Chattanooga Engineers Club

Upcoming events

    • 12 Dec 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • 63 East Main St., Chattanooga TN
    • 31

    CEC Joint Lunch Meeting with AIA Chattanooga


    Cummins Falls State Park Visitor Center Project

    Tinker Ma was tasked to design a new visitor center for Cummins Falls State Park. The design for this state-of-the-art facility draws heavily on the vernacular buildings found in the region. Modern technology such as insulating concrete forms, solar power and solar hot water systems are beautifully married to a natural and historic material palette of stone, timber and Corten steel.

    The building houses interpretive exhibits, a snack bar, dining space, an event hall, offices, conference space and ancillary spaces. The project also includes significant outdoor spaces for groups to gather and for park ranger presentations.


    Thomas PalmerPrincipal / Design Director at Tinker Ma, LLC

    Mr. Palmer studied pre-engineering, then completed his bachelor's degree in Architecture from Auburn University.  He has completed many customized, sustainable design for a wide range of clients.  His specialties: Commercial, Urban Design, Custom Residential, Hospitality, Food and Beverage, Multi-Family Housing, Higher Education, Institutional, Historic Preservation, Breweries, Distilleries and more.  He has worked with other architects, engineers, project owners and contractors producing LEED certified projects since 2003.

    The visitor center project was nominated for BRIC award in 2021.   Building Recognition in Chattanooga Awards will return in 2023.  Jim Williamson will join us to provide updates on the award process.

    About Tinker Ma

    Tinker Ma is a Chattanooga architecture and design firm stewarding sustainable community enhancement through creativity, professional leadership, and technical expertise.

    Partners, Thomas Palmer, Craig Peavy, Jessica Stack, and Trey Wheeler lead a team of 16 architects and designers. Our collective portfolio encompasses a broad range of project types and users, including hospitality; urban design and placemaking; education; healthcare; multi-family housing; food and beverage; state and local government; retail and entertainment; technical and industrial; and custom, single-family residential projects.

    About Cummins Fall State Park

    Cummins Falls State Park is an idyllic, but rugged, 306-acre day-use park located nine miles north of Cookeville on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River on the Eastern Highland Rim. Located in the Cordell Hull Watershed, the area has been a scenic spot and swimming hole for local residents of Jackson and Putnam counties for more than 100 years. Cummins Falls is Tennessee’s eighth largest waterfall in volume of water and is 75 feet high. 

    • 9 Jan 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • TDOT Chattanooga

    CEC Joint Lunch Meeting

    with ACEC, ASCE, ASQ and TSPE 

    Chattanooga Engineers Club will kick-off 2023 with installation of new officers and a joint meeting with several partners.


    Joe Deering, Assistant Chief Engineer of TDOT Region 2

    Counties that make up Region 2

    Polk • Marion • Franklin • Coffee • White • Hamilton • Rhea • Warren • Clay • Fentress • Cumberland • McMinn • Overton • Putnam • Bledsoe • Grundy • DeKalb • Bradley • Jackson • Meigs • Cannon • Van Buren • Pickett • Sequatchie

    We have seen and will see many projects in the region, US 27 reconstruction in Downtown Chattanooga, US 64 bridge replacement and Corridor K, I 24 bridge replacement and interchanges, state route 30, state route 52 and corridor J, state route 56, state route 101 and 317.  Mr. Deering will talk about projects completed and in progress and what will happen in 2023.

    • 23 Jan 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • 150 Greenway Blvd., Dayton, TN 37321

    CEC Plant Tour

    Monday, Jan 23, 2023

    12:00 noon

    Joint Meeting with ASME, CRMA and Chattanooga Area Chamber's International Business Council

    Nokian Tyres broke ground on its $360 million manufacturing facility in Dayton, Tennessee in 2017 marking the start of the building work of their third factory. The new plant serves customers across the United States and Canada, concentrating on the production of North American-specific car and light truck all-season tires.

    Nokian Tyres also has production plants in Finland and Russia. The company has headquarters in Nokia, Finland.  With production started in 2020, the newest plant had release capacity from other factories to serve other growth markets, and now more critical due to stopped production at its Russian plant.

    David Korda, Civil Engineer, who was the construction project lead, now plant manager, and Blake Markham, Director of Human Resource will lead our tour and share the plant operation updates with us.

