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College of Engineering Strategic Plan

BASIC ENGINEERING CHEMICAL ENGINEERING CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING COMPUTER SCIENCE ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CENTER FOR MANUFACTURING RESEARCH CENTER FOR ENERGY SYSTEMS RESEARCH

2020 Destination

chemical engineering civil engineering computer engineering

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

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eminence

computer science electrical engineering engineering technology mechanical engineering

MASTER OF SCIENCE

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

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Revolutionizing Engineering

Message from the Dean

Dear Stakeholder, The College of Engineering at Tennessee Tech University (TTU) has a tradition of excellence and a very strong reputation in graduating individuals sought after by industry because they are job-ready from day one. Our graduates are also highly regarded and recruited by the top U.S. graduate schools including MIT, Georgia Tech, University of Illinois and Yale, to name a few. As the new Dean, I intend to lead the College of Engineering from this position of strength to recapture its position as a preeminent College of Engineering. The faculty, staff, students, administration and alumni, in collaboration with industry and government leaders, developed a shared plan which includes the pathway forward to “2020 Destination → Eminence.” Our vision is “21st Century Renaissance Engineers Revolutionizing Engineering to Solve Societal Problems.” A 21st Century Renaissance Engineer brings innovation to both problem solving and technology that help to make the world a better place to live. We expect TTU to pioneer the graduation of such Renaissance Engineers. These Engineers will go on to be industry leaders, innovative business owners and successful entrepreneurs. They will define the future of their chosen field in the knowledge-driven global economy. Our Renaissance Engineers will display an education that embodies creativity and innovation in addition to technical leadership. They will creatively translate new discoveries from basic scientific research into technological projects, devices, systems and services that benefit society at the state, national and global levels. Our vision is ambitious and exciting. I am confident we will succeed by applying our full energy and working cooperatively. Our core values, ASPIRE to greatness, will guide us towards our goal in making the strategic plan a reality each day. It will take a collaborative effort of our leadership team, outstanding faculty, incredible staff, talented students, our dedicated alumni AND stakeholders like you. I look forward to a deeper partnership with you over this next decade and together achieving the position of eminence.

Joseph J. Rencis

Joseph J. Rencis, P.E., F.ASEE, F.ASME Dean of Engineering and Clay N. Hixson Chair for Engineering Leadership

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Revolu

Professional Leadership

Tech

Our talented faculty and staff provide the scholarly direction for engineering excellence, and our motivated students achieve proven successful results in the workplace.

Our en

GOAL

GOAL THREE

Strat

Strategies:

Passionate anD eFFectiVe stUDent-centeReD FacULtY anD staFF. Attracts and retains a diverse and student-centered highly qualified faculty and staff to support the mission of the college. RecoGnition oF eXceLLence. Recognize and reward faculty and staff for excellence in professional accomplishments and leadership in education, research, and innovation. Passionate anD eFFectiVe stUDent-centeReD teacHeR-scHoLaR FacULtY. Support the faculty in adopting improved pedagogy and new technologies to enhance student success with lifelong learning.

GOAL

Our Co

Strat

GOAL FOUR

The College is nationally recognized for its leadership in education, research and innovation. Strategies:

RecoGnition oF coLLeGe. Establish a marketing and communication plan to enhance the recognition of the leadership of the college in education, research and innovation.

Global Leadership

GOAL FIVE

The College of Engineering achieves global leadership through key partnerships. Strategies:

BencHmaRKinG. identify best practices among peer and aspirational peer engineering colleges for alumni engagement and participation in making the mission reality.

institUtionaL PaRtneRsHiPs. Position the college to be recognized as a valuable partner and intellectual resource for workforce development, research, technology and innovation. aLUmni PaRtneRsHiPs. Develop a culture where students understand the need to give back their time, talent and treasure postgraduation.

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“Scientists study the world that is. Engineers create the world that never has been.” Theodore von Karman

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Technical Leadership

GOAL ONE

Our engineering students learn to solve technological problems that are of societal significance. Strategies:

stUDent-centeReD. Create and foster a student-centered educational paradigm that integrates technical, global and

professional leadership. stUDent sUccess. Leads in the quality and diversity of its student population and in retention and graduation rates.

Vision

21st century Renaissance engineers Revolutionizing engineering to solve societal Problems

Core Values

the college core values underscore and support its vision and mission through its commitment to asPiRe to greatness.

Aim HiGH

We aim for the highest levels of excellence in teaching and scholarship.

