Engineering Building under Construction

Engineering Building under Construction, 2001

In the fall of 1969, soon after the University put on its new name as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a new engineering program was envisioned.  Four gentlemen, Drs. Lynn Russell, Terry Carney, Bob Wynn, and Ron Cox, with the support of community leaders and elected officials, established a Division of Engineering, built upon the foundation of the predecessor University of Chattanooga Engineering Program. The four men had a vision and energy to develop an engineering curriculum and academic concentrations which later became a department, and then a college, to produce the technical workforce and engineering leaders needed in the region. With an initial primary focus in the industrial manufacturing sector, the program was then, and is still, a strong economic driver in the Tennessee Valley Corridor.  The program started with five faculty and forty students. The engineering department became a college with computer science joining its force in the early 1980’s.

Over the past 47 years, the College produced over 5000 engineers, engineering managers, computer scientists, and technologists. This fall, we welcomed 392 new students and welcomed back 1,046 in 13 different programs. Students from 22 different states and 12 countries make up our current student population of 1438. The people who founded the program and built upon its foundation during the ensuing years would be very proud of where the College is today.