When UTC received $29 million from the State of Tennessee to build the
new UTC Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics Building, a $5
million question surfaced: How will it be furnished?
Fundraisers have responded with Building the Future, the now public campaign
launched to allow the purchase of desks, computers, instructional and
research equipment, and more for the new building. Campaign proceeds will
also be used for scholarships and faculty teaching incentives. The campaign
goal is to raise $10 million, and 7.5 million has been raised in the quiet
phase of the campaign.
Lewis Card, Jr., vice president of Chattanooga textile equipment manufacturer
Card-Monroe Corp. and chair of the campaign, said $5 million of the private
donations will go to instructional equipment, $3 million will go to student
scholarships for the programs housed in the building and $2 million will
go to endowed chairs of excellence and professorships.
According to project leader Doug Thigpen of TH Parks, construction remains
ahead of the contracted schedule for completion, which is July, 2003.
"The eastern-most structure, which will house offices for engineering
faculty, conference rooms and computer graphics labs is completely closed
in and the heat will be turned on in early November," Thigpen said.
Ceiling tile and the finishing coat of paint will be added in early January.
Seating will be added to the Benwood Auditorium in December, with completion
expected in January. "By the end of November, the western structure,
housing the math department and meeting areas, will be under roof,"
according to Thigpen.
On behalf of campaign organizers and the UTC campus, Campaign Director
Bob Martin expressed thanks for:
Naming Gifts for Rooms, Laboratories, etc:
Benwood Auditorium, Card Family Auditorium, Maytag Conference Room, Maytag
Engineering Graphics Communications Laboratory, Alstom Senior Mechanical
Engineering Laboratory, Chattanooga Manufacturers Deans Suite, Ed
Duckett, Jr Engineering Mechanics Laboratory, Dupont Basic Engineering
Science Laboratory, I-EEE Student Lounge, Dorothy Dean Shelton Mathematics
Tutoring Center, Dorothy Dean Shelton Mathematics Testing Center, Jane
Dowden Mathematics Group Study Center
Endowments, Scholarships, Professorships:
Anthony L. Vest Engineering Endowment, Marjorie Watson Mathematics Endowment,
Chair of Excellence in Computational Engineering, Dr. William Q. Gurley
Mechanical Engineering Scholarship Endowment, James S. Kent Memorial Engineering
Scholarship, Chattanooga Gas Annual Scholarship, Engineering Week Scholarship,
Senator Ward Crutchfield Professorship, Edwin Duckett, Jr. Engineering
Scholarship, Alstom Scholarship, National Science Foundation Engineering
Scholarships, Ralph T. and Alice P. Call Engineering Scholarship Endowment
Additional leadership contributions, laboratory equipment, etc:
Joe Decosimo, Scott L. Probasco, Jr., Joe and Marianna Wheeler, NA Industries,
Electric Power Board, John Germ, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories,
Summerfield Johnston, Jr./Tucker Foundation, Sofix, Microsoft, Sherry
Brown, Chattanooga Boiler and Tank, TVA equipment and student services
support, Bill Stone, AVS sr. design support, Otto Wheeley, Astec sr. design
support, Wolf Aviation Fund, Arcadis, Science Applications International
Corporation, Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners
Additional support of varying levels made possible by UTC Engineering,
Computer Science and Math alumni and friends.
Continued support is needed to reach the goal of $10 million, according
"To ensure superior academic programs, funding for technical and
state of the art laboratory equipment and corporate gifts of laboratory
and computer equipment are needed. Support is also needed for student
scholarships to attract and retain the best and brightest students and
need-based scholarship for deserving students. We also need support for
retaining current faculty stars and obtaining new faculty leaders,"
For more information on the capital campaign, please email
Bob Martin or call (423) 425-4233.