GOAL TWO

StUDents FiRst

Our College engages in research and innovation as the vehicle to support the teacher-scholar/student-scholar model. Strategies:

We place the interest of the students first.

FUnDinG ReseaRcH. Increase external research funding to a level that supports the college mission. mission.

PRoFessionaLism

Increase the percent/number of faculty engaged in research to a level that supports the college

We foster high standards of integrity and professionalism.

Increase the percent/number of students (undergraduate, graduate and diversity) engaged in research to a level that meets the college mission.

InnoVation Mission

to graduate innovative engineers who solve technological challenges to meet societal needs.

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We strive continuously for innovations through research to attain excellence in everything we do.

RecoGnition

We recognize efforts that accelerate us towards our vision.

Eminence

We drive towards attaining eminence in engineering education and research.

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1 “If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research, would it?” Albert Einstein

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“If your vision is for one year, plant wheat. If your vision is for ten years, plant trees. If your vision is for a lifetime, plant people.” Chinese Proverb

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Revolutionizing Engineering

Who are 21st Century Renaissance Engineers?

To solve the technological challenges of the 21st century, the world needs engineers with a foundation of technical knowledge strengthened with the skills of research, innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and lifelong learning. We call such engineers, “Renaissance Engineers.” To guide the Tennessee Tech University (TTU) College of Engineering to meet these challenges by educating Renaissance Engineers, we have developed a strategic plan, “2020 Destination → Eminence” and the accompanying Eminence Arrow graphic to illustrate our vision’s key components. A TTU education will provide the Renaissance Engineers the foundation needed to work at the frontiers of research, technology and innovation. The graphic’s outer triangle represents their ability to work at the cusp of unconstrained frontiers. The education and research experiences at the College of Engineering will help students develop innovative technologies to solve societal problems, create new industries and jobs, and make the world a prosperous place. The Renaissance Engineer is prepared for a lifelong career by undergraduate and graduate programs that employ a broad-based three-dimensional model for education and research, illustrated by the technical, professional and global leadership attributes within the middle triangle. Technical Leadership with discipline-specific knowledge, embodies strong problem-solving skills, openended design skills, creativity and the confidence to innovate as common characteristics for all Renaissance Engineers.

A focus on Professional Leadership will create dynamic and agile, yet resilient individuals committed to lifelong learning, an entrepreneurial spirit, interdisciplinary teamwork, excellent communication and high ethical standards. Essential for Renaissance Engineers, Global Leadership will build skills to address the world’s challenges, including National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges, and those needed to succeed in an increasingly diverse world with multi-product platforms and multi-outsourcing options. Transformative learning experiences, including projectbased learning, research, cooperative education, study abroad opportunities and competition-based projects will enrich student learning and personal development. The above multidimensional education will help the TTU College of Engineering progress toward the vision outlined in the inner triangle of the graphic, “21st Century Renaissance Engineers Revolutionizing Engineering.” Our Renaissance Engineers will innovate and create to solve the problems facing the world and make it a better place. With this roadmap as a guide, the College of Engineering will fulfill its mission to “graduate innovative engineers who solve technological challenges to meet societal needs.” Student-centered faculty and staff are committed to helping students have lifelong professional, civic and personal success. We strive to embody President Lincoln’s idea quoted below.

FOCUS AREA 1: Technical Leadership

GoaL one. Our engineering students learn to solve technological problems that are of societal significance. GoaL tWo. Our College engages in research and innovation as the vehicle to support the teacher-scholar/student-scholar model.

FOCUS AREA 2: Professional Leadership

GoaL tHRee. Our talented faculty and staff provide the scholarly direction for engineering excellence, and our motivated students achieve proven successful results in the workplace.

GoaL FoUR. The College is nationally recognized for its leadership in education, research, and innovation.

FOCUS AREA 3: Global Leadership

GoaL FiVe. The College of Engineering achieves global leadership through key partnerships.

Join us in our journey toward revolutionizing engineering education at Tennessee Tech University.

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3 “Education is not given for the purpose of earning a living; it’s learning what to do with a living after you’ve earned it that counts.” Abraham Lincoln

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“Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin

10/23/12 5:53 PM

Revolutionizing Engineering

Revolutionizing Engineering

Who are 21st Century Renaissance Engineers?

