawlings.
pictures and animations, and the tool also    graduates are working in some other field.      Students need not be part of the Honors
has a number of oral and virtual quizzes.           As a result, engineering schools need     Program to be eligible.
Sections describing famous engineers,         to develop effective tools to attract and            “The program can provide a great
different engineering majors, and an          retain students. One way to develop more        opportunity for interested transfer
engineering glossary are also part of the     candidates is to develop a better selection     students as well as those excellent
current development.                          pool before students arrive on campus.          students who either did not qualify for
     This first phase of this development     Thus, the researchers began this project        the Honors Program or chose not to
was beta-tested in local public schools       under the assumption that if students at        pursue it when they entered Tech,” says
during the summer of 2003. Students and       the elementary school level are made            Visco. “It is a great practice for graduate
teachers responded that the tool was very     aware of engineering fields, they will be       school as well as a résumé enhancer for
effective as an instructional source web-     motivated to pursue the science and math        those looking at industrial positions. We
book for introducing the field of engineer-   they need to succeed in engineering             certainly look forward to providing the
ing to young children.                        programs.                                       results of this pilot test to the College of
     The motivation behind the project is           Additionally, although a large            Engineering for possible adoption by
strong: The United States faces serious       number of web-based instructional               the other departments.”
problems in science, engineering, math-       modules have been developed for high                 In addition to their DITM projects,
ematics, and technology education,            school and middle school students to            students will also be able to participate
including lower science and math test         introduce them to various engineering           in some enrichment opportunities
scores of U.S. high school students           fields, no development has been presented       through the Honors Program. Also,
compared to the rest of the industrial        to explain the basics of engineering to 5- to   students who successfully complete the
world; declining enrollments in engineer-     8-year-old children.                            DITM program will graduate with
                                                                                              Honors Program students.

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College welcomes fall newcomers
                          David H.             facilities have established a department      to take on such a role in the classroom. He
                         Huddleston has        with an excellent reputation within           earned a doctorate in engineering, as well
                          returned to his      industry and competing graduate pro-          as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in
                          alma mater to        grams.”                                       mechanical engineering, at the University
                          accept an                 After earning a master’s degree at       of Dayton, where current TTU College of
                          appointment as       Virginia Tech, Huddleston returned to         Engineering Dean Glen Johnson chaired
                          chairperson of       Tennessee as a manufacturing/quality          his committee.
                          Civil and            control engineer for TRW’s Ross Gear               Before becoming president of The Yu-
                          Environmental        Division and went on to serve as an           Lee Co. in 2002, he served as director of
                          Engineering.         engineering analyst for Pan Am World          strategy and director of business consult-
                          Huddleston, who      Services and Sverdrup Technology Inc.’s       ing at Sapient Corp. in Atlanta. His
                          received a           AEDC Group in Tullahoma.                      previous professional experience includes
                          bachelor’s degree         Huddleston earned a doctorate from       roles as senior manager for Ernst & Young
Huddleston                in engineering       the University of Tennessee in 1989 and       LLP, a manufacturing consultant for IBM,
                          science from TTU     joined the Mississippi State faculty. His     and senior consultant for Oracle Corp.
                          in 1977, says        research interests lie in computational       He’s the author of two books, one of which
                          leading the Civil    fluid dynamics, computational design,         was chosen by the Institute of Industrial
                          and Environmen-      water resources engineering, fluid            Engineers as among the top books for
                          tal Engineering      mechanics and applied aerodynamics.           2002.
                          program offers
                          him a chance to      Reginald Tomas Yu-Lee, this year’s                                Faisal Hossain has joined
                          work with faculty    Visiting Geier Professor, brings a blend of                       the CEE faculty in the
                          members,             engineering expertise and business                                area of environmental
                          administrators       acumen to campus to help students learn                           engineering with a
                          and staff who are    what will be expected of them in the                              special interest in
                          known for            corporate world.                                                  modern experimental
                          quality work.             In courses for seniors and graduate                          and computational
                            “All of the        students in Engineering and Business, Yu-                         hydrology. He com-
Yu-Lee                    components are       Lee, an internationally recognized consult-                       pleted a Ph.D. at the
                                               ant, author and educator, offers to bridge    Hossain
in place to enable the department to                                                                             University of Connecti-
respond to the anticipated needs of the        the gap between what corporations expect      cut in 2004, and also holds degrees from
civil engineering profession in the next       from graduates and what students leave        The National University of Singapore and
decade,” says Huddleston. “Primarily           college with in terms of experience and       Banaras Hindu University. More informa-
through undergraduate education,               expertise.                                    tion about his background and interests
dedicated faculty and energetic and                 Yu-Lee’s professional and academic       are available at
capable students with access to great          credentials make him especially qualified     hossain.htm.

                                                                                             Share your thoughts
 Students called to active duty                                                              with the Dean
       With the deployment of U.S. troops      equipment. After graduation, he worked             Suggestion/comment boxes have
 to Iraq, several current and former           with Assistant Professor John Zhu             been installed near the newsletter racks in
 Engineering students have received calls      researching nanomaterials. Bates was in       Clement, Brown, Prescott, and Lewis halls.
 to duty.                                      charge of material processing and             Anyone is welcome to make suggestions.
      Army National Guard reservist Brian      magnetic property measurement.                If you provide contact information, you’ll
 Bates, an alumnus and former researcher            “When he came in and told us he had      receive a follow-up message.
 with the Center for Manufacturing             been called up, he said he was fortunate           Many good areas for improvement
 Research, returned to active duty after       and gave a big smile,” says CMR Director      have been identified. A few examples
 being called in early April.                  Currie. “He’s just a good guy who always      include problems with computer labs and
      Bates, a 2002 Mechanical Engineering     has a great attitude about life.”             swipe locks, advice on new web pages,
 graduate, has spent 12 years in the                In addition, graduate students           identification of areas for clean-up or
 military and was one of the first of his      Nathan Smith and Vernon Dotson found          signage, requests for new bicycle racks,
 group chosen to serve in Iraq due to his      their master’s studies interrupted by the     and suggestions to improve the workplace
 experience, training and conditioning.        war. Smith has returned from Iraq and is      environment. It has been possible to
      While still in school, Bates worked at   completing his studies, and Dotson has        initiate some positive action for nearly
 the CMR and established new standard          returned from training at Ft. Campbell        every suggestion, and more improvements
 operating procedures for labs and             and graduated.                                are forthcoming. Thanks for your help!

                                                                                Engineering / Tennessee Tech University / Page 3

  It all starts in the lab. Faculty with a
  love for investigation and discovery
  maintain their relevance for decades
  — and encourage their students to
  be life-long learners as well

Visco earns highest award for young scientists, engineers
     Research with the potential to identify     research’s value can best be understood by     heart problems. New drugs could be
compounds that provide novel solutions to        considering the challenge scientists face      designed with similar properties that don’t
important problems like treating                 when searching for compounds with              have that undesirable side effect. But
Alzheimer’s disease or producing new             particular properties. To develop a new        scientists face searching through millions
refrigerants kinder to the ozone layer has       drug or create new solvents or refrigerants,   and millions of compounds to find one
earned Chemical Engineering Associate            scientists need to be able to conduct          that can be used to design a similar drug.
Professor Donald P. Visco, Jr., the highest      accurate, timely and cost-effective searches   That’s where Visco’s development and
honor bestowed by the U.S. government            of all the possible chemical compounds         testing of a new technique can make all the
on young scientists and engineers.               that could be used. But the chemical           difference.
     Visco received the Presidential Early       universe offers an unwieldy dataset,                What Visco designed, in conjunction
Career Award for Scientists and Engineers        estimated at about 10 to the 60th power.       with collaborators at Sandia, was the
at a White House ceremony in Washington
D.C. in September. He was one of only 57            At least five projects involving Visco’s students are underway. One student
recipients honored for displaying excep-
tional potential for leadership early in their      seeks to design a new refrigerant to replace ozone depleting ones, while
scientific careers.                                 another is searching to create a drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
     The Department of Energy nominated
Visco after he received its Early Career              “You could never start with such a        introduction of a molecular descriptor
Scientist and Engineering Award through          hopelessly large number, so techniques are     called “Signature” which quantifies and
the National Nuclear Security Administra-        needed to form a drastically smaller and       describes a molecule’s structure.
tion Office of Defense Programs.                 focused subset of potential solutions,” says        “Signature is simply a way to encode
     Visco’s initial collaborations with         Visco.                                         and describe the local environment of an
Sandia National Laboratories led to the               Take the recent news that the drugs       atom in a molecule so that we can under-
development of a potentially revolutionary       Vioxx and Celebrex, commonly prescribed        stand its structure,” he says.
computational tool called “Signature.” The       for arthritis patients, have been linked to         The field in which Visco is working,

