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Chancellor speaks to Rotary Club of Chattanooga

Chancellor Roger Brown recently addressed the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, sharing the good news from UTC.

“As Chattanooga’s campus, we have much to celebrate,” Brown said. “Last year, we marked a 120-year heritage of service to our students and our region—since 1969 as a proud member of the University of Tennessee system…Last fall, UTC recorded its highest overall enrollment figures in history and with a record breaking number of freshmen.”

Brown’s presentation also included these campus achievements:

  • “In the past seven years, UTC has invested more than $200 million in campus construction, including UTC Place Apartments, the Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics Building, and expansion of the University Center. This represents more in capital investment than the initial phases of the Chattanooga’s 21st Century Waterfront development.
  • UT SimCenter at Chattanooga engineers have solved ultra-complex problems, such as modeling the wind flow and direction across the peaks of the Great Smokies in an effort to help prevent defoliation from acid rain and industrial pollution; calculating the ways to lower wind resistance on heavy trucks to cut down the 8% loss of fuel caused by truck and trailer aerodynamics; and the design of the next generation of U.S. Navy destroyers that will have a stealth hull design and such a shallow draft that they will maneuver in far shallower waters than ever before. Watch for this incredible department of scientists, engineers, and graduate students to accomplish even more great applied research outcomes in the not-too-distant future….
  • In a newly formed research consortium, TVA allowed UTC and Advanced Transportation Technology Institute (ATTI) use of its research facility and test track to develop alternative fuels and test electric vehicles. As part of this effort, our College of Engineering recently received a federal grant to develop hydrogen as an alternative fuel for vehicles. The project includes plans for one of the first hydrogen fuel stations in Tennessee to be located near campus.
  • The Princeton Review named the UTC College of Business one of the top two programs in the country for opportunities for women. And just a few weeks ago, BusinessWeek magazine named our business program among the top 100 in the nation, and the top ranking Tennessee program.
  • UTC’s College of Business is accredited by AACSB-International. Of the 3,000 plus business schools in the world, approximately 500 are accredited by AACSB. Likewise, only 167 of the 3,000 accounting programs have received accreditation. UTC’s COB is proud to be among those schools receiving both accreditations from AACSB-International.
  • Our School of Nursing has sent a team of 15 student nurses to Jamaica to bring much-needed health care and health promotion to the developing nation. The trip was sponsored by the Jamaican Ministry of Health.
  • In recognition of its outstanding program, our Teacher Preparation Academy has been named a participant in Teachers for a New Era, a landmark initiative designed to strengthen K-12 teaching by developing state-of-the-art programs at schools of education and spread their best practices across the country. The program is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Annenberg Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.
  • We’ve had Rhodes and Truman Scholars at UTC, and this year, Darris Saylors, a University Honors Student and philosophy major, was chosen our first recipient of the Portz Scholarship by the National Collegiate Honors Council. The Portz Scholarship is awarded to only three students in the country each year. Darris beat out students from schools across the country, including Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. She will attend Harvard next year for graduate school.”
Brown discussed ongoing efforts at the University, which included a major strategic planning initiative that has sought involvement from every member of the campus community as well as participants from off-campus. The University is also in the early stages of a partnership with River City to advance the area of urban planning in the Chattanooga community.

June 15, 2007