Current Student Ambassadors

The following are our current CECS Student Ambassadors. If you have any questions or need assistance, please ask any one of them and they will help you out.


Student Ambassador Allison AndersAllison Anders

Hi! My name is Allison Anders, and I am studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry. I grew up in Ooltewah, Tennessee, and started my engineering endeavors at a private school close to home. But when it came time to move on to bigger and better things, I decided to follow my father's footsteps as he is a UTC Engineering alumnus. I have him to thank for piquing my interest in the field of engineering.

From a young age, I've gone to engineering conferences all over the world with him, even as far as South Africa. Let me just say 15 hour flights aren't fun. But when the jetlag finally subsided, I was privileged to see just what a difference engineering can make. Seeing the electricity crisis and then hearing the solutions provided by different engineers instilled me with a passion to someday make a contribution to this profession. Right now I'm working towards understanding in what way I want to make my contribution, yet I know engineering will allow me to have a wide range of opportunities. I am thankful to all the people who have helped me reach this point in my education, and I look forward to helping others reach their goals!

Student Ambassador Kile Clark

Kile Clark

My name is Kile Clark, I am a senior in mechanical engineering and I am from Cleveland, Tennessee. I always knew I wanted to be an engineer, and the more time I spent working in shops the more I knew mechanical engineering was for me. Once I got to UTC and saw the many opportunities for involvement I quickly found my place. I joined our Baja club and served as the president last year. I plan to work in manufacturing, mainly process improvement, after I
graduate. In my years at UTC, I am have really taken to this amazing city and the community the university has to offer. CECS has allowed me to meet a wealth of people and has offered great opportunities for me and fellow students.

Student Ambassador Alissa Coleman

Alissa Coleman

Hello, my name is Alissa Coleman and I am a Senior majoring in Electrical Engineering and minoring in Mathematics. I am from Central Florida and have lived in the Chattanooga area for 13 years. Being a CECS student means working hard and being willing to sacrifice for a well invested future. My sacrifices have influenced me to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in EE and continue with a Master’s degree in aerospace design.

My father was one of the first 3 pilots chosen to fly for UPS when the company began, so he instilled a strong passion for aerospace technology in me. I have already had many technical opportunities here at UTC such as interning at TVA and as being the current Vice President of 2D-3D Printing group on campus. I have also gotten the opportunity to live in Japan for one academic school year to learn Japanese as a business language.

Through these experiences, I have learned that diversity and a willingness to learn new and unconventional means of accomplishing your goals is key to becoming a well rounded and educated individual. After graduation, it is my desire to find a career working with 3D metal printing for companies like Aerotech and Boeing or working with integrated SDR systems.

Student Ambassador Michael Coleman

Michael Coleman

Hello, my name is Michael Coleman and I am a senior in Chemical Engineering. I am from Murfreesboro, Tennessee and I have wanted to be an engineer since middle school and my high school curriculum reinforced my decision to be an engineer.

UTC has provided many opportunities for me to grow in my professional and academic career. I was able to use what I have learned inside the classroom to obtain internships. These experiences along with classroom knowledge has been beneficial. I have also been able to pursue a passion in research and it has allowed me to refine what I want to do in my career. The CECS program has allowed me to network with students and professors alike to work together and achieve more.

Student Ambassador Chance Dawson

Chance Dawson

Hi, my name is Chance Dawson and I am a senior in Chemical Engineering. I grew up in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, and enjoyed both chemistry and engineering throughout my high school career, which led me to purse a degree in Chemical Engineering. UTC has many opportunities for its students to be active and involved with meaningful projects, which helps and positively reinforces the learning experience. As an active member of UTC’s Chem-E-Car team, I have made a lot of great friends and experienced once-in-a lifetime opportunities that have helped me grow both personally and professionally, all while learning new and practical information, reinforcing classroom knowledge, and working in a team environment to try to win an engineering competition. My great experiences as a CECS student have further reinforced my choice to major in Chemical Engineering, and I do not regret it at all! After graduation, I plan on finding an industrial job and later continuing my education.

Student Ambassador Michael Dennis

Michael Dennis

My name is Michael Dennis and I am a Senior in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Power. As a student who decided to pursue an education later in life, I can tell you how the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga helped make this possible.

Having had no schooling in over a decade, I enrolled at this University with aspirations of becoming an Engineer, but was very fearful of failure and wasting time/money invested into my education. I do not consider myself someone who is naturally gifted in academics, but rather someone who works hard and is committed to a cause. The willingness of the professors to help when challenges arose, opportunities provided by UTC and the student culture have been more than enough to secure my success as an Engineering student. The friendships and professional connections I have made over the last 3 years are priceless. I’m sure, that after many years of working in the industry as an engineer, I will look back on my time spent at UTC and be thankful for everyone who helped make my dream come true. 