Past events

16 Nov 2022 TNCN - China Town Hall with UTK
25 Jul 2022 CEC tour - TVA Raccoon Mountain Pumped-Storage Plant
27 Jun 2022 CEC tour - Chickamauga Lock (registration due 6/10!)
13 Jun 2022 CEC - Engineers Day on the Hill
23 May 2022 CEC - Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and Overview
9 May 2022 CEC - Concrete Protection Applications
25 Apr 2022 CEC tour - Chambers Welding & Fabrication
11 Apr 2022 CEC - Investigating Concrete Deterioration: Calcium Oxychloride Formation
28 Mar 2022 CEC - UT Chattanooga Power Labs tour
14 Mar 2022 CEC - Building a Smarter Grid: ORNL EPB Collaboration
24 Jan 2022 CEC Tour - ATN Hoelzel
6 Dec 2021 CEC - TVA Solar Generation Integration Lessons Learned
8 Nov 2021 CEC - Updates from TN Valley Robotics
28 Sep 2021 CEC - U.S.S. Chattanooga
13 Sep 2021 CEC - Chickamauga Lock Project Update
23 Aug 2021 CEC - A Smart Bridge in Tennessee
9 Aug 2021 CEC - Bryan College's Vogel School of Engineering
26 Jul 2021 CEC - Skytec's Remote Monitoring Technology
28 Jun 2021 UT Chattanooga Solar Splash Competition in 2021
14 Jun 2021 CEC Meeting - TDOT Region 2 Updates
24 May 2021 CEC - Chickamauga Dam: Bigger Every Day
10 May 2021 CEC meeting - TVA CADNet
26 Apr 2021 CEC tour - Showcasing Valmont During National Welding Month
12 Apr 2021 CEC meeting - Nokian Tyres
22 Mar 2021 CEC Virtual Tour of ORNL
10 Mar 2021 green|spaces- All about EVs with TVA
5 Feb 2021 CEC virtual tour - TVA Sequoyah Nuclear Plant
25 Jan 2021 CEC - Site Improvement Projects and Sustainability Initiatives at La-Z-Boy
11 Jan 2021 CEC - Preserving the Cradle of Southern Appalachia
14 Sep 2020 CEC online meeting - 3D Scanning Technology
24 Aug 2020 CEC virtual tour - Tennessee American Water
27 Jul 2020 CEC tour - PlainView LED
13 Jul 2020 CEC online program (RSVP required)- Problem Solving through Mastery Learning
29 Jun 2020 CEC Tour - Southern Spear & Ironworks
8 Jun 2020 CEC online meeting - Essential Communication Skills During Times of Uncertainty
11 May 2020 CEC online meeting - Internal Erosion Remediation and Dam Safety
27 Apr 2020 CEC Virtual Tour - Welding Innovation & Entrepreneur
13 Apr 2020 CEC online meeting- Feasibility Study of Concussion Rehabilitation using Virtual Reality (VR)
9 Mar 2020 CEC-Monitoring and Mapping Urban Underground Infrastructure
10 Feb 2020 CEC tour - Skytec LLC
27 Jan 2020 CEC Tour- La-Z-Boy Innovation Center, Dayton TN
13 Jan 2020 CEC- TDOT Projects Update
9 Dec 2019 CEC meeting- Cornerstones, Preserving Historical Sites
11 Nov 2019 CEC meeting - Drone Application to Detect Cracks in Structures
21 Oct 2019 CANCELLED!! Tour of Southtree Digital Media
4 Oct 2019 MFGDay - Southern Champion Tray tour
4 Oct 2019 MFGDay - Roadtec tour
23 Sep 2019 CEC Tour of Brainerd High School
9 Sep 2019 CEC meeting- Chattanooga's Big Dig Project
26 Aug 2019 CEC Tour, Mon Aug 26- Control Room of Wasterwater Treatment Plant
12 Aug 2019 CEC meeting- Assistive Technology
22 Jul 2019 CEC Tour - M&M Industries
8 Jul 2019 CEC meeting- Utilizing Blockchain Technology in E-presciption and Drug Monitoring Service
19 Jun 2019 Lunch and Learn Overview of the Benefits and Methods of Lean Six Sigma
27 May 2019 CEC- no Tour on Memorial Day
