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UTC hosts 2005 ASEE SE Conference

Tennessee 3rd District Congressman Zach Wamp kicked off a gathering of the American Society of Engineering Education Southeastern Section (ASEE-SE) Annual Meeting by outlining what he sees as a most critical need in the United States. “We need to quickly move away from a petroleum based economy and develop alternative fuels,” Wamp said.

UTC hosted the ASEE-SE Annual Meeting and Conference. The theme of the conference was "Engineering 2020 Vision of the Future." Dr. Joseph Owino, UC Foundation Associate Professor, served as Conference Site Chair. Dr. Cecelia Wigal, UC Foundation Associate Professor, served as Conference Technical Program Chair.

Dr. J. Ronald Bailey, Dean of the College of
Engineering and Computer Science; W. Terry
Boston, P.E., Executive V.P. TVA Transmission/
Power Supply Group; Tennessee 3rd District
Congressman Zach Wamp; and Dr. Phil Kazemersky,
professor of Industrial & Engineering Management

Wamp has said the Tennessee Valley Technology Corridor is rapidly emerging as a high tech source of economic development. “Engineering is at the heart of this dynamic potential in our region, and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a 'flagship' institution in engineering. The new manufacturing of the 21st Century will see products made with cutting edge technology, and programs in engineering schools will lead the way,” Wamp said.

Wamp expressed frustration with the seeming inability in the U.S. to transfer the development of technological advances into the marketplace, particularly in the area of homeland security. “What we are doing is wholly inadequate,” Wamp said. “We have guns, gates, and guards, but technology and innovation are much more cost effective.” Wamp serves on The Homeland Security Subcommittee, which funds many federal agencies and programs crucial to national security.

Representatives from over 40 southeastern higher education institutions, including one in Puerto Rico, were represented at the ASEE-SE Annual Meeting and Conference. Presentations addressed trends in instructional methodology, outcomes assessment, retention and diversity in engineering and the workforce, use of information technology in teaching and learning, and the role of research. In addition, undergraduate students were invited to participate in a judged poster session on their work in capstone design courses or undergraduate research opportunities.

Terry Boston, Executive Vice President of the TVA Transmission/Power Supply Group delivered the second plenary address. He told the group it is important to educate engineers to solve problems, think outside the box, and to do for $1 what the other guys do for $2. The TVA Power Engineering Laboratory at UTC, a Power Systems Laboratory resulted from what Boston calls "the good partnership" with TVA, TVA's equipment supplier, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and the University. The laboratory includes microprocessor-based relays and equipment to study electric machines.

“We want people trained in current technologies that TVA is using, and our vendors are using,” Boston said.

April 12, 2005

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