Chattanooga Engineers Club

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  • 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 (

  • 27 Jan 2020 7:02 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    TN Valley Robotics Squared Away Tournament was held on January 18 at Volkswagen Chattanooga Conference Center with more than 40 teams / 500 students participating.

    Award recipients:

    Elementary School Excellence Award - Farragut Fleet

    Middle School Excellence Award - CSLA Eaglets

    Teamwork Champions - Bacon & Eggs; CSLA Eaglets

    Teamwork 2nd Place - CSLA RoboMechanics; CSLA Cyber Eagles

    Robot Skill Champion - CSLA Eagles

    Robot Skill 2nd Place - CSLA RoboMechanics

    Design Award - CSLA RoboMechanics

    Teams will compete at the state level in Brentwood, Tennessee.  The state champion will go to the world competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • 24 Jan 2020 6:54 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

    Thanks to all the partner organizations, ASCE, ASME, CRMA, AGC, IEEE, CEC, TSPE, SWE ...E Week 2020 will again celebrate Chattanooga region's engineers and engineering achievements.

    Chattanooga area engineers have been celebrating Engineers Week (or E-Week at it is generally termed) since the event was established in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. It is celebrated throughout the country by some 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. In 1960 the Chattanooga Engineers Club officially recognized E-week by bestowing the awards of “Engineer of the Year” and “Engineer of the Decade”. These were intended to honer local engineers for their unselfish devotion to public service. Since then, the Club expanded the scope to include “People to People”, “Young Engineer of the Year” and “Technician of the Year” awards. These awards are presented at the annual Awards Banquet that includes a presentation by a prominent speaker on timely topics relevant to the engineering and technical community.

    Please volunteer at various STEM activities supported by Chattanooga E Week and attend E Week Kickoff Luncheon on Feb 17 at UTC, and E Week Award Banquet on Feb 20 at the Downtown Marriott.

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