13 May 2019 CEC meeting- ChSCC Engineering System Technology track
22 Apr 2019 CEC TOUR- United Enertech
8 Apr 2019 CEC/SWE meeting - ACE Mentor Program and BRIC Awards
25 Mar 2019 CEC TOUR of Erlanger Energy center, Mon Mar 25, 11:30a
11 Feb 2019 A New Engineering School - Bryan College
21 Jan 2019 CEC TOUR- Ardent Mills Factory, Mon Jan 21 at noon
7 Jan 2019 CEC meeting- Full Depth Reclamation on Asphalt Pavements
10 Dec 2018 CEC/ASME- Interpreting Centrifugal Pump Performance Curves
3 Dec 2018 CEC- no meeting today
26 Nov 2018 CEC- no meeting today
19 Nov 2018 CEC- no meeting today
12 Nov 2018 CEC- TAWC Project with Kurt Stafford
5 Nov 2018 CEC- no meeting today
29 Oct 2018 CEC- no meeting today
22 Oct 2018 CEC meeting- Coming Soon To A Watershed Near You!
8 Oct 2018 CEC- no Engineers Club meeting today
1 Oct 2018 CEC- no meeting today
24 Sep 2018 CEC TOUR- Chattanooga Prep
10 Sep 2018 CEC meeting- Manufacture & Engineering of Flour Products
3 Sep 2018 Labor Day - no meetings
27 Aug 2018 CEC TOUR- Chickamauga Lock- reservations closed **see safety requirements**
13 Aug 2018 CEC meeting- TDOT Projects Update (at VW, RSVP)
6 Aug 2018 CEC- no meeting today
30 Jul 2018 CEC- no meeting today
23 Jul 2018 CEC TOUR - Branch Technology (New Location)
9 Jul 2018 CEC Meeting - The Evolution of Environmental Engineering in the Military
25 Jun 2018 CEC TOUR - Sim Center
18 Jun 2018 CEC- no meeting today
11 Jun 2018 CEC meeting- Engineering Ethics in Action
4 Jun 2018 CEC- no meeting today
28 May 2018 Memorial Day - no events
21 May 2018 CEC- no meeting today
14 May 2018 CEC meeting- HCDE Future Ready Institute
7 May 2018 CEC- no Engineers Club meeting today
30 Apr 2018 CEC- no Engineers Club meeting today
23 Apr 2018 CEC TOUR- Mon, Apr 23 at noon, TJ Snow
16 Apr 2018 CEC- no meeting today
9 Apr 2018 CEC- Erlanger Energy Plant, Ben Edgar & John Loetscher
2 Apr 2018 CEC- no meeting today
26 Mar 2018 CEC Tour - Victory Sign Industries
19 Mar 2018 CEC- no meeting
12 Mar 2018 Chattanooga Green Prix
26 Feb 2018 CEC TOUR at 12:30pm- Tennessee Rand [RSVP for lunch]
19 Feb 2018 National Engineers Week Luncheon with Tom Kline [RSVP]
12 Feb 2018 CEC- Murray County Inland Port, Illya Copeland
5 Feb 2018 CEC- no meeting
29 Jan 2018 CEC- no meeting
15 Jan 2018 CEC- no meeting
8 Jan 2018 CEC+ChaTech+IEEE- International Maritime Security Associates
1 Jan 2018 CEC- no meeting
11 Dec 2017 CEC- Reflect & Anticipate, Club results & resolve
6 Dec 2017 CEC- Joint meeting with ASHRAE [RSVP for Lunch]
4 Dec 2017 CEC- no meeting Monday, see Wednesday
13 Nov 2017 CEC meeting- Silicon Metal Production for Photovoltaics, Johan Grobbelaar
7 Nov 2017 CEC- Officers meeting
23 Oct 2017 CEC- TOUR at Woodbridge Foam [Registration requested]
9 Oct 2017 CEC meeting- NW GA Bikeway & Pedestrian Routes, Terry Reynolds,
2 Oct 2017 CEC meeting- STEP-UP Chattanooga, Dr. Jeff Rector
25 Sep 2017 CEC meeting- Redesign of Historic East Lake Park, Mo Minkara & David Mason
11 Sep 2017 CEC- 3D Printing for Reactor Refueling Training, Robert Temple, Westinghouse
4 Sep 2017 LABOR DAY - no meeting
28 Aug 2017 TOUR: Davron Technologies, Inc., Ron Speicher, Chairman & CEO, and Stephen Snyder, Mechanical Engineer
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