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  • 16 Jan 2021 8:56 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Rhett Bentley, Director of Communications with Thrive Regional Partnership, provided this guest post after a very informative presentation.

    Many thanks to the Chattanooga Engineers Club for inviting us to speak earlier this week! We really appreciated the opportunity to share our work with you and hope that you found it informative and meaningful.

    Cradle of Southern Appalachia

    Our presentation centered around the Cradle of Southern Appalachia initiative, a conservation blueprint for regional livability. This initiative identifies high-value conservation corridors in our region because they contain the ecosystems that sustain our human and natural communities.

    To learn more about this initiative, check out this report

    View the award-winning Cradle of Southern Appalachia map

    Measure what you treasure using the Cradle of Southern Appalachia progress dashboard

    About Thrive Regional Partnership

    Thrive Regional Partnership is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire responsible growth through conversation, connection, and collaboration across the 16-county tri-state greater Chattanooga region. 

    We convene stakeholders across the region to ensure that as we grow in industry, prosperity, and population, we also preserve community and natural character for generations to come. Curious about our process? Check out the How We Thrive video.

    Like many organizations, 2020 looked a bit different for us. See how we advanced our mission last year in this Year in Review video.

    Regarding emissions

    A CEC member asked an excellent question about lowering the dependency on trucks and single driver vehicles. The conversation turned to the reduction of emissions since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. These two satellite images from NASA illustrate NO2 averages in the Southeast. .The first is from March 15-April 15, 2015-2019, the second is from the same timeframe in 2020. What a difference!

  • 5 Jan 2021 10:02 PM | Paul Snyder (Administrator)

    Steve Poteet has been elected at 2021 President. Steve is a Senior Project Manager at HDR where he has worked for over 11 years. Previously he has 30 years of hydro and fossil power experience with TVA. Steve graduated from UTC with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering, is a PE in multiple states, and has been a past chairman of ASME Chattanooga.

    Gabe Kurtz has been elected 2021 Vice President.  Gabe is a Senior Program Manager of NERC Compliance with TVA where he has worked for over 17 years. He graduated from UTC with a BS in Electrical Engineering, earned an MBA from Tennessee Tech, and is a PE in Tennessee. Gabe serves as an EPRI Advisor and a member of Southeast American Power Dispatchers Association and is a member of IEEE. 

    Dr. Richard Manning continues to serve as Treasurer.

    Current officers and past presidents compose our leadership council.  (see Officers)

  • 21 Oct 2020 7:19 PM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Nomination committee consisting of three past presidents, Al Curtis, Harry Hawkins, and Lulu Copeland announced the following:

    Nomination for President – Steve Poteet

    Steve Poteet is a mechanical engineer, a Senior Project Manager at HDR.  HDR is an employee-owned design firm specializing in architecture, engineering, environmental and construction services. Steve has worked for HDR for over 11 years.  He also has 30 years of experience in hydro and fossil power with TVA.  Steve graduated from UTC with both BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. Steve was also chair of ASME Chattanooga.

    Nomination for Vice President – Gabe Kurtz

    Gabe Kurtz, PE, licensed in Tennessee.  Gabe graduated with BS in Electrical Engineering from UTC and MBA from Tennessee Tech.  He is a Senior Program Manager of NERC Compliance with TVA.  He has been with TVA for over 17 years.  Gage is an EPRI Advisor and a member of Southeast American Power Dispatchers Association.  Gabe is a NERC Certified System Operator in Reliability.  Gabe is a member of IEEE.

    The nomination committee will accept additional nominations before December.

    Election will be at the first meeting in December
  • 28 Sep 2020 1:10 PM | Paul Snyder (Administrator)

    We mourn the loss of Terry Reynolds (died Sat. Sep 26)-- a member since 1985, the 1996 CEC President and 1997 recipient of the People-to-People award.  Terry was a faithful supporter of the Engineers Club and passionate about remembering the people and events upon which it was built.  He was a great encourager and many of us are stronger in our jobs and our roles in the club because of Terry.  He will be frequently remembered and missed.

  • 14 Aug 2020 10:24 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    As stipulated in the By-Laws of the Club, the President shall appoint Nominating Committee, consisting of three Past Presidents of the Club, which shall present the report (nominations) in October.

    This week, Grady Stout,  Club's 2020 presidents, appointed Lulu Copeland (2001), Harry Hawkins (2015) and Al Curtis (2019) as members of this year's nominating committee.

    Nominations of the nominating committee shall be made known at the third regular Club meeting prior to the date of election. Additional nominations from the floor shall be called for at this same meeting and at the next regular Club meeting. - Any nominations from the floor must have had the consent of the person nominated that the person will serve if elected. - A floor nomination must be seconded in order to be considered for election.

    Please contact any of the nominating committee members if you are interested in serving the Club.

  • 13 May 2020 10:36 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. In other words, the purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We will spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today.

  • 4 May 2020 1:45 PM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Job Description:


    Responsibilities include control system design, control panel engineering, PLC, HMI, and onsite start-up support of  equipment for the manufacturing industry. 

    Requires excellent analytical and problem-solving skills to be applied in design, programming, and troubleshooting of  manufacturing equipment, and as well as preferred experience with Allen-Bradley (ControlLogix, CompactLogix, PLC5, SLC500), GE (Machine Edition), PanelView Plus HMI’s, Industrial Communication Networks (EthernetIP, profibus, profinet), VFD drives (powerflex 525, powerflex 755) and control panel design is preferred, but not required.  Experience with AutoCAD LT is required.

    This position requires the ability to simultaneously organize and successfully execute multiple project responsibilities. Candidates need to possess good communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with all levels of management, clients, and vendors.

    Travel can be up to 50% of work schedule.


    BS in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineer Technology or equivalent technical degree.

    Interested applicant should submit resume and cover letter to

  • 23 Apr 2020 7:37 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    A new format for an old organization! Due to restriction on public meetings, the Club had its first online program on April 13.  We will host programs online until restrictions are lifted for Chattanooga region.  We may consider hybrid programming for those not able to travel to meetings in the future.  We will need your feedbacks and interest level to invest time and energy.

  • 21 Mar 2020 7:52 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Following the City of Chattanooga and CDC guidelines, and out of an abundance of caution and concern for our members and visitors health, CEC will not hold meetings and tours until further notice. However, we are attempting to arrange some online sessions and will email and post in the usual way as those plans develop. We welcome your suggestions!

  • 5 Feb 2020 8:09 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    The 2020 MATHCOUNTS Chattanooga Competition is scheduled for Saturday February 8th.  This year the competition will be held at the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA).  Signs will guide you to the testing location from the main entrance of the school.  The address is:

                    Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy

                    1802 Bailey Avenue,

                    Chattanooga, TN 37404

    The competition schedule will be as follow: 

    • Registration will start at 8:30 AM.
    • The competition will begin at 9:00 AM.
    • The speed round will begin after lunch at 11:30 PM, and awards will be presented following that competition (All are welcome to attend this exciting portion of the event).
    • The competition should conclude at 12:30 PM.
    TSPE is the sponsor of this annual event, Chattanooga E Week appreciate Jeff Parris coordination for many years.  Please contact Jeff if you wish to volunteer.  All E Week events details are available at the Chattanooga Engineers Week site (

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