Engineering / Tennessee Tech University / Page 4
QSAR, or quantitative structure-activity                                                 Canfield and his students recently delivered two
relationships, has long sought a way to
glean information about the structure of                                                 robots to TVA as part of numerous robotic
compounds in order to make predictions                                                   projects being managed by Tennessee Tech for
about other compounds. Early results
using Signature show that scientists can                                                 the nation’s largest public power company.
now take a small set with known proper-
ties and generate a much larger database
of compounds with optimal properties for
the problem at hand.
      “The technique of Signature is
independent of the problem waiting to be
solved,” says Visco. “Involving students at
Tennessee Tech, we’re trying it in a wide
variety of areas.”
      At least five projects involving Visco’s
students in Chemical Engineering are
underway. One student seeks to design a
                                                 Steve Canfield (right) and TVA project manager Steve Halcomb test the new inspection
new refrigerant to replace ozone depleting       robot on a climb up the side of a TVA tank.
ones, while another is working to create a
drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
      Other projects include research into
the Vioxx and Celebrex alternative and a
new add mixture for concrete.
                                                 Engineer, students design
      The potential impact of the Signature
technique ranges from drug design,
pharmaceuticals and other molecular-
                                                 TVA inspection robot
                                                       The hot, dim, stale, coal-dusted inside of a TVA boiler holds little appeal for an
based technological applications.                inspector charged with examining its wear and tear, but robots created by Mechanical
      “Working at Sandia has been an             Engineering Associate Professor Stephen Canfield and his students really don’t mind the
amazing and energizing opportunity,”             environment.
says Visco. “Collaborative efforts such as            Canfield and his students recently delivered two robots to TVA as part of numerous
this promote the university and open             robotic projects being managed by Tennessee Tech for the nation’s largest public power
doors for our students.”                         company. The two robots now travel where men have gone before with considerable
      “Dr. Visco is a powerful role model        difficulty and risk to their safety.
and a stellar example of a professor                  “Our basic purpose was to provide robots you could load into the back of a truck,
balancing teaching with research,” says          take to a remote site and equip with inspection instruments,” says Canfield.
Chemical Engineering Chair Pedro Arce.                “Instead of TVA inspectors climbing into the tanks and boilers, the robots are able to
“He has a deep commitment to improving           climb in and gather data about the general wear and tear going on inside.”
learning in students and in helping                   The robots, equipped with ultrasound thickness gauges and sometimes other
colleagues.                                      specialized equipment, climb up and into the tanks and boilers to measure thinning,
      “In addition to his very active            cracks and corrosion of the walls. Users record the information from the robots to create
research program, Don has helped created         maps pinpointing where the wear is taking place. This information is transferred to a
an undergraduate ‘Distinction in the             computer so that maintenance and repair decisions can be made.
Major’ program (see page 2), and as ASEE              Boilers, used to heat water and create steam to run TVA turbines, can be scary and
camp representative, he has organized a          dangerous for human inspectors.
series of workshops for faculty develop-              “Inspectors usually go in soon after the boiler is shut down and face a number of
ment to bring state-of-the-art learning          challenges,” says Canfield. “They risk falling from the high, uneven surfaces; they face
techniques to TTU.”                              tremendous heat; and it’s hot, dark, full of coal dust and very poorly ventilated. Tanks
      Visco’s award amounts to $250,000          present different challenges. They are smoother and less harsh, but they are free-
over the five-year period. The Center for        standing outdoor structures that can be in precarious positions.”
the Management, Utilization and Protec-               Former TTU student Jamie Beard, who’s still associated with the project, learned
tion of Water Resources is providing             firsthand about the precariousness of inspecting a tank. He and another colleague tested
additional support for Visco’s work              a robot and went along for the climb.
through a graduate student and funding                “We were scared, but the robot wasn’t,” says Beard. “The average tank is 40-50 feet,
for software not covered by the award.           but this one was 200 feet tall, 30 feet in diameter, and hanging on the side of a dam about
      “This honor not only reflects well on      50 feet off the ground. It’s obvious how robots have the potential to eliminate the
Don but also on the university as a whole        dangers associated with inspections.”
as it continues to invest and engage in               Canfield and students provide basic training for TVA users, teaching them to set up
high-quality research,” says Water               the specialized equipment on each robot for specific tasks. Canfield says the set up takes
Resources Director Dennis George.                time, but driving the robot is just a matter of coordination and practice.

                                                                                    Engineering / Tennessee Tech University / Page 5
ECE robotics team wins 1st place at Southeastcon                                              NSF funds planning for
     The TTU ECE Senior Multidisciplinary Design Team won first place in the hardware
contest at the IEEE 2004 SoutheastCon in Greensboro, N.C. The student engineering
                                                                                              undergraduate research
competition, dubbed “Hunting Season,” challenged students to build an autonomous              center through Chemical
robot to receive information in Morse code and then retrieve steel balls representing
rabbits, ducks, and deer.                                                                     Engineering, Chemistry
     The robot built by the TTU team, named “Jessica Jo,” posted the fastest time,                 The National Science Foundation has
defeating entries from more than 40 universities, including Georgia Tech, the University      recognized the benefits of engaging
of Tennessee, and the University of Florida.                                                  students with research opportunities very
     “It gives great exposure for TTU, especially when we compete and win against big         early in their college experience, at the
name universities,” says Ali Alouani, Electrical and Computer Engineering professor           freshman and sophomore levels. So too
and team adviser since 2002.                                                                  have researchers Donald P. Visco, Jr., of
                                                                                              Chemical Engineering and Jeffrey O. Boles
                                                                    “The competition          of Chemistry. Visco and Boles have won a
                                                                                              Planning Grant of $50,000 from the NSF
                                                                    provides a great          for the establishment of the TTU Regional
                                                                    opportunity for           Undergraduate Research Center.
                                                                                                   The goal of this NSF program, which
                                                                    students to put into      is specific to chemical sciences, is to “seek
                                                                    practice the knowl-       new models and partnerships with the
                                                                                              potential to expand the reach of under-
                                                                    edge and expertise        graduate research to include first- and
                                                                    they have acquired        second-year college students and to
                                                                                              enhance the research capacity, infrastruc-
                                                                    during the four years     ture, and culture of participating institu-
                                                                    of their study in their   tions, thereby strengthening the nation’s
                                                                                              research enterprise.”
                                                                    degree programs,”              The center is designed to take project
                                                                    say ECE Chair P.K.        ideas and research expertise from TTU and
                                                                                              merge that with freshmen and sophomores
                                                                    Rajan.                    at both TTU and the 13 Tennessee Board of
     ECE Chair P.K. Rajan says there is additional value to competing.                        Regents two-year schools. The plan is that
     “The competition provides a great opportunity for students to put into practice the      students who engage in this program will
knowledge and expertise they have acquired during the four years of their study in their      become energized about the chemical
degree programs,” he says.                                                                    sciences, which will increase their pre-
     More than 300 students on 43 teams competed in the event that tested the speed and       paredness in follow-on courses and
accuracy of the robots designed and programmed solely by the students. Jessica Jo             retention rates and make them more
outperformed competitors in a multi-task event that mimicked a hunting session in             effective upper-level and graduate
which hunters need help retrieving animals. The autonomous robot drove under a                researchers.
covered bridge to a code station, decoded information provided in Morse code detailing             As a pilot test for the planning grant,
the order in which to retrieve the targets, went to the appropriate locations, picked up      one community college, Volunteer State,
the steel balls representing the targets, and returned to the base station. Then Jessica Jo   has been chosen to provide two students
deposited the targets into a cage and finished with the best time and accuracy of any of      to participate. These students will work on
the machines.                                                                                 one project each over the course of one
     “It was a great opportunity for our students to show their capabilities,” says           year. A project team will consist of one
Alouani. “This win was quite exciting and rewarding for them because they spent long          VSCC student, one TTU student, one TTU
hours designing and testing the robot.”                                                       graduate student and a professorial team
                                                                                              that includes TTU faculty or a combination
                                                                                              of TTU and VSCC faculty. The VSCC
                                                                                              students will travel to the TTU campus
  Excellence in teaching makes Tech tick                                                      once a week over two semesters and spend
  College of Engineering faculty are always looking for ways they can enhance the             eight weeks at TTU working on their
  teaching/learning process. The inaugural activity for our newly renovated PH 225            project over the summer. Students will
  conference room was to serve as the venue for a workshop entitled “Engineering              take techniques learned during the first
  Education in the College of Engineering: A Workshop for Young Faculty.” Although            semester and apply those at his or her
  the initial intent was to help new faculty get a solid start on their college teaching      home institution.
  career, there was so much interest among experienced faculty that invitations were               In 2006 a full-scale proposal will be
  extended to others as well. More than 30 people participated. There were so many            submitted to NSF to facilitate the transition
  senior faculty with an interest in sharing their insights by presenting that a brown        from the limited pilot test to the fully
  bag lunch series to take advantage of all this expertise is planned.                        functional research center.

