The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


UTC receives $1.8 million in federal support

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Interim Chancellor Frederick W. Obear has announced that $1.8 million in federal support has been awarded to the campus.

“These dollars provide significant funding to several critical partnership efforts between this campus and this region,” said Obear. “We are very thankful for the efforts of Congressman Zach Wamp, who has been a faithful and effective friend of this campus. Congressman Wamp shares a vision for this University to be not only an educational leader but also a primary force in technology development in the Tennessee Valley Corridor.”

The UT SimCenter at Chattanooga is slated to receive $1 million to support its team of research faculty and associates. The SimCenter has been called the leading computational engineering research center in the nation. A portion of the new funding will be used to study the dispersion of biological and chemical agents with possible applications in combating bioterrorism.

“The SimCenter has always been involved in research and education, and the support of Congressman Wamp has permitted the center to be of assistance in helping with the economic development of the region and state. This support helps strengthen the University’s efforts to meet is mission as an engaged metropolitan university,” said Dr. Dave Whitfield, UTC professor of computatonal engineering and associate dean of the Graduate School of Computational Engineering.

An additional $400,000 has been secured to continue funding for the Riverbend Technology Institute. The institute assists local entrepreneurs through partnerships with UTC’s Colleges of Business Administration and Engineering and Computer Science. The information sharing and professional training initiative plays a significant role in furthering the Tennessee Valley Corridor effort.

“Continued support for the Riverbend Technology Institute will encourage entrepreneurial activities that spur economic growth and job creation,” said Dr. Ron Bailey, dean of the UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science. “I am pleased that our faculty and students will be able to participate in this program.”

The new funding will be used to implement a fast-track certification program for business executives and government leaders for the purpose of linking technologies to businesses, as well as networking with other corporate and government leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, academicians, and venture capitalists.

“We have already seen a number of Riverbend Institute graduates developing their own businesses, and this funding will enable us to assist even more entrepreneurs, creating new businesses and new jobs for our region,” said Dr. John Schaerer, director of the Riverbend Technology Institute. “This region is fortunate to have a representative in Washington like Zach Wamp who is committed to supporting business development and higher education.”

The Chattanooga Health and Performance Institute (CHPI), a partnership between UTC and a variety of healthcare institutions, will receive $400,000. CHPI supports research and educational initiatives at UTC and the Chattanooga unit of the UT College of Medicine. The institute focuses on best practices in patient treatment and health enhancement.

“The Chattanooga Health and Performance Institute addresses healthcare through an unprecedented alliance of healthcare providers, insurers, and employees and employers, as well as family members. Proactive approaches must be taken and stakeholders must engage each other and work collaboratively,” said Joseph Decosimo, senior partner of Decosimo and Company CPAs and president of CHPI. “We are very thankful to Congressman Wamp for his support of this project that is so vitally important to our community.”

CHPI will use this new federal support to continue study in critical areas such as obesity and obesity-related disorders, sustainable weight control, and disease prevention.

“With these federal dollars UTC faculty and students will be able to explore the leading edge of technology and how that technology can be applied,” said Obear. “This provides for valuable educational and research resources that otherwise would be unavailable to our campus and our community.”