About Us


minasartipi2Dr. Mina Sartipi is a Program Leader for Urban Science & Technology at University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC). She is also a UC Foundation Professor at the Computer Science and Engineering Department, where she leads the Smart Communications and Analysis Lab (SCAL). She recieved her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2001 and her M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2003 and 2006, respectively. 

In 2008, she was named UC Foundation Assistant Professor. This award was given to her based on her research activities and students evaluating her teaching. She was awarded the UTC Outstanding Faculty Research and Creative Achievement award in 2016. She has also been awarded the best researcher in the Department of CSE and the college of CECS in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015. 

Dr. Sartipi’s research interests are in the area of communications and data science, in particular advanced wireless communications and data analysis for smart healthcare and urban futures. She has served as the technical program chair of conferences in the areas of wireless communications and networking. Additionally, Dr. Sartipi has been called on to review several papers on data compression and error control coding for various IEEE, ACM, and EURASIP conferences and journals in the past several years.


Postdoctoral Scholar 


Dr. Zhen Hu received the bachelor degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, the master degree from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, and the Ph.D. degree from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, USA, in 2004, 2007, and 2010, respectively.


He currently works as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Smart Communication and Analysis Lab at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His research interests cover from radio science to data science.







 Graduate Students 

Austin Harris

Austin Harris is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, who is expected to finish his Masters in June of 2017. He is currently working in the Smart Communications and Analysis Lab at UTC, his research is based around motion analysis.  






 jinCJin is from South Korea and he lived in South Korea for 12 years. He is an graduate student at the University of Tennessee majoring in Computer Science : Scientific Application. He is expected to graduate in December and will be starting his masters program in the Spring. He joined the research lab late spring 2015, and his research topic is predictive data analysis.









Hector received his B.S. in physics from Tennessee Tech University. His research interest are predictive data analysis,cryptography, cyber security and his hobbies include backpacking and mountain biking.

Working with Dr. Sartipi's research group has been great as we learn so much from each other's backgrounds.










Rebekah Thompson received her B.S in Graphic Communications Management from Georgia Southern University. She is currently enrolled as a graduate student at UTC and expects to receive her M.S. Computer Science in 2018. Her research interests include predictive data analysis and mobile application development. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, reading, and playing video games.







Brain WilliamsBrian Williams, originally from Connecticut, received B.AS. in Mathematics and Computer Science before moving to Tennessee. He Recieved his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tennesee at Chattanooga. 









Brandon Allen graduated with his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Tennesee at Chattanooga, research focued on motion analysis. Brandon received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in May 2015. He also won the prestigious Sigma Xi Graduate Student Award in April 2015.