U.S.Congressman Zach Wamp
Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker
County Commissioner Claude Ramsey
Dr. Harry McDonald demonstrates wind patterns
over Lookout Mountain
UTC Receives $1 Million in Federal Technology Funding
U.S. Congressman Zach Wamp has announced the appropriation of
two federal grants for technology initiatives on the University
of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus.
Wamp joined UTC Chancellor Bill Stacy, Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker,
and Hamilton County Executive Claude Ramsey to report $1 million
total grants: $500,000 to the UTC SimCenter, a graduate education
and research program in computational engineering, and $500,000
toward the establishment of the Riverbend Technology Institute on
"Communities that invest in research and technology today will
reap the benefits of economic development tomorrow," said Congressman
Wamp. "The SimCenter at UTC and the Riverbend Technology Institute
are two exciting developments in technology growth for the Chattanooga
area. High speed computers and computational engineering are frontiers
and this funding will allow Chattanooga to be on the cutting edge
of new technology research while advancing the curriculum at our
major research institution."
UTC, with support from the city, county and University of Chattanooga
Foundation, recruited 18 internationally renowned faculty and researchers
in the fall of 2002 to form the UT SimCenter at Chattanooga, including
Dr. David Whitfield, center director, and Dr. Harry McDonald, the
center’s chief research scientist. Prior to coming to UTC,
Whitfield was one of three co-founders of the National Science Foundation
Engineering Research Center for Computational Field Simulation at
Mississippi State University, and McDonald served as the former
Director of NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California,
where he established the NASA Center for Excellence in Information
"We are thrilled that the U.S. government has recognized the
renowned researchers of the UTC SimCenter, and we appreciate the
tireless efforts of Congressman Wamp in helping earmark this funding
for our campus," said Chancellor Stacy. "This is an accomplishment
beyond our expectations for the center considering its recent establishment.
We are grateful that the SimCenter researchers’ contributions
to the scientific community will continue from their new home in
The mission of the UTC SimCenter is to serve U.S. government and
industry through integrated research and education in computational
engineering through development of advanced computational simulation
and design systems that enable and support designers in the analysis,
design and certification of air, land, sea and space systems.
"Today’s announcement provides a great opportunity for
our computational engineers, one that is crucial to their academic
programs. It will get students involved and provide funding that
is needed," according to Dr. John Friedl, UTC Provost.
In the last six months, Dr. Harry McDonald says the SimCenter has
acquired 18 professors, 5 Ph.D students and two graduate students.
"With today’s announcement, the SimCenter has acquired
$754,000 in grants for research. Over the next 18 months, the research
arm of the SimCenter will move to the Solar Building on M.L.King
Boulevard, recruit more students and increase our grants and funding,"
The Riverbend Technology Institute is a public-private partnership
initiative between the City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, UTC,
and community partners. The institute, which is a component of UTC’s
Metropolitan College, will support the establishment of high technology
industries and work collaboratively in furthering the understanding
and development of technology and its effective applications. The
institute will sponsor regular presentations increasing public awareness
of technology, applications, technology issues, and Chattanooga’s
growing involvement in high tech industries.
"The Riverbend Technology Institute will provide intellectual
capital to assist with high-tech businesses. As it helps to develop
this culture, the institute also holds great promise for celebrating
successes in technology in the Chattanooga-Hamilton County area,"
said Dr. John Shaerer, Dean of Metro College at UTC.