Engineering / Tennessee Tech University / Page 6
                                                                                                        within it, stressors when applied to
                                                                                                        concrete can change the spaces between
                                                                                                        the atoms and molecules. If we can
                                                                                                        determine how different crystalline
                                                                                                        materials in concrete react to stressors, we
                                                                                                        can work at this level to understand ways
                                                                                                        to make concrete more durable.”
                                                                                                             The strains on concrete roads, bridges,
                                                                                                        dams and other structures are many.
                                                                                                        Thermal stressors include the freezing and
                                                                                                        thawing processes that play havoc with
                                                                                                        roads. Mechanical loads include the
                                                                                                        weight of thousands of autos driving over
                                                                                                        a bridge or airplanes landing on runways.
                                                                                                             Chemical reactions also threaten the
                                                                                                        longevity of structures such as dams and
                                                                                                        bridge foundations. Many times the stones
                                                                                                        within the concrete experience a reaction
                                                                                                        to other chemicals in the environment or
                                                                                                        the concrete itself. Even cyclic weather
                                                                                                        creates strain by drying moisture out of the
                                                                                                        concrete and causing it to shrink.
                                                                                                             By using X-rays and neutron diffrac-
                                                                                                        tion, Biernacki, his students, and a team of
                                                                                                        colleagues at Oak Ridge National Labora-
Joseph Biernacki with the ORNL x-ray goniometer at the National Synchrotron Light Source at             tory hope to become the first researchers to
Brookhaven National Laboratory. Conditioned x-rays from the synchrotron enter the x-ray hutch
where they interact with a tiny sample. The scattered (diffracted) x-rays are collected by a detector   conclusively measure the effects of these
mounted to the goniometer, a device designed to very accurately measure the position of the             strains in individual crystals of portland
sample, incident x-rays and the detector.                                                               cement-based materials. Neutrons behave
                                                                                                        much the same way as X-rays, determining

Chemical Engineering research team                                                                      the structural details of the target material
                                                                                                        by recording the way in which neutrons
                                                                                                        are diffracted, but are heavier and can
looks at concrete’s smallest details                                                                    penetrate deeper into materials.
                                                                                                             Although in its early stages,
     We still have a lot to learn about the          have 50-to-100-year life spans.”
most ubiquitous manmade material on the                   Although concrete’s visible form              Biernacki’s research supports the expecta-
planet, concrete, says Chemical Engineer-            appears rigid and stable, the individual           tion that measurements can be made in
ing Professor Joseph Biernacki.                      crystallites constantly change shape under         this fashion. His search for undiscovered
     When most of us look at concrete                chemical, mechanical, thermal or other             properties of concrete is supported by his
bridges or dams, we see behemoth                     loads. Biernacki says faulty concrete in the       relationships with ORNL, the University
structures, but Biernacki thinks about how           real world is just a manifestation of the          of Tennessee-Knoxville and Brookhaven
the atoms and molecules that make up the             behavior of molecules and atoms.                   National Laboratory.
concrete are behaving. His ongoing                        “Concrete is simply stones, water and              Biernacki and UT-K researcher
research to measure strain, deformations             portland cement, like the kind you buy at          Camden Hubbard secured a $235,000
                                                                                                        three-year National Science Foundation
         By using X-rays and neutron diffraction, Biernacki, his students, and a                        grant to continue their research and
                                                                                                        support students.
         team of colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory hope to become                                  “We’ve gained access to unique
         the first researchers to conclusively measure the effects of these                             facilities at ORNL’s High Temperature
                                                                                                        Materials Lab and at Brookhaven,” says
         strains in individual crystals of portland cement-based materials.                             Biernacki. “Through our NSF award, we
or changes in shape in concrete at atomic            Lowe’s, with most of the resulting concrete        will be able to fund the construction of
and molecular levels promises to unearth             being crystalline components,” he ex-              specialized tools to be used with ORNL’s
new information to make future concrete              plains.                                            neutron strain mapping facilities.
constructions safer and longer lasting.                   “These compounds have regularly                    “If we continue to be successful, our
     “Concrete is a reliable, wonderful              ordered atoms. With X-rays and neutron             techniques may provide an experimental
construction material, but we need to                diffraction, we can examine the crystalline        approach making it possible to study
develop the next generation of concrete to           portions and measure the space between             stress and strain distributions at a very
increase durability and safety,” says                the atoms and molecules.                           small scale and eventually support the
Biernacki. “For example, we should be                     “Just like when you squeeze a sponge          development of multi-scale models for the
able to construct bridge decks today that            and change the shape of the empty spaces           prediction of macro-scale behavior.”

                                                                                            Engineering / Tennessee Tech University / Page 7
Entrepreneurs in action:
     TTU, Vanderbilt teach students to create jobs, not take jobs
     Tennessee Tech and Vanderbilt                  United States and ultra wideband wireless          says he sees mutual benefits to students at
University are helping students prepare to          and battery technologies.                          both universities.
face today’s world of corporate buyouts,                Vanderbilt Project Director Wilburn                “The cross-disciplinary approach with
layoffs, greed and unethical practices with         Clouse says the objective is to create a           Vanderbilt’s Human and Organizational
entrepreneurial skills and attitude.                broad-based, cross-discipline approach to          Development program will greatly
     Through the Entrepreneurs in Action            teaching students to see opportunities that        enhance our engineering students’
program, the TTU College of Engineering             others miss and to stress self-employment          education, and Vanderbilt’s students will
and Vanderbilt’s Entrepreneurship                   and self-fulfillment.                              gain a better understanding of the social,
Education Forum are collaborating to
research and develop an online environ-
                                                       “The cross-disciplinary approach with Vanderbilt’s Human and Organizational
ment where students can learn how to
create viable businesses based on real-                Development program will greatly enhance our engineering students’ educa-
world case studies. The program gives
                                                       tion, and Vanderbilt’s students will gain a better understanding of the social,
students problem-based projects about the
social, economic, political, environmental             political, environmental and economic applications of engineering ventures,”
and engineering policy issues related to
                                                       says Manufacturing Research Center Director Ken Currie.
each case.
     “Although the forum provides lessons
for students across disciplines, we are                  “The general theme is to create a job,        political, environmental and economic
particularly interested in giving engineer-         not take a job,” he says.                          applications of engineering ventures,” says
ing students an opportunity to think like                In early experimental studies over the        Currie.
entrepreneurs and to immediately see                past five years, Entrepreneurs in Action                Supported by a National Science
applications of their engineering studies           has developed sites in New York, New               Foundation grant to Tennessee Tech to
with real-world problems and business               Mexico, Louisiana and Tennessee. The               encourage innovation and entrepreneur-
ventures,” says TTU Engineering Dean                new TTU-Vanderbilt partnership marks               ship in engineering and related disciplines,
Glen Johnson.                                       the first application of the program in a          the project is funded to Vanderbilt through
     Projects include studies of the recent         university setting. Ken Currie, director of        a sub-contract. Dean Johnson serves as the
electrical blackout affecting the eastern           our Center for Manufacturing Research,             grant’s principal investigator.

