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.
Hi! My name is Austin W. Boswell. I grew up in Northern Texas before moving to the beautiful country side of East Tennessee. I began my academic career at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in fall of 2015 to study Chemical Engineering with an Environmental concentration. Although the younger me never planned on majoring in the field I am in, I knew I had a passion for math and science, along with a general curiosity of learning about things and improving them when possible. This passion led me to my chosen degree field, and I haven’t had a second thought about it since.
The close location to downtown and being just minutes away from the Tennessee River and Chickamauga lake made my decision to join UTC as easy as could be. Although I initially knew that life outside the college would be unmatched, I did not know that my time spent with the college would come mean so much to me. Within weeks of my first semester I began to feel right at home. I was able to meet amazing friends and maybe more surprisingly, an amazing faculty and staff. As time went on I began to see why everyone else joined UTC as well, whether it be due to the small class sizes, personal care and attention given to each student, or just the beautiful campus that flourishes with activities. My time here has seemed short lived, but I know the memories I have made will go on with me forever.
Hi! My name’s Madison and I’m a junior in Engineering Technology Management. I chose UTC because the minute I stepped on campus, I had the feeling that this was a community that cared about its students—about them personally as well as their academic goals. Two years have passed, and I haven’t been proven wrong yet. The College of Engineering and Computer Science takes that sentiment to heart, and it has built a community that truly wants to see each student succeed. This is what makes me proud to be a student here, at UTC and in CECS, and a CECS ambassador.
After considering everything from music to marketing, I chose engineering because I wanted to learn how to solve problems, and I knew engineering would give me the toolbox I needed. Eventually, I pivoted to Engineering Management, because I felt like there was something I was missing—something I found when I started studying the business side of engineering. To me, this combines the best of both worlds, and it’s incredibly satisfying to see a process to run as efficiently as possible. After graduation and graduate school, I plan to pursue a career in solving environmental issues.
My name is Olivia George, and I am a senior chemical engineering major from Maryville, TN. My favorite thing about UTC is Chattanooga - I love the size of the city and the accessibility of everything outdoors!
Hi, I am Rachael Hendrix. I am a senior in Construction Management. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and came to Chattanooga to visit family on holidays. We would visit downtown, and I fell in love with the architecture and history of Chattanooga. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a construction majors dream. It is where new and old structures unite.
My hobbies are painting, cooking, camping, and hiking. As a student, you can cook anywhere, but to find a good hiking trail can be difficult. Chattanooga is filled with hiking trails with views that will blow you away. I love Chattanooga and my school. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.
Hello there! My name is Keith Hollingsworth and I’m majoring in Computer Science with a focus in Data Science. I enjoy travelling, knitting, baking, running, and talking to people.
My journey through college has felt pretty long, from changing my major to transferring from Middle Tennessee State University and some life events that led to a year-long hiatus from school. Since transferring to UTC, I’ve gotten more involved in extracurricular activities such as undergraduate research and student ambassadorship. One thing that’s really helped me with getting these opportunities is my disposition for social interaction. I am relatively comfortable in the college because of its small size, allowing me to build good relationships with faculty and staff. These relationships have helped me grow interpersonally and professionally, something that I hope will benefit me when I graduate. I don’t have any real idea of what I want to do with my degree but work with data, specifically in machine and deep learning.
My name is Caroline Meacham and I am studying civil engineering. Why did I chose civil engineering ,you ask? Well, like most of my peers, I have always been drawn toward math and enjoy the idea of bringing a concept or design to fruition. In addition to this, I have always taken an interest in buildings, bridges, and architecture. When entering college, I knew I liked engineering but talked myself out of majoring in it to explore other possible career paths. In the spring semester of freshmen year, I declared civil engineering and knew it was the right choice and have not looked back since. I became an ambassador to have to chance to talk to prospective students, like I once was, and to get more involved in the college.
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 Jeremiah-Roland@mocs.utc.edu
Hey Y’all! My name is Savannah Wexler and I am from Johnson City, TN. I am a senior Civil Engineering Major and I LOVE UTC!! My journey as an engineering major is unlike many others as I started college as a communications major and quickly realized english classes were so not for me! One day during my freshman year, I walked into what I thought then was the scary engineering building and went into some random professors office, (honestly he was the nicest guy in the world) so I asked what I could do with an engineering degree. When he listed probably 500 things I realized this was the place me! Since that day almost four years ago I have never regretted my decision. UTC’s engineering college and just UTC in general has some of the nicest teachers and faculty that truly want you to succeed. This college has allowed me to fully exceed my college expectations while obtaining an amazing degree. I have gotten to travel around Asia while interning at one of the top 10 engineering research institutions in the world, I have got to mentor younger engineering students, take place in hand’s on learning opportunities in the classroom that truly make your resume stand out and I have got to become great friends with some of the nicest people, that I would never have met if I hadn’t joined this college. UTC CECS is truly home to so many people and I hope one day you get to call this place your home as well.
My name is Chantz Yanagida and I am a senior in mechanical engineering. I am a native ‘Noogan, and I graduated from Hixson High School. There have been a plethora of opportunities that I’ve been able to seize over the last few years. I found my passion for 3D printing my sophomore year, when I got to do research under Dr. Louie Elliott for the parameterization of 3D printed parts. I have also been honored to serve as president of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, where I was given the opportunity to fly out to Denver, CO to represent our chapter at the National Conference. I am in the process of honing my business, which is servicing the Hamilton County VW eLabs’ equipment. It has been fantastic being able to serve my community, by playing a role in advancing STEAM education in K-12 schools. It is my hope to stay in Chattanooga and operate my business for the next few years following my graduation.