Eastman, UT College of Engineering teaming up

Rick Wagner • Jun 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

KNOXVILLE — The "Big E" is giving $2 million to the Vols for engineering.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering and Kingsport-based Eastman Chemical Co. have announced plans to provide for three new professor of practice positions, improve and renovate lab space, and construct a new student lounge.

Eastman's support for the college will total $2 million over five years.

"This is a major commitment between Eastman and our college," Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering, said in a Thursday news release. "Eastman has already shown its willingness to help us improve the facilities and lives of our students and faculty with its funding of the new lab that is going into the Nathan W. Dougherty Engineering Building."

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering; and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are all to be helped in some form.

With Eastman having its global headquarters in East Tennessee and employing UT alumni, an Eastman official said it's no surprise that the company wants to help grow its future workforce.

"Eastman is committed to securing the best and brightest engineering graduates from UT, and the entire region benefits from the economic impact of students graduating with advanced degrees and securing local jobs," said Etta Clark, Eastman's vice president for global public affairs and policy. "When we combine resources it helps both Eastman and UT, resulting in a win for both as well as the state of Tennessee."

For a more in-depth version of this story, see Friday's edition of the Times-News or read the e-edition.

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