  Nominations sought for College of Engineering awards
        College of Engineering awards will be       ment of new technology, the candidate’s                 The Engineer of Distinction Award
  presented at the annual Engineers Week            contributions to innovations in curricula or       recognizes friends and alumni for their profes-
  Banquet on Feb. 24, 2005. Nominations             laboratories, and the candidate’s contributions    sional success over a long and distinguished
  should be submitted to Loretta Merkley at Box     to advising.                                       engineering career. Any interested party can
  5005, Cookeville, TN 38505-0001. They are               The Kinslow Award was established to         submit a nomination. Nominations should
  due by Dec. 15, 2004, and they are sought in      recognize high-quality, archival publications by   address the candidate’s outstanding profes-
  the following categories.                         Engineering faculty members at TTU. Articles       sional record, distinguished service to the
       Brown-Henderson Outstanding Engineer-        published during the calendar year 2004 will be    profession, interest in and dedication to the
  ing Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.     eligible for consideration this year. Nominees     College, and personal reputation for outstanding
  To be eligible a faculty member must be a full-   must be the principal author. The selection        character and citizenship. No employee of the
  time member of the College of Engineering         criteria include both research innovation and      University in active service is eligible for the
  faculty, must have been employed at TTU for       research applicability. Any interested party       award. Although most Engineer of Distinction
  the past three years, and must not have won       (other than the nominee) is authorized to submit   awards have been given to living candidates, it
  the award in the past five years. The award       nominations. The award carries with it a cash      is also possible for the award to be given
  aims to promote and encourage excellence in       stipend dependent on the size of the Kinslow       posthumously. The award carries no stipend,
  teaching and carries with it a stipend of         Endowment.                                         but those honored are enshrined in our Gallery
  $2,000.                                                 The Sissom Award was established to          of Distinction.
       Anyone within the College can submit a       recognize scholarship, methodology, invention,           The Technologist of Distinction Award was
  nomination, and the Engineering Joint Council,    technique, processes, or other unique contribu-    created to recognize friends and alumni for their
  the Engineering Development Foundation, and       tions demonstrating creativity and innovation.     professional success over a long and distin-
  the Dean’s Advisory Board are all eligible to     Any faculty member, administrator, student,        guished career in industrial technology. Criteria
  present a nomination on behalf of their           secretary, technician, or engineer associated      are the same as for the Engineer of Distinction
  organization. Nominations should address the      with the College is eligible for nomination. The   Award, with the primary difference being that the
  candidate’s outstanding performance in the        award carries with it a stipend that varies with   award winners will come from the Industrial
  classroom or with students in the laboratory,     the size of the Sissom Endowment, but is           Technology tradition, rather than from the
  the candidate’s contributions to the develop-     generally at least $1,000.                         Engineering tradition.

Engineering / Tennessee Tech University / Page 8
today’s faculty
Engineering faculty save industry money,
time, while increasing efficiency
      Money no longer has to go up in            binder break away only after being baked
smoke inside the ovens at Harris Metals          at 600-700 degrees for five to six hours
thanks to the research of Mechanical             inside the bake-out ovens. The finished
Engineering Associate Professor Glenn            products are then placed on shake-out
Cunningham and Manufacturing and                 tables where the sand is removed from
Industrial Technology Associate Professor        inside and out by shaking.
Fred Vondra.                                          “With this process, there’s often a
     Through a U.S. Department of Energy         queue of castings waiting to be processed,”
Industries of the Future Aluminum grant,         says Harris Metals President Dale Kondas.
Cunningham and Vondra recruited Harris           “Often there would be a week or more
Metals, along with four other companies,
for a program offering energy assessments
                                                 wait that affected our inventory and how
                                                 quickly we could respond to orders.”
and money-saving ideas. At Harris Metals,
the focus quickly turned to the furnace and
bake-out ovens that consumed a lot of
                                                      Vondra noticed the sand within many
                                                 castings was too hard to shake out without
                                                 extensive baking and saw the process
energy and maintenance hours.                    could be improved by using a binder that       Research activities in the College of
     “It was costing around $30,000 a year       would break down gradually from the            Engineering are often led by the missions of
in natural gas to run four large ovens used      heat of the aluminum poured inside,            our three Centers of Excellence. Active
to break down the sand molds,” says              completely eliminating the time and
Cunningham. “It became apparent that we                                                         research projects are underway in the
                                                 money spent baking each mold. The new
might eliminate the need for the ovens if        sand/binder molds were worked into             following broadly classified areas:
we could find a different way to break the       production with astounding results.            ■ Electric Power Plant Performance
sand molds away from the metal castings.”             “Because we no longer need natural        ■ Advanced Technologies in Power
     In the industry, molten aluminum or         gas to fire the ovens, our expenses
                                                                                                  Generation, Transmission and Distribution
iron is poured into almost rock-hard sand        dropped almost $30,000 a year,” says
molds to create a casting. Sand molds are        Kondas. “Plus, we’ve reduced our lead          ■ Power Systems and Devices
formed from “green sand,” which is mixed         time by a week and a half by eliminating       ■ Nanotechnology Materials and Applications
with a binder to make it sticky and hold its     the baking step, and we detect problems        ■ Fuel Cells and Electrochemistry
shape. When the sand/binder mixture sets         and make corrections faster. The coopera-      ■ Traditional and Novel Materials
up and hardens, the hot liquid metal is          tion I receive from Tennessee Tech has
poured into the mold. After the metal            created a terrific relationship that is          Characterization and Applications
cools, sand molds mixed with a traditional       responsive to industry needs.”                ■ Intelligent Systems, Robotics and Control
                                                                                               ■ Mechanisms for Space and Terrestrial
ChemE offers Indo-U.S. workshop on composites                                                   ■ Wireless Communications, Remote
     Joseph Biernacki of Chemical Engineering recently received a National Science                Sensing and Signal Processing
Foundation Award to organize an international workshop to be held at the Council of             ■ Simulation and Computational Analysis of
Scientific and Industrial Research in Chennai, India, Jan. 4-5, 2005. The workshop will
                                                                                                 Engineering Systems
explore state-of-the-art opportunities for next-generation advances in high-perfor-
mance cement-based concrete composites.                                                        ■ Computer Network Strategies
     The common need for infrastructure binds all nations together, yet the resource           ■ Integrated Product, Process, and
availability and specific needs differ. India is in great need of housing, basic infrastruc-     Manufacturing Design, Development and
ture for utility systems and roadways as well as urban development, and the U.S. is in
the process of rebuilding its deteriorated systems. While basic practices may be similar
in both countries, specific practices regarding issues such as design for earthquake and       ■ Biosentinels
disaster management, use of by-products and waste materials, hot weather curing and            ■ Bioengineering Processes and Systems
associated damage mechanisms and formulation with advanced admixtures varies. It               ■ Microbial Ecology in Man-made Systems
is hoped that this workshop will promote an exchange of knowledge that will lead to            ■ GIS Applications for Water Resource
greater interaction between research centers of the two nations.

                                                                                    Engineering / Tennessee Tech University / Page 9
                                                                                              ECE professor
                                                                                              wins ORAU
                                                                                              faculty award
                                                                                                   While companies, universities and
                                                                                              government agencies become increasingly
                                                                                              dependent on fast-growing, data-intensive
                                                                                              computer networks, Electrical and
                                                                                              Computer Engineering Assistant Professor
                                                                                              Xubin He is conducting award-winning
                                                                                              research on how large amounts of data can
                                                                                              be stored and transferred more securely,
                                                                                              quickly and reliably.
                                                                                                   As one of
                                                                                              the nation’s
                                                                                              most promising

