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David Guthrie to Speak on Entrepreneurship

David GuthrieDavid Guthrie, a friend of the Heath Integrated Business and Engineering Program, will be speaking to both cohorts on Friday, November 2nd, about entrepreneurship. He has also volunteered his day to work with current students beforehand.

Guthrie has had great success in balancing both technical and business knowledge. He co-founded Medcast, a medical news/information system, and sold it to WebMD in 1997 for $250 million dollars. Then Guthrie started investing in early-stage technology and life science companies. He currently serves as Chief Technology Officer for Guthrie Technology Services, where he relies on his technology and leadership experience to help other companies secure corporate growth.

At 18 months old, Guthrie was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Knowing that his life expectancy date passed long ago, he has made sure that he enjoys his life and uses his time to make an impact. Guthrie is a Knoxville native, graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1990 with a B.S. in Business Management and Information Systems. Further, he recently received the Accomplished Alumni Award in October 2017.

Dr. Jerry Askew Spoke on Opioid Crisis

Dr. Jerry AskewDr. Jerry Askew, President of Alliance for Better Nonprofits (ABN), came to the EF 203 course on Thursday, August 30 to speak to Heath IBEP students about the opioid crisis in the United States.

Since arriving in Knoxville in 1985, Dr. Askew has served as Dean of Students and Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs at the University of Tennessee, President of the East Tennessee Foundation, and Senior Vice President of the St. Mary’s/Mercy Health Systems. Additionally, Dr. Askew has also served on the boards of over 40 nonprofit organizations. He holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MS from the University of Memphis, and PhD from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Askew spoke about possible predictors of opioid addiction and the importance of attacking the root causes. He explained the root causes of opioid addiction to be: assumptions about the right to a pain-free life, direct consumer marketing, false claims from drug companies, over-prescription, lack of alternative therapies, and a cycle of despair. Sascha Richey, a business analytics student in the Heath IBEP, stated that Dr. Askew is “especially concerned with attending to disadvantaged youth, as certain conditions make them more prone to addiction.”

A chemical engineering student in the program, Ben Koester, summarized Dr. Askew’s beliefs on the spiritual struggle that people with addition have by saying: “They need to believe they have something to live for and a reason to live beyond the high. If people don’t believe they can amount to anything or that their situation can change, then why even bother? Drugs are their way of escape”.

Q&A Panel Held on Professional Development

Arconic LogoHiring Managers from Arconic and Leidos participated on a panel Friday, August 24. This panel was an opportunity for students to receive professional development advice from hiring managers on how to network at job fairs, land interviews, and negotiate job/internship offers. This panel came at a great time because students were preparing for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Fall Job Fairs. “The discussion focused primarily on strategies that students could use to make a good impression and succeed in being hired into their desired job or internship” shared Brian Coulter, a student in the 2021 cohort.

 

Leidos Logo“Speaking with hiring managers is hugely beneficial to us as students because it lets us see through the eyes of our judges. We all want a job when we graduate, but in the Heath IBEP we want more than just a job- we want the start in a highly impactful career and that starts from the very first interactions,” expressed Michael Butler, a student in the 2020 cohort, regarding this professional development opportunity. Events like this and the effective resume panel last fall help to prepare students for the job market.

Second Annual Kickoff Event a Success

Bill Eversole Networking Students in the 2021 cohort of the Heath Integrated Business & Engineering Program were invited to attend the Second Annual Kickoff Event, held at Knoxville’s Foundry on the Fair Site on Tuesday, August 21. This event was a chance for the cohort to celebrate their acceptance into the program and have a Q&A panel discussion with two members of the Heath IBEP Steering Committee: Mr. Ralph Heath and Mr. Bill Eversole.

Ralph Heath Receiving Award from ChancellorThe event began with remarks from Heath IBEP