To solve the technological challenges of the 21st century, the world needs engineers with a foundation of technical knowledge strengthened with the skills of research, innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and lifelong learning. We call such engineers, “Renaissance Engineers.” To guide the Tennessee Tech University (TTU) College of Engineering to meet these challenges by educating Renaissance Engineers, we have developed a strategic plan, “2020 Destination → Eminence” and the accompanying Eminence Arrow graphic to illustrate our vision’s key components. A TTU education will provide the Renaissance Engineers the foundation needed to work at the frontiers of research, technology and innovation. The graphic’s outer triangle represents their ability to work at the cusp of unconstrained frontiers. The education and research experiences at the College of Engineering will help students develop innovative technologies to solve societal problems, create new industries and jobs, and make the world a prosperous place. The Renaissance Engineer is prepared for a lifelong career by undergraduate and graduate programs that employ a broad-based three-dimensional model for education and research, illustrated by the technical, professional and global leadership attributes within the middle triangle. Technical Leadership with discipline-specific knowledge, embodies strong problem-solving skills, openended design skills, creativity and the confidence to innovate as common characteristics for all Renaissance Engineers.

A focus on Professional Leadership will create dynamic and agile, yet resilient individuals committed to lifelong learning, an entrepreneurial spirit, interdisciplinary teamwork, excellent communication and high ethical standards. Essential for Renaissance Engineers, Global Leadership will build skills to address the world’s challenges, including National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges, and those needed to succeed in an increasingly diverse world with multi-product platforms and multi-outsourcing options. Transformative learning experiences, including projectbased learning, research, cooperative education, study abroad opportunities and competition-based projects will enrich student learning and personal development. The above multidimensional education will help the TTU College of Engineering progress toward the vision outlined in the inner triangle of the graphic, “21st Century Renaissance Engineers Revolutionizing Engineering.” Our Renaissance Engineers will innovate and create to solve the problems facing the world and make it a better place. With this roadmap as a guide, the College of Engineering will fulfill its mission to “graduate innovative engineers who solve technological challenges to meet societal needs.” Student-centered faculty and staff are committed to helping students have lifelong professional, civic and personal success. We strive to embody President Lincoln’s idea quoted below.

FOCUS AREA 1: Technical Leadership

GoaL one. Our engineering students learn to solve technological problems that are of societal significance. GoaL tWo. Our College engages in research and innovation as the vehicle to support the teacher-scholar/student-scholar model.

FOCUS AREA 2: Professional Leadership

GoaL tHRee. Our talented faculty and staff provide the scholarly direction for engineering excellence, and our motivated students achieve proven successful results in the workplace.

GoaL FoUR. The College is nationally recognized for its leadership in education, research, and innovation.

FOCUS AREA 3: Global Leadership

GoaL FiVe. The College of Engineering achieves global leadership through key partnerships.

Join us in our journey toward revolutionizing engineering education at Tennessee Tech University.

2

3 “Education is not given for the purpose of earning a living; it’s learning what to do with a living after you’ve earned it that counts.” Abraham Lincoln

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“Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin

10/23/12 5:53 PM

eering

Revolutionizing Engineering

Revolutionizing Engineering

Technical Leadership

GOAL ONE

Our engineering students learn to solve technological problems that are of societal significance. Strategies:

stUDent-centeReD. Create and foster a student-centered educational paradigm that integrates technical, global and

professional leadership. stUDent sUccess. Leads in the quality and diversity of its student population and in retention and graduation rates.

Vision

21st century Renaissance engineers Revolutionizing engineering to solve societal Problems

Core Values

the college core values underscore and support its vision and mission through its commitment to asPiRe to greatness.

Aim HiGH

We aim for the highest levels of excellence in teaching and scholarship.

GOAL TWO

StUDents FiRst

Our College engages in research and innovation as the vehicle to support the teacher-scholar/student-scholar model. Strategies:

We place the interest of the students first.

FUnDinG ReseaRcH. Increase external research funding to a level that supports the college mission. mission.

PRoFessionaLism

Increase the percent/number of faculty engaged in research to a level that supports the college

We foster high standards of integrity and professionalism.

Increase the percent/number of students (undergraduate, graduate and diversity) engaged in research to a level that meets the college mission.

InnoVation Mission

to graduate innovative engineers who solve technological challenges to meet societal needs.

5

We strive continuously for innovations through research to attain excellence in everything we do.

RecoGnition

We recognize efforts that accelerate us towards our vision.

Eminence

We drive towards attaining eminence in engineering education and research.