Research team measures                                                                        junior faculty
                                                                                              members, He
                                                                                              has been named
natural mercury emissions                                                                     a Ralph E. Powe
                                                                                              Junior Faculty
     The negative environmental impact of      from anthropogenic sources, you have to        Enhancement
emissions from mercury may become an           know how much natural emission there           Award winner
issue as big as lead, which years ago          is,” Zhang says.                               by Oak Ridge
became well known for the damage it can              The researchers are conducting the       Associated
cause in humans and the world around us,       study in natural areas, like soil, in the      Universities.         Xubin He
say chemist Hong Zhang, a faculty              eastern United States to determine total            At TTU, He
associate of the Center for the Manage-        natural emissions. Other studies are being     created the Storage Technology and
ment, Utilization and Protection of Water      done in the western United States to           Architecture Research Laboratory, or
Resources, and his doctoral student Todd       determine natural emissions there.             STAR Lab, to promote research in data
Kuiken.                                              Zhang and his team are measuring         storage. In the past decade, faster proces-
     Zhang and Kuiken emphasize that           mercury emissions from soils and certain       sors and increased network bandwidth
point by elaborating on the similarities       environmental characteristics like air and     have allowed a cluster, which is a collec-
lead and mercury exhibit in terms of           soil temperature, soil moisture, and solar     tion of computers, to perform as well as a
environmental significance.                    radiation to determine if certain traits       dedicated computer but at lower cost.
     “Mercury is given off either naturally,   affect emissions.                              Meanwhile, a bottleneck occurs because of
through minerals and geothermal sources,             Since the 1990 Clean Air Act Amend-      the slow transfer rate between the comput-
or through anthropogenic sources such as       ments and the finding of mercury in fish in    ers and storage devices.
coal power plants and landfills,” Zhang        remote areas in the 1980s and 1990s, more           At the STAR Lab, He introduced a
says. “Once emitted, it can stay in the        research has been done on the presence of      three-level hierarchy of storage that
atmosphere for six to 12 months.”              mercury in the environment.                    reduces the bottleneck and increases the
     Mercury in the atmosphere can                   “People want to know the link            speed, reliability and security of the data
dissipate into water bodies and land           between the mercury in the emissions           transfer process. Working with Oak Ridge
masses, infiltrating the food chain through    from anthropogenic sources such as power       National Laboratory, he has introduced a
fish that eat other contaminated fish and      plants and in fish,” Zhang says.               “multi-layer, distributed shared IP storage
plants. When inorganic mercury is                    Mercury — considered a global            system” that features a small storage level
transformed to methylmercury in the            pollutant — is used in more than 3,000         for retrieval of frequently accessed data, an
environment, the results are toxic sub-        manufacturing and processing industries.       intermediate larger level for cache and an
stances that can affect the neurosystems of    The EPA says it’s the toxin of greatest        even larger storage area for backup data.
humans, especially children, and animals.      concern of those emitted from power                 “Think of trying to find your keys in a
     Zhang and his research team have          plants. Because significant levels of          small house as opposed to a large house,”
joined with the University of Nevada,          methylmercury are being found in fish, all     says He. “The smaller the area you have to
Reno, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory        states except Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyo-           search, the more quickly you will find
to determine the levels of mercury being       ming, Utah, Alaska and Hawaii have fish        what you are looking for. The same
emitted naturally. The research is funded      consumption advisories. In Tennessee,          concept works in the hierarchy of data
by the Environmental Protection Agency.        there are advisories only for specific water   storage. We place data in different storage
     “Before you can regulate emission         bodies.                                        levels depending on how frequently the

Engineering / Tennessee Tech University / Page 10
data are needed and how secure they need
to be.”
     Deploying data over a network with
networked storage brings economy and
convenience, but it also raises performance
and reliability issues which are addressed
in He’s research.
     “Security will be the most pressing
issue in data storage in the long run,” says
He. “As technology improves, other
elements such as speed, storage capacity
and network bandwidth can increase, but
security issues on a network are harder to
solve as the volume of data increases and
hardware and software challenges arise.”
     The continued collaboration with
ORNL will allow He access to network
clusters made up of dozens, even hun-
dreds, of computers so that he and his
graduate students can work on improving
network security.

                                               Environmental chemist Martha J.M. Wells and former doctoral student Mohamed Aboul Eish
  Cluster computing promises
  more flexibility, lower cost
       Assistant Professor Xubin He
                                               Faculty devise system to detect cancer-
  and his graduate students are
  working on the latest hot topic in
                                               causing agent in water
                                                     Drinking water utilities face a two-      spontaneous miscarriages in women.
  computing: clustering. Historically,
                                               edged sword. The chlorine being used to         Water treatment centers must take the time
  high-performance computing required
                                               make our water more drinkable, when it          to collect samples and take them to labs for
  super computers costing hundreds of
                                               reacts with natural organic matter found in     testing. They also are allowed to report
  thousands of dollars. Once in place,
                                               it, may actually make the water more            average levels to the EPA.
  these dedicated monster computers
                                               harmful.                                             “Our ultimate goal is to measure for
  are inflexible capital assets.
                                                     But original research by Environmen-      the precursors to THM while the water is
       In the past decade, engineers
                                               tal Chemistry Professor Martha Wells and        going through the pipe,” says Wells. “An
  have been developing computing
                                               Mechanical Engineering Professor Glenn          online system with near real-time answers
  clusters that do the same work, but
                                               Cunningham will help drinking water             will allow water treatment operators to
  cost much less and are more flexible.
                                               utilities across the country, including those   make adjustments to the water before
  A cluster uses a network of relatively
                                               that draw water from local lakes, to predict    chlorine is added.”
  inexpensive computers to pool the
                                               the potential for a specific danger.                 Wells developed the analytical
  computing resources of the individual
                                               Trihalomethane, or THM, is a cancer-            approach to interpreting the data, and
  machines, called nodes, to solve
                                               causing agent that forms when natural           Cunningham designed the equipment that
  large problems.
                                               organic matter in drinking water reacts         will be used to analyze the water. Cur-
       “A cluster is comparable to a
                                               with the chlorine used to treat it. Wells and   rently, the research team is operating
  high-end computer in the amount of
                                               Cunningham’s new approach will help             under a pending patent to protect the
  work it can do, but is much less
                                               detect the potential for THM formation          original idea and design. Students are
  expensive and more flexible,” says
                                               faster and more accurately than Environ-        working to perfect the testing in the lab
                                               mental Protection Agency techniques.            while developing the online method.
       The success of cluster computing
                                                     “THM forms when soil, leaves and               Wells points out that the success of the
  depends on storing and distributing
                                               other natural organic matter wash off into      project is due to the interdisciplinary
  data in a timely manner. One of the
                                               water and chemically react with the             approach taken with most projects through
  main goals of He’s research is to
                                               chlorine used to disinfect it,” explains        the Center for Management, Utilization
  design algorithms to improve network
                                               Wells. “If the matter is not removed before     and Protection of Water Resources.
  area storage systems and to be able
                                               the water is chlorinated, there’s the                “It’s almost impossible for one
  to use off-the-shelf hardware to
                                               potential for dangerous THM buildup.”           discipline to create solutions for water
  transfer data reliably and quickly
                                                     EPA tests detect THM after the water      quality problems without the help of
  among nodes. His research is
                                               is chlorinated, which has proven to be          others,” says Wells. “This project would
  supported by the Center for Manufac-
                                               inadequate to fight the problem. Beyond         not have happened without Glen’s
  turing Research.
                                               its cancer-causing potential, studies in        expertise in mechanical engineering and
                                               California have also linked THM to              mine in environmental chemistry.”

                                                                                Engineering / Tennessee Tech University / Page 11
today’s students                                                                              In brief
                                                                                              ■ Lottery scholarships. A total of 437
                                                                                              first- and second-year students are
                                                                                              studying in the College of Engineering as
                                                                                              beneficiaries of the first round of HOPE
                                                                                              Scholarships. These scholarships are
                                                                                              funded with proceeds from the Tennes-
                                                                                              see Lottery. In order to maintain eligibil-
                                                                                              ity, students must meet certain academic
                                                                                              requirements related to loading and
                                                                                              classroom performance. Complete details
                                                                                              are available at
                                                                                              financialaid/lottery/. College of Engi-
                                                                                              neering faculty and staff are committed
                                                                                              to the success of our students. If you
                                                                                              have a lottery scholarship question, do
                                                                                              not hesitate to see your advisor, or a
                                                                                              member of the Dean’s Office advising
                                                                                              staff (Dean Johnson, Associate Dean
                                                                                              Deivanayagam, Mr. Marable, and
                                                                                              Associate Dean Loutzenheiser).
                                                                                              ■ ME creates new tutoring office.
                                                                                              Sometimes a little help can go a long way
                                                                                              toward guaranteeing student success. Dr.
                                                                                              Darrell Hoy, interim chair of Mechanical
                                                                                              Engineering, has established a Tutoring
                                                                                              Center where ME students can go to help
                                                                                              them stay on track. The importance of

