Eight TTU alumni recognized for being outstanding
Every year, a select group of alumni are recognized for their lifetime achievements and outstanding support of Tennessee Tech University.
This year, eight were recognized at a Feb. 7 reception at the Leslie Town Centre. Each of the university’s six colleges, the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing and Athletics selected a former student to recognize.
Award recipients were Jerry Bellar '58, College of Agriculture and Human Ecology; Bob Luna '82, College of Arts and Sciences; Tom Pemberton '11, Athletics; Grady Williams '57, College of Business; Mark Heinrich '75, M.A. '76, College of Education; David Wright '80, College of Engineering; Danny Brooks '03, College of Interdisciplinary Studies; and Dr. Steve Talbert '88, Whitson-Hester School of Nursing.
Golden Eagles Soar Around the World
The TTU Alumni Association would like to introduce a new feature to our website: Golden Eagles Soar Around the World.
Have photos of friends, family, or yourself supporting TTU from around the globe? Want to share your Purple Pride with others?
Submit your pictures now and be featured on our website, and show TTU alumni and friends where you SOAR!
TTU helps to meet national need for environmental professionals
With a new graduate program, Tennessee Tech University is helping to meet a national need to better protect the environment.
Between 2008 and 2018, the national need for environmental scientists and other specialists is projected to grow nearly 30 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. To help meet that need, this semester the university began offering a professional science master’s with a concentration in environmental informatics.
The program focuses on the use of business, geographic information systems and statistics tools in environmental data management. The degree will qualify graduates for jobs as environmental scientists and specialists.
TTU selected to join national leaders in engineering education
NSF-funded Pathways to Innovation encourages entrepreneurs in engineering
Tennessee Tech University has gained momentum on its aggressive plans to link engineering education and entrepreneurship by being selected as one of 12 universities across the U.S. to take part in the new Pathways to Innovation program.
The Pathways program will lead TTU through a process to design and implement unique plans to use entrepreneurship and innovation to transform undergraduate engineering education. This program was created by the NSF-funded National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation, known as the Epicenter.
TTU boasts the largest number of undergraduate engineering majors in the state and produces 30 percent of engineering graduates in Tennessee. At Tennessee Tech, the Pathways team leaders are Stephen Canfield, mechanical engineering professor, and Vahid Motevalli, associate dean for Research and Innovation in TTU’s College of Engineering.
TTU recognizes engineering alumni
To celebrate some of its top engineering alumni, Tennessee Tech University’s College of Engineering recently recognized four of its graduates for their contributions to their fields.
Recognized were Kim Williams '94, industrial engineering; Lynne Parker '83, computer science; Cullen Lamar Dunn '64, civil engineering; and Trudy A. Harper '83, '84, electrical engineering.
The ceremony was part of the culminating banquet for the university’s annual Engineers Week.
Senior art students host solo thesis shows
Five senior art students are currently hosting shows to display their work in glass, clay, ceramics, metals and wood at the Appalachian Center for Craft.
The senior thesis shows are a culmination of all that the students have learned at the university, and gives them the opportunity to work on developing artist statements and putting a show together at a gallery, doing everything from selecting pieces to displaying them.
Center for Craft galleries are free and open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Four TTU cadets take top prize in German-sponsored competition
After weeks of training that challenged their mental and physical strength, four cadets in Tennessee Tech University’s Golden Eagle Battalion earned a gold badge during the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge competition earlier this month at Indiana University.
The badge is a foreign award offered by the host country, Germany, and made available to U.S. service members starting in 1972. Participants compete in nine events over three days testing their military performance, physical ability and overall professional character in hopes of earning a gold, silver or bronze badge.
TTU research team assesses water quality in Obed-area streams
The Obed watershed, which encompasses parts of Cumberland, Morgan and Fentress counties, has been the focus of some recent sampling activity by researchers from Tennessee Tech University’s Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources.
TTU’s Water Center faculty are spearheading the research that is leading to the development of a watershed planning tool and involves assessing the inflow and infiltration conditions in Crossville’s wastewater collection system and monitoring of the water quality and quantity in that region.
“This project is important in helping community leaders make decisions about the water resources in the Obed watershed,” said Dennis George, project leader and director of the TTU Water Center.
TTU finance students outperform Wall Street, again
It will be Deryl Martin’s last time to ring Tennessee Tech University’s closing bell on the year-long Tennessee Valley Authority’s investment challenge, but at least he’s going out on top.
For the fifth, and Martin’s final, time, his investment class has won the TVA’s annual investment challenge and outperformed Wall Street with its stock purchases. Twenty-five colleges and universities participate in the competition, which began 16 years ago.
TTU Appalachian Center for Craft artists in residence host show
The six artists in residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech University are showcasing some of their best work in a show in the North Windows Gallery until May 4.
The pieces exhibit powerful, functional and conceptual fine craft in various media. The variety of techniques, materials and content on display pushes the media to the edge.
For more information, visit tntech.edu/craftcenter or call (931) 372-3051.
Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Huffman to speak at TTU spring commencements
This spring, an estimated 1,400 students and their families will hear from Gov. Bill Haslam and Kevin Huffman, state commissioner of education, at Tennessee Tech University’s commencement ceremonies May 10.