Student Ambassador Dylan Ford

Dylan Ford

I live outside of Collegedale, TN and attended Collegedale Academy for high school. I have lived in the Chattanooga area my whole life and started college at Southern Adventist University where I was apart of their gymnastics team. I have working as a general contractor assistant, janitor, and taking care of lawns. Upon doing some reflection, I realized I love problem solving and working with my hands. After job shadowing a family friend, I decided that mechanical engineering was what I wanted to major in and as a result I transferred to UTC. I recently proposed to the most amazing girl I know, and I am looking forward to marrying her this summer. Together we love backpacking, rock climbing, scuba diving, and gymnastics. Some goals of mine are to design outdoor equipment, be a loving husband, and backpack 96 miles across the entire Wind River Range in Wyoming.

Student Ambassador Gabby Fowler

Gabby Fowler

My name is Gabby Fowler and I am a Chemical Engineering major. When I originally entered college, I began as a chemistry major who was unsure with what I would want to do when I graduated. As I searched for the perfect career, I decided that a good place to start would be to expand my horizons and get a degree in Chemical Engineering. By doing this, my eyes were opened to a whole world of opportunities. After graduation, I plan on continuing my education onto a Master’s degree in medical physics and becoming a Medical Physicist.


I have grown up in Chattanooga and have loved every second of it. I started out at a private school and transferred to UTC when I changed my major. At first, the school seemed overwhelmingly large, but because of the helpful professors and events on campus I soon felt at home.

Student Ambassador Will Leamon

Will Leamon

Hello, my name is is William Leamon and I am a current senior from New Jersey. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  My educational journey began in another field, and it took some time to find the right path for me. I can relate to those who are unsure of what they want to do.  I am a proud member of the UTC RacingMocs where we design a off-road vehicle that complies with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). I am grateful that I found the right fit here at UTC CECS!

Student Ambassador Mark Merritt

Mark Merritt

My name is Mark Merritt, and I graduate from UTC in the spring of 2020. I am majoring in Electrical Engineering because I love everything that has to do with renewable energy and smart grid technology. I love learning and being apart of a university that promotes the growth of their engineering students. The professors are very helpful and embrace an open door policy where questions become answers and answers provoke more ideas. I have learned and grown more as a professional during my time as a UTC student, than any other previous period of my life.

Being that electrical engineering is a broad program. UTC has allowed me to connect with like minded individuals from different backgrounds that want to achieve a similar goal. Through collaboration, the diverse  EE student body learn from each other and develop new ideas. UTC has exposed me to new problems and new opportunities to solve them. This experience has provided me with the necessary tools to excel in any future endeavor through my communication skills and on the ability to work with people from other countries and cultures.

Student Ambassador Jeremy RolandJeremy Roland

Hi, my name is Jeremiah Roland.  I recently joined on as a new ambassador for the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and have quickly risen through the ranks becoming the Ambassador Supreme.  If I had a motto, it would be “efficiency is just clever laziness.”  I try to finish things as quickly and efficiently as possible.  In general though, I’m not a very mature person, but I mask this with my sense of propriety so I can at least pretend to be an adult, which I hear is important.  Fortunately, most of my Computer Science professors say, “if you have a complex program, get a lazy person to do it...they’ll find the quickest and easiest way to get it done.”  Therefore, my laziness isn’t a detriment to my success, which I believe is the key to finding the right career.  Not laziness (if that were the case, everyone would have a job), but finding the right line of study and work that suits your personality.  Here at UTC, there are plenty of people, myself included, who would be happy to help you find what career best suits you.  Feel free to contact me with any questions at

Student Ambassador Christian Sawyer

Christian Sawyer

My name is Christian Sawyer, and I am from Ringgold, Georgia. I graduated from Heritage High School. I am starting my fourth semester at UTC and am beginning my junior year as a civil engineering student with a concentration in environmental engineering. I would like to graduate in four years from UTC and then obtain Master’s degree soon afterwards. Once I graduate, my goal is to find meaningful work. I want to do work that has an impact on the world that I will be able to see and feel. Being here at UTC has been great for me because it is in a wonderful city and everyone extends an invitation to become involved. There is not ever a dull moment, which is a great thing in college. I have no idea where I will end up after college but I know that UTC and Chattanooga will always be home.

Student Ambassador Erin WatsonErin Watson

I’m from Whitwell, Tennessee, and my family has lived there for the past 20 years. We’re right on the river in the middle of a Wildlife Management area, about forty-five minutes from Chattanooga. It’s a bit of a long commute, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything; I love living in the country.

Since I was about 4 years old, I’ve been curious about how things work. Anytime I was unsupervised I would take things apart and see if I could put it back together before my parents noticed. Of course, they caught me most of the time. I moved on to drawing up blueprints and building my own creations. My parents encouraged me to pursue engineering and my dad let me help him remodel our house. I even spent the summer after high school working with a contractor building custom metal light fixtures. I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by people who support my interests and encourage me to pursue my goals.

I’m studying Mechatronics Technology here at UTC and I hope to use my degree in a research and design department for a manufacturing company.