Motorsports team races Formula car                                                            this sort of program can’t be overempha-
                                                                                              sized, especially as we enter an era
      Faced with the opportunity to build a racecar designed for speeds up to 140 miles       where small changes in grade point
an hour, members of our Motorsports team head straight from the classroom to the shop         average could mean the difference
most days to work on a Formula One-style car worthy of competing against those                between maintaining or losing a lottery
designed by the world’s top universities.                                                     scholarship. The Tutoring Center is
     In its third year of competition, the TTU Motorsports team fielded a car in Pontiac,     located in Brown Hall, Room 122. It’s
Mich., in May against more than 140 competitors from the U.S., Canada, Australia and          generally open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
the UK in the annual Society of Automotive Engineers event.                                   Monday through Thursday, and from 8
     To compete, students design, fabricate, and compete with scaled Formula-style, one-      a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. The Center is
seat racecars. Teams operate on the premise that a manufacturing firm has engaged them        staffed by graduate students. They’ve
to produce a prototype car for evaluation as a production item. They must not only build      received high praise from students who
a sound car, they produce detailed cost reports and make proposals for marketing.             have taken advantage of their services.
     The Formula team shares space in the Denso Vehicle Engineering complex with the          Subjects include Dynamics, Dynamic
Mini-Baja team. Engineering Dean Glen Johnson has agreed to serve as the Formula Car          Modeling & Control, Thermodynamics,
advisor this year, and he and Mini-Baja advisor Professor Dale Wilson are working             Dynamics of Machinery, Heat Transfer,
together to make sure things go smoothly for both projects. There are significant differ-     Fluid Mechanics, Machine Design, and
ences between the goals of the two teams. Both car contests require that a certain            Statics. If you need to boost your
percentage of the car be designed and built fresh each year, but in the case of the Formula   performance, you may want to take
car, the entire frame has to be new with each new racing season. In the case of the Mini-     advantage of this special service.
Baja car, it is a requirement that the engine be 100% “stock.” The major constraint on the    ■ College hosts free lunch during
Formula car engine is tied to its air intake. Otherwise teams can do extensive engine         FE exam. Seniors taking the Fundamen-
design and modification.                                                                      tals of Engineering Exam at Hooper
     The Mini-Baja car is designed to be very stable and steady when driven on rough          Eblen Center Oct. 30 are being treated to
terrain, in the mud, and even in the water. The Formula car is designed to stick to a         at least one bright moment in their day,
paved road at high speed, and under high g-forces. Both teams are on track to field           as students continue the tradition of
competitive vehicles for the upcoming races in 2005. Students interested in participating     offering a free lunch to participants.
can contact Dean Johnson or Professor Wilson for details.                                     Dean Johnson is smoking pork butts
                                                                                              again, and there will be lots of fixin’s and
                                                                                              vegetarian options available as well.

Engineering / Tennessee Tech University / Page 12
Exchange students arrive from Sverige
     The first question that comes to mind      this beautiful part of Sweden.
is “what the heck is Sverige?” Well,                 In order to get the ball rolling, Dr.
Sverige is the Swedish name for Sweden,         Jansson found two ME students who had
and Sweden is a part of Scandinavia in          an interest in studying engineering here at
Northern Europe. The Swedes are part of         Tennessee Tech. Hans and Anders arrived
the European Economic Union, although           in Cookeville Aug. 23, and they have
they haven’t yet adopted the Euro. The          settled in and are learning more about life
countryside is characterized by beautiful       in the U.S. with every week. Some things
lakes, rolling hills, fertile planes, and       have required an adjustment. For example,
forests, but there are also beautiful cities,   the World Cup of Hockey is a major event
like the archipelago of Stockholm. Sweden       for Swedes, but here in the U.S.A., there
is known for its high-quality steel, as well    was very little national coverage. Some of
as Volvos, Saabs, Hasselblads, and              the games were carried on ESPN and
Absolut, plus Husqvarna and Stihl               ESPN2, but it took some hustling to keep
products. The Swedes enjoy a diverse            abreast of the series, including streaming
economy and a relatively moderate               audio feeds from Swedish radio.
climate when one considers their neigh-              Both are carrying full academic loads,
borhood in the world. Hockey is a favorite      so they don’t have time for a lot of           International studies
    Learn more about Karlstad University by visiting its English language web                  add another dimension
    pages beginning at, and its web site on life for exchange                  to lifelong learning
    students at                                                            Many TTU students are unaware of
                                                                                               the opportunities that exist to study
sport in Sweden, and many of the elite          extracurricular activities. Nevertheless       abroad, but these opportunities increase
players end up in the National Hockey           they’ve managed to take a river rafting trip   every year. You’d be surprised to learn
League, like Peter Forsberg, Mats Naslund,      on the Ocoee, they’ve been to Opry Mills,      just how easy and inexpensive it might
Niklas Lindstrom, and others.                   they’ve been to Six Flags in Atlanta, and      be. If you’re interested, check out the
     This semester Hans Johnsson and            they’ve taken trips to scenic areas here in    International Student Affairs web site at
Anders Westlund are studying at TTU as          the Upper Cumberland.
part of an exchange between our campus               A major difference between the
and Karlstad University in Central              European system of higher education and        ships are available, and there are
Sweden. This exchange came about                the system in the U.S.A. is in the amount of   openings in many countries. Under
because several years ago Dr. Anders            homework and testing. In Europe students       exchange agreements that exist with
Jansson, a faculty member at Karlstad,          do not typically get homework, quizzes, or     several universities around the world, a
brought a team of engineers from Sweden         intermediate tests. There are no points for    student can pay tuition and fees at TTU
to study the American auto industry.            attendance, or for class discussion. The       (the “home” institution), and tuition and
During the Middle Tennessee leg of their        student can come to the classes — or not.      fees at the “host” institution are waived.
tour, TTU hosted the engineers in               In the end, in the European system, you        If you are selected for one of the round-
Cookeville, where they were able to visit       pass or fail your class by your performance    trip air fare scholarships that are
Fleetguard and TRW to learn about their         on a final exam which is closely moni-
                                                                                               available, the only difference between
manufacturing practices. The first tour was     tored. The European system requires great
                                                                                               your cost to study at TTU and your cost
quite successful, and Dr. Jansson brought a     self discipline, and leads to extensive
second group a few years later. Since           pressure at the end of the term. In the        to study in a foreign country will be the
Karlstad is making a special effort to reach    American system, self discipline is still      difference in the cost of living between
out to international students, including        required, but there are many milestones        Cookeville and your destination.
the U.S.A., it made sense to learn more         along the way in the form of quizzes,                In many of the the foreign universi-
about a possible student exchange. When         homework, and intermediate tests, so the       ties, your classes will be taught in
Dean Johnson attended the International         student has a good idea of where things        English, so you don’t even have to speak
Conference on Engineering Design in             stand well before the final exam.              the local language to take advantage of
Stockholm during August 2003, he made a              Hans and Anders are getting used to       this broadening experience. Several
special visit to Karlstad to learn more         our system, but the workload is definitely     prospective host universities offer
about the opportunities for TTU students.       different here in the U.S. They’ve given
                                                                                               engineering curricula. If you are inter-
     It turns out that Karlstad is offering     positive feedback about the friendly nature
                                                                                               ested in studying abroad, see your
engineering course work in English, and         of TTU and Cookeville, and many students
the university has many international           have stepped up and made them feel             advisor, department chair, Dean Johnson,
students studying engineering. Karlstad         welcome. We hope that their visit will help    or Mr. Wilkerson in International Student
faculty and staff are anxious to assist         some TTU students decide to spend some         Affairs (Derryberry Hall Room 103).
foreign students, and to introduce them to      time at Karlstad in a future term.

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                                                    Top row, from left: Wade Casey, Rebekah Locke and Gary Hammock II, and Michael Dingwall.
                                                    Bottom row: Scott Vanderlan, Kristen Deardorff, and Sri Velagandula

