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 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 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 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.