CECS Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series

In support of CECS’ teaching, research, and service mission, the College launched a Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series beginning Fall 2016.  As a further  outreach commitment to students, faculty, and the extended community, the Speaker Series is open to the public. The presentations in the Speaker Series provide opportunities for sharing both cutting-edge  information from noted researcher in various fields as well as experience and timely insights from community leaders. 

Upcoming Seminars:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - Benwood Auditorium (EMCS 230), 5:30 pm

Topic: "The Well-Rounded Engineer"

More details to come.

College of Engineering and Computer Science, Engineering Math Computer Science Building is located at the Intersection of Vine and Palmetto Streets, Chattanooga TN, 37403


Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - Location/Time (tbd)

Albert Woodard, Chairman of the Board of Directors for KaZee, formerly Business Computer Applications Inc. (BCA)

More details to come.


Dr. John D. SchmisseurThursday, April 13, 2017 - SimCenter Auditorium, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
"Non-Intrusive Diagnostics for High-Speed Flows:  Challenges and Opportunities"

Dr. John D. SchmisseurProfessor of Aerospace Engineering, H.H. Arnold Chair and B.H. Goethert Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

One of the key challenges in measuring high-speed flows is the temporal and spatial resolution of the critical phenomena that drive the flow behavior.  Resolution requirements can range from several kilohertz to more than a megahertz over spatial scales extending from less than a millimeter to almost a meter with quantities of interest including both kinematic and thermodynamic conditions.  Dr. Schmisseur will present an overview of some of the more interesting diagnostic challenges he has encountered during his career with the Air Force Research Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, with a focus on some of the current research being conducted by his HORIZON research group at UTSI.  Measurements at flow Mach numbers from 2 to 12 will be included, along with some interesting “off topic” videos his team has shot during training with their high-speed camera. 

Prior to joining the faculty in 2014, John was the Chief of the Energy, Power & Propulsion Sciences Division and Program Manager for Aerothermodynamics within the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).  During his tenure at AFOSR, John initiated and led a national strategic research plan which has guided the research efforts of multiple federal agencies, championed the transition of basic research capabilities that have advanced flagship national hypersonics technology programs and transformed test and evaluation capabilities, and envisioned the HIFiRE program which unifies the efforts of AFRL, NASA and the Australian DSTO to advance fundamental hypersonic science and technology via flight research.  He is active within the professional community including having served as Chair of the AIAA Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee and a NATO Science and Technology Organisation working group.   Dr. Schmisseur earned his B.S. (90) and M.S. (92) in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his Ph.D. (97) in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2012) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (2013) and is the 2008 recipient of the Air Force Science and Engineering Award in Research Management. 

The SimCenter is located at 701 E. M.L. King Blvd., Chattanooga TN, 37403

Previous Seminars:

Friday, December 2, 2016 - SimCenter Auditorium,
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
"Multi-Robot Systems: From Formations to Human-Swarm Interactions"

Dr. Magnus Egerstedt, Executive Director for the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Friday, November 18, 2016 

"CFD Transition Modeling – Blending Classical Methods with Modern Tools"

Dr. Jim Coder, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) department at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville speaking at the SimCenter.

Audience for Coder lecture  Dr. Coder

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 

"Workforce Readiness and How Students Can Prepare for the Challenges and Opportunities of Future Job Demands"

Community Leaders and CECS Alumni, Mr. David Wade, President and CEO of EPB; Ms. Tammy Womack, Manager with TVA; and Mr. Jason Allen, VP with Chattem/SunPharma

October 12, 2016, Seminar Series - Panelists

Guests panelists presented to a standing-room-only audience.

The Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series continues in the Spring 2017 term.  Check back for additional information on speakers, dates and topics.

For more information, please contact Dr. Li Yang, Assistant Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science at Li-Yang@utc.edu.