                                                   Students put skills to work at AEDC
                                                        Seven TTU Engineering students          ment using NASA-based software to
                                                   spent their summer at the U.S. Air           develop in-flight models for a military
                                                   Force’s Arnold Engineering Develop-          engine application and with data on
                                                   ment Center applying the skills they         engine performance.
                                                   learned during their undergraduate                 Rebekah Locke, also a Mechanical
                                                   studies. The students participated in        Engineering senior, worked in the
                                                   Aerospace Testing Alliance’s Summer          Integrated Test and Evaluation
                                                   Intern Program, which provides full-         Department where she interpreted
                                                   time temporary employment for 10             plotting capabilities to help with
                                                   weeks during the summer break to             turbine engine inlet analysis proce-
                                                   selected students, pairing them with an      dures.
                                                   AEDC employee whose job is related to              Scott Vanderlan, Mechanical
                                                   the student’s field of study.                Engineering senior, worked in the
                                                        Wade Casey, a Mechanical Engi-          Integrated Test and Evaluation
                                                   neering senior, worked in the Integrated     Department as a test engineer intern in
                                                   Test and Evaluation Department where         the Aeropropulsion Systems Test
                                                   he analyzed turbine engine start data for    Facility.
                                                   the F100 and F110 turbofan engines that            Sri Velagandula, an Electrical
                                                   power the U.S. Air Force’s F-15 and F-16     Engineering senior, worked in the
                                                   fighter aircraft.                            Power Controls area. Last summer she
                                                        Kristen Deardorff, an Electrical        worked in the Maintenance and
                                                   Engineering major, worked in the             Reliability section where she learned
                                                   Information and Technology Depart-           and observed basic preventive
                                                   ment where she provided graphical user       maintenance for large electrical
                                                   interface software for a programmable        motors. This summer her goal was to
                                                   logic controller used to provide power       obtain more electrical engineering
                                                   for heat flux sensor calibrations.           experience by concentrating on power
  Several Engineering majors take part in both          Michael Dingwall, a Computer            controls.
  Golden Eagle athletics, including the cross      Engineering senior, worked in the                  Arnold Engineering Development
  country and track team, and intramural/club      Integrated Test and Evaluation               Center is the nation’s largest complex
  sports like cricket, which played a record       Department’s Advanced Missile                of flight simulation test facilities.
  four tournaments this season. Pictured           Signature Center, where he helped            Virtually every high-performance
  above: cross country competitor Andrew
                                                   develop software to enhance images           flight system in use by the Department
  Wisniewski, a junior in Civil Engineering; one
  of his team mates is Ben Byard (not              and worked with Linux and Mac OS X           of Defense today and all NASA
  pictured), a senior in Civil Engineering. The    platforms.                                   manned spacecraft have been tested in
  Cricket Club’s captain is Jeanison Pradeep.           Gary Hammock II, Mechanical             AEDC’s facilities. Today the center is
                                                   Engineering senior, worked in the            testing the next generation of aircraft
                                                   Integrated Test and Evaluation Depart-       and space systems.

Engineering / Tennessee Tech University / Page 14
today’s alumni                                                                                Eaton named president of
                                                                                              Cumberland University
                                                                                              Alumnus Harvill Eaton has been named
                                                                                              president of Cumberland University in
                                                                                              Lebanon, Tenn. The 1970 Engineering

TTU Alumni Association names Smith                                                            Science graduate has spent his professional
                                                                                              career in higher education. After teaching
                                                                                                                and holding key adminis-
‘Distinguished Alumnus’                                                                                         trative positions at
                                                                                                                Louisiana State Univer-
     Retired FCC executive Richard                    Appointed chief of the Office of                          sity and a two-year stint
Melvyn Smith, Electrical Engineering ’63,       Engineering in 1994, a position he held                         teaching at TTU, he
is being honored during Homecoming by           until his retirement, Smith’s responsibili-                     joined Drexel University
Tennessee Tech University’s Alumni              ties included management of the FCC                             in Pennsylvania. Even as
Association, which selected him as one of       laboratory and development of policy                            a student at TTU, Eaton
two winners of this year’s Distinguished        regarding spectrum allocation and                               was a natural leader.
                   Alumnus Award.               technical standards. His last FCC project     Harvill Eaton
                                                                                                                Active in the Engineering
                    The award is the highest    was the development of the HDTV table of      Joint Council, he met several brothers of
                   bestowed by the              allotments.                                   the Theta Tau engineering fraternity.
                   university’s alumni                Since his retirement, Smith has         When the Tech chapter became part of the
                   association and recog-       advised foreign telecommunications            national fraternity, Eaton was at the helm
                   nizes professional           bodies looking to privatize the communi-      as president. “The professors at TTU made
                   excellence and achieve-      cations industry.                             it such a wonderful experience,” he says.
                   ment or outstanding                “I have been very impressed with the    “We related to them as peers and mentors,
Richard Smith      service to the university.   large number of consulting activities that    and recognized their academic and
     A recipient of the Federal                 he has been engaged in during his             professional achievements.”
Communication’s highest honor, the Gold         retirement,” says College of Engineering
Medal Award, Smith has made significant         Dean Glen Johnson. “He is clearly widely
contributions to the field of telecommuni-      respected at the highest levels of govern-
                                                                                              Smith inducted into Kentucky’s
cations. During his 35-year career at the       ment around the world and appears to be       Transportation Hall of Fame
FCC, he rose to the highest engineering         in very high demand as many foreign           A transportation expert for more than 30
level, serving as chief of the Office of        countries establish improved communica-       years, Buddy James Smith, Civil Engineer-
Engineering and Technology.                     tions structures.”                            ing ’62, was recently inducted into the
     He began his FCC career in Los                   In his service to TTU, Smith is                            Kentucky Transporta-
Angeles as a field engineer and radio           credited with being a major stabilizing                          tion Hall of Fame.
spectrum management specialist. He              force for Engineering development efforts                        Projects engineer for
specialized in radio direction finding,         and recently served as president of the                          both the city of Paducah
electromagnetic compatibility and               Engineering Development Foundation. A                            and McCracken County,
technical standards activities designed to      member of TTU’s President’s Club, he also                        Ky., Smith is an Air
ensure the best use of the radio spectrum.      is active in supporting the Department of                        Force veteran who
     In 1981, President Jimmy Carter            Electrical and Computer Engineering. He                          began his career with
appointed him to the U.S. Government            received the College of Engineering’s                            the Illinois Central
                                                                                              Buddy Smith
Senior Executive Service, and a year later      Engineer of Distinction Award in 2003.                           Railroad. Smith has
he was named as chief of the Field                    Smith and his wife, Patti, live in      served on the Kentucky Transportation
Operations Bureau. In this position he was      Jackson County. Their son and daughter-       Center advisory board since 1992, and has
responsible for all engineering activities      in-law, both attorneys in the telecommuni-    received various civic and community
conducted by FCC field offices and radio        cations sector, live and work near Wash-      awards, including Kentucky’s Outstanding
monitoring stations.                            ington, D.C.                                  Service Award in Emergency Services.

                                                The stars come out at Homecoming
                                                The stars come out this year at Homecoming, starting with a concert fund raiser by
                                                country superstar Vince Gill on Thursday, Nov. 4. On Friday, Nov. 5, this year’s
                                                Outstanding Alumni Award winners, including Electrical Engineering graduate Richard
                                                Smith (see above), will be honored at a 4 p.m. reception in the Tech Pride Room of
                                                the University Center. On Saturday, Nov. 6, an alumni hospitality continental breakfast
                                                begins at 9:30, followed by the annual Homecoming parade at 10:30, and lunch from
                                                11 to 2 in Athletics’ new Tailgate Park next to Tucker Stadium, where, at 2 p.m., our
                                                Golden Eagles take on Eastern Illinois University. Join the College of Engineering at
                                                the Tailgate Park after the parade for fellowship and refreshments.