4

1 “If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research, would it?” Albert Einstein

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“If your vision is for one year, plant wheat. If your vision is for ten years, plant trees. If your vision is for a lifetime, plant people.” Chinese Proverb

10/23/12 5:53 PM

Revolutionizing Engineering

Message from the Dean

Dear Stakeholder, The College of Engineering at Tennessee Tech University (TTU) has a tradition of excellence and a very strong reputation in graduating individuals sought after by industry because they are job-ready from day one. Our graduates are also highly regarded and recruited by the top U.S. graduate schools including MIT, Georgia Tech, University of Illinois and Yale, to name a few. As the new Dean, I intend to lead the College of Engineering from this position of strength to recapture its position as a preeminent College of Engineering. The faculty, staff, students, administration and alumni, in collaboration with industry and government leaders, developed a shared plan which includes the pathway forward to “2020 Destination → Eminence.” Our vision is “21st Century Renaissance Engineers Revolutionizing Engineering to Solve Societal Problems.” A 21st Century Renaissance Engineer brings innovation to both problem solving and technology that help to make the world a better place to live. We expect TTU to pioneer the graduation of such Renaissance Engineers. These Engineers will go on to be industry leaders, innovative business owners and successful entrepreneurs. They will define the future of their chosen field in the knowledge-driven global economy. Our Renaissance Engineers will display an education that embodies creativity and innovation in addition to technical leadership. They will creatively translate new discoveries from basic scientific research into technological projects, devices, systems and services that benefit society at the state, national and global levels. Our vision is ambitious and exciting. I am confident we will succeed by applying our full energy and working cooperatively. Our core values, ASPIRE to greatness, will guide us towards our goal in making the strategic plan a reality each day. It will take a collaborative effort of our leadership team, outstanding faculty, incredible staff, talented students, our dedicated alumni AND stakeholders like you. I look forward to a deeper partnership with you over this next decade and together achieving the position of eminence.

Joseph J. Rencis

Joseph J. Rencis, P.E., F.ASEE, F.ASME Dean of Engineering and Clay N. Hixson Chair for Engineering Leadership

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

STRATEGICPLAN_BOOKLET_Final.indd 2

Revolu

Professional Leadership

Tech

Our talented faculty and staff provide the scholarly direction for engineering excellence, and our motivated students achieve proven successful results in the workplace.

Our en

GOAL

GOAL THREE

Strat

Strategies:

Passionate anD eFFectiVe stUDent-centeReD FacULtY anD staFF. Attracts and retains a diverse and student-centered highly qualified faculty and staff to support the mission of the college. RecoGnition oF eXceLLence. Recognize and reward faculty and staff for excellence in professional accomplishments and leadership in education, research, and innovation. Passionate anD eFFectiVe stUDent-centeReD teacHeR-scHoLaR FacULtY. Support the faculty in adopting improved pedagogy and new technologies to enhance student success with lifelong learning.

GOAL

Our Co

Strat

GOAL FOUR

The College is nationally recognized for its leadership in education, research and innovation. Strategies:

RecoGnition oF coLLeGe. Establish a marketing and communication plan to enhance the recognition of the leadership of the college in education, research and innovation.

Global Leadership

GOAL FIVE

The College of Engineering achieves global leadership through key partnerships. Strategies:

BencHmaRKinG. identify best practices among peer and aspirational peer engineering colleges for alumni engagement and participation in making the mission reality.

institUtionaL PaRtneRsHiPs. Position the college to be recognized as a valuable partner and intellectual resource for workforce development, research, technology and innovation. aLUmni PaRtneRsHiPs. Develop a culture where students understand the need to give back their time, talent and treasure postgraduation.

5

“Scientists study the world that is. Engineers create the world that never has been.” Theodore von Karman

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College of Engineering Strategic Plan

BASIC ENGINEERING CHEMICAL ENGINEERING CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING COMPUTER SCIENCE ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CENTER FOR MANUFACTURING RESEARCH CENTER FOR ENERGY SYSTEMS RESEARCH

coLLeGe oF enGineeRinG 1010 north Peachtree avenue cookeville, tennessee 38505-0001 931-372-3172 tntech.edu/engineering

2020 Destination

chemical engineering civil engineering computer engineering

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

eminence

computer science electrical engineering engineering technology mechanical engineering

MASTER OF SCIENCE

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

This booklet was produced by the College of Engineering. Tennessee Tech University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its program and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of Diversity & Legal Affairs, PO Box 5164, Cookeville, TN 38505, 931-372-3016. RO64-OCV-13.

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