Dean's Message 

Dr. Alp

Dear Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Friends of the College of Engineering and Computer Science,

As my tenure as Interim Dean of the College concludes, I write to thank each of you for your hard work, your support, and your continued dedicated commitment to teaching, research, and service that is the hallmark of the College. Your efforts have been key to the many successes achieved over the past eighteen months.

As I reflect back upon my time as Interim Dean it is with confidence that this student body, faculty, and staff are truly outstanding. The growth in our enrollment; increase in research grant submissions and awards; addition of new faculty; top ten national ranking of the online M.S. Engineering Management Program; new amenities, study areas, and advisory council for our students; facilities improvements; the development of new community partnerships; improved internal and external communication media; hiring of two full-time professional academic advisors; state and national student awards; and more….. coupled with an extremely favorable ABET-EAC accreditation visit and preliminary report….. affirm that the past eighteen months have encompassed a significant period in the life of the College. It was my honor and great pleasure to lead the College during this important period, and to be part of the accomplishments we celebrate together.

The present and future of the College of Engineering and Computer Science are indeed bright. As we look ahead to a new chapter, I want to again thank you for your support and extend my best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016.

Happy Holidays!

Neslihan Alp, Ph.D., P.E.
Interim Dean


Dr. Alp has been selected as one of the Honorees by Girls Inc. for the Twelfth Annual UnBought & UnBossed AwardsAnchor 

girlsincGirls Inc. has announced the women selected to be honored at the twelfth annual UnBought and UnBossed Awards luncheon. Named for the phrase coined by Shirley Chisholm during her historic run for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination, the UnBought & UnBossed Awards honor local women who through their career achievement and/or community involvement, have made a significant impact on the lives of women and girls. Community members submit nominations of women residing in Hamilton County. The honorees are chosen by the middle and high school-aged girls participating in Girls Inc.'s Women History Project.

One important aspect of the selection process is the anonymity of the nominees.  During the review by the young women, the nominees’ credentials, personal references, and other identifiers are  removed.  The young women are asked to select the woman who best represents the outstanding qualities of achievement, leadership, and service to others, and from whom they would most desire to learn as mentor and role model.  Dr. Alp was selected by Komal Patri, an eighth grader at Girls Preparatory School.

Dr. Alp is one of nine outstanding women who will be honored at the Annual UnBought & UnBossed Awards luncheon to be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.


IEEE Power and Energy Society Plus Initiative Scholarship AwardsAnchor

iees-scholarshipElectrical students, Douglas Jensen, David Pitts and Karlee Winkelman were selected recipients of scholarships awarded by IEEE Power and Energy Society Plus Initiative. Congratulations to these outstanding students and their faculty mentors!


CECS Holiday PartyAnchor 
holidayOur Holiday party was held on December 1st. It was a potluck event so there were many different kinds of delicious food represented. Thanks to all who came – what a great way to kick off the Holiday season and thank Dr. Alp for the 18 months that she has served as the Interim Dean of the College.


Coffee with the Chancellor on December 2, 2015Anchor 

coffeeThe December 2nd Coffee with the Chancellor Event was hosted by the College of Engineering and Computer Science and held in the Maytag Room. Turnout was great and there was meaningful conversation between faculty, staff , students and Chancellor Angle. Thanks to everyone who attended! 


Order of the Engineer CeremonyAnchor 

OOEThe fall Order of the Engineer Ceremony was held Monday, November 30, 2015 with induction of the following seventeen students:

  • Andrew Jared Boring, major Electrical Engineering
  • Courtney Laine Branson, major Civil Engineering
  • Bethany Lauren Griffin, major Civil Engineering
  • Ted J. Hope III, major Mechanical Engineering
  • Kpange David Kaitibi, major Electrical Engineering
  • Adam Kephart, major Chemical Engineering
  • John Patrick Konvalinka Jr., major Chemical Engineering
  • Mark Lawrence, major Mechanical Engineering
  • Brandon Keith Lewis, major Mechanical Engineering
  • Tyler McNeil Mabry, major General Engineering: Nuclear Engineering Concentration
  • Michael McDonald, major Mechanical Engineering
  • Faraz Rafipour, major Mechanical Engineering
  • Holley Schumpert, major Chemical Engineering
  • Tyler Drew Shadrick, major Mechanical Engineering
  • Jason Heath Stewart, major Mechanical Engineering
  • Tre Deon Williams, major Computer Engineering
  • Michael Stephen Alexander Young, major Mechanical Engineering and General Engineering: Nuclear Engineering Concentration

Induction into the Order is offered to all those graduating with degrees in engineering. The ceremony is held prior to the University’s commencement exercises, and focuses on affirmation of professionalism and ethics in engineering. 
Congratulations to College’s newest members of Order of the Engineer!


SimCenter Seminar SeriesAnchor 

The SimCenter is expanding its outreach to the campus and the extended community it serves by establishing a Speakers Series. The Series is designed to bring to campus outstanding scientists, researchers, and scholars for presentations of interest to students, faculty, staff, College partners, and others. The presentations are offered at no charge and are open to the public.

The next seminar in the SimCenter series will be given by Dr. Jeremy C. Smith, Governor's Chair and Director, University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Center for Molecular Biophysics. The presentation entitled "Computer Simulation for Renewable Energy, the Environment and Drug Design" will take place on Thursday, January 21, 2016, 10-11am in the Raccoon Room at the University Center.

Dr. Smith will be available after lunch to meet with faculty and students. If you are interested in discussing research with Dr. Smith, please contact Reinhold Mann at, and we will try to schedule some time for you.


IEEE Robotics Competitions in December 2015 and January 2016Anchor 

first-robbticsThe Electrical Engineering Department with efforts coordinated by Dr. Abdul Ofoli and Professor Richard Manning with sponsorship by TVA continue to expand the College’s involvement with area teachers and students in important robotics education and competition. This month and in January, 2016, the College will serve as venue, and sponsor for two IEEE Robotics Competitions which focus on science and technology offerings for elementary and middle school youth and their teachers.

2015 UTC Service Awards for CECS Faculty and Staff 

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CECS Welcomes Dr. Daniel PackAnchor 

dr paclA renowned expert in robotics, computer vision, and unmanned systems, Dr. Daniel Pack has accepted the position of Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He will begin his tenure here at the University in January.  Read More...


Dr. Neslihan Alp, Department Head Engineering Management and Technology and Director of Graduate StudiesAnchor 

Dr. Alp will be rejoining the Engineering Management and Technology Department effective January 1. She will also resume her responsibilities as Department Head of Engineering Management and Technology and Director of Graduate Studies for the College. Her office is located in EMCS 326D where she welcomes you to stop by. She can still be reached by phone at 423-425 4032 and by email at