                                                                                Engineering / Tennessee Tech University / Page 15
supporting engineering
Anna Dillon Henry leaves lasting bequest
                              On a beautiful spring day in 1930, a handful of proud young
                                                                                              In brief
                       men and women achieved dreams many of them thought were                ■ McGee endowment to assist
                       impossible - their college degrees. One of these young individuals     ChemE students. When Professor
                       was Anna Dillon Henry who, diploma fresh in hand, set out to           Emeritus John McGee’s sister Anne Clarice
                       achieve her life dream of helping others. For the next 71 years, she   McGee designated a significant part of her
                       did just that. And now, even today, Miss Anna’s legacy will            estate to support the Chemical Engineer-
                       continue to help others thanks in part to a wonderful estate gift to   ing Department, it was understood that
                       the College of Engineering.                                            her goal was to help students achieve the
                              One of seven children, Anna Dillon Henry was born in 1907       dream of a college degree. The John C.
                       in Memphis, Tenn. She enjoyed her high school years, and upon          McGee and Family Scholarship Endow-
Anna Henry             graduating, enrolled in West Tennessee State Teachers College          ment is now in place, and it is anticipated
                       (now the University of Memphis). After one year at West Tennessee      that it will be possible to begin making
State, Anna transferred to a small, relatively new four-year college in Cookeville known      awards next year. Scholarships from this
as Tennessee Polytechnic Institute.                                                           fund will be available to sophomore,
     Anna enrolled in the home economics program, and a few years later she graduated         junior, and senior students who are
with a job at Rickman High School. After two years, the school ran out of money, and          majoring in Chemical Engineering. In
Anna lost her job. She returned to Memphis, did volunteer social work and later became        order to hold the scholarship, the student
a successful caseworker.                                                                      must have a grade point average of at least
     Having no children, Anna prepared her will to include those organizations that           3.0, and must also be taking Chemical
meant so much to her. Tennessee Tech was among them. Knowing that a scholarship               Engineering courses during the period of
endowment existed at Tech in honor of her sister and brother-in-law, she directed that a      the scholarship. The scholarships will fund
portion of her estate be used to enhance the James M. and Edith Henderson Endowed             payment of the student’s differential
Scholarship.                                                                                  maintenance fees. Contingent on availabil-
     Thanks to her generosity and bequest, the Henderson Endowment has more than              ity of funds, it is anticipated that every
quadrupled in size, resulting in an even greater benefit to Tech students. Miss Anna          student who meets the criteria will be able
Dillon Henry, a lady whose life was spent in the service of others, has ensured that her      to receive an award. There is no need to
legacy will live on in the lives of the students this scholarship benefits.                   apply for a McGee scholarship. Beginning
                                                                                              in Fall 2005, eligible students will be
TBR honors long-time supporters                                                               identified for awards by the Department.
                                              The Edwards family of Jamestown, Tenn.,
                                           was honored recently by the Tennessee Board        ■ Engineering leads campus in
                                           of Regents, receiving the TBR Chancellor’s         alumni who give back. During the fiscal
                                           Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.              year that ended in June, TTU had a record
                                              Carl and Ginny Edwards, along with their        number of alumni donors, and donors
                                           son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Mary            from the College of Engineering led the
                                           Alice Edwards, have been a catalyst for            way with the largest number of alumni
                                           encouraging others to support and attend           donors and the largest percentage of
                                           TTU, in addition to providing significant          alumni donors (among colleges with more
                                           monetary contributions to TTU.                     than 100 alumni) as well. Of the 10,493
From left: President Bob Bell, Scott and      Together the Edwards ran the family
Mary Alice Edwards, and TBR Chancellor                                                        College of Engineering alums with known
Charles Manning
                                           business, Micro Metals of Jamestown, and           contact information, 1,527 (14.55%) made a
                                           raised two sons, Rick and Scott. After Rick        donation in FY 04. The percentage of
graduated in 1981 with an Industrial Engineering degree from TTU, he became vice              alumni donors for TTU overall was also up
president of operations at Micro Metals. Scott, a 1987 TTU business management                this past year, at a little over 13%. Alumni
graduate, took over as sales manager, and his wife, Mary Alice, a 1989 TTU accounting         support is one of the key issues when
graduate, also joined the company.                                                            university rankings are determined.
     During this time of growth and success, an automobile accident took Rick’s life and      Alumni support helps us maintain TTU’s
seriously injured Carl. The family turned to Scott to run the company. Today, as CEO, he      strong reputation for excellence. When
oversees a company known worldwide for its organizational efficiency.                         people are willing to give back, it is further
     As individuals and through the company, the Edwards family supports many good            proof of the continued connection between
causes in the community, but their special focus traditionally has been on Tennessee          our graduates and their alma mater.
Tech. Carl and Ginny began by endowing a scholarship in Rick’s memory through our
College of Engineering. Since then, Scott has established several other endowments
helping other campus programs in business, nursing and education.

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Donations critical for long-
term success of the college
     If it weren’t for the support of our friends and alumni, the College of Engineering
would not be the bright, vibrant, exciting place that we currently enjoy. Donations
drive many of our most important student activities, including student conference
participation, projects like the Mini-Baja and the Formula Car, lab equipment acquisi-
tion, and construction of specialized facilities. The Denso Vehicle Engineering Complex,
for example, is a facility that would not be available were it not for private support
from Denso. Similarly, the furnishings in our new conference area (PH 225) were
largely purchased with private support. Donations to the College of Engineering
Endowment undergird our programs, and help us assure that the TTU of the future
will have a firm footing for continued excellence.                                            Engineering
     Some of our key donors are alumni who just want to give something back to TTU.
Other key donors are friends who recognize the value of TTU to the quality of life in
Tennessee. Whatever your reason for giving, we want to say THANK YOU! The spirit
of cheerful philanthropy allows us to achieve ever higher goals, it impacts our national
rankings, and it acknowledges the important connection between YOU and TTU.
     Within the College of Engineering, our next fund-raising project will continue our
focus on further renovation of Prescott Hall. Dr. Wallace “Bud” Prescott is known and         to new role
loved by many generations of Tech alumni, and we would like to bring Prescott Hall up
to modern standards of excellence to show our appreciation to Dr. Prescott. The PH 225        As part of a reorganization plan that
renovation is essentially complete (see below), and the next step will be to raise funds      brings all of the Foundations at Tennes-
for the renovation of Prescott Hall Auditorium. This room has great potential as a            see Tech under the umbrella of the
venue for special programs in the college. It is large enough that it could accommodate       University Foundation, the Engineering
major student meetings for any of our departments. We anticipate that renovation of
                                                                                              Development Foundation will be
this facility, including modern audio visual and information technology upgrades, will
                                                                                              changing its name to reflect its new
run somewhere on the order of $300,000. We look forward to your assistance with this
important project.                                                                            role. EDF will continue to support the
                                                                                              College of Engineering as it always has.
                                                                                              The gifts and donations identified for
The College of Engineering gratefully acknowledges and appreciates the support of the         specific targets of philanthropy within
following donors who helped make the renovation of Prescott Hall 225 a reality.               the college will continue to go to the
                                                                                              same targets. The funds will continue to
Patron ($5,000 and up)            Alice L. Cannella
                                                                                              be managed by the same external
                                                                  James K. Morton
Robert G. Campbell & Associates   Nancy C. Childress              Lance Wade Parker
                                                                                              money managers who have had this
                                  Scott Clugston                  Lori K. Purdy               responsibility for many years. Every
Benefactors ($1,000 to $4,999)    Luann Cress                     Dr. Periasamy K. Rajan      effort is made to assure that the wishes
Mr. & Mrs. Lamar Dunn             Dr. Sandra K. Dudley            David K. Reynolds           of the donor are honored, and this will
Donald Freeman                    Dean R. Freitag                 Harold R. Sells             continue. EDF will continue to recom-
Dudley E. Garner Jr.              William E. Griggs, Jr.          D. Jack Southard, Jr.       mend expenditure of earnings from the
Thomas M. Hudson, Jr.             Steven K. Guthrie               Sprint Foundation           official EDF endowment. If you wish to
                                  Dr. Sang Han                    Mr. & Mrs. David Swindler   donate in support of that endowment,
Sponsors ($500 to $999)           H. LeRoy Henderson              Charles W. Thompson         you can continue to designate “EDF
George R. Bratton, Jr.            Donald E. Huffman               Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W.
                                                                                              endowment” in the memo line of your
James Seay Brown                  Dr. & Mrs. Glen E. Johnson        Weaver
Clark Childress                   R. Gailor Justice
                                                                                              contribution. If you wish to support the
                                                                  Mr. & Mrs. James
Tommy Chisolm                     Clyde C. Kelly                    Westmoreland
                                                                                              College of Engineering directly,
Donna Lee Curtin                  Dr. Clayton P. Kerr             Wilson & Associates         designate “College of Engineering” in
Frank Kurzynske, Jr.              Mr. & Mrs. Jim Laycock            Engineering & Surveying   the memo line. If you would like to
Tom Moon                          Brian D. Maffett                                            support some other target, like the
Mr. & Mrs. Richard M. Smith       Larry D. McClanahan             Additional Donors           Differential Maintenance Fee Scholar-
Southern Company Services         Edgar R. McCoin                 H. Kai Grissim, Jr.         ships, the FE Exam Free Lunch Program,
                                  Mr. & Mrs. Gary H. McDonald     Thomas R. Howell            the SAE Car Projects, or other worthy
Boosters ($100 to $499)           Mr. & Mrs. Steven L. McDonald                               causes within the college, rest assured
Dr. Allen R. Atkins               Mr. & Mrs. Lem McSpadden, Jr.
                                                                                              that a note in the memo line will get
James H. Boehms                   Medtronic Foundation
                                                                                              your donation to the right area.
Mr. & Mrs. John T. Bulla          E. Ray Morris
      engineering vision
Tennessee Tech
VISION The College of Engineering will be an acknowledged leader in engineering
        and technology education.
MISSION Through education, research, and service, we will prepare our graduates to integrate their
        expertise as engineers and technologists with cultural understanding to improve life in the
        region and the world.
■       We will be known for the high quality of our programs.
■       We will focus on teaching and learning.
■       We will demonstrate commitment to scholarship and the discovery and creation of new
■       We will exhibit a strong work ethic. Faculty, staff, and students will all exhibit personal
        integrity in scholarship and personal interactions.
■       Our College will be characterized by a sense of community.
■       We will value diversity and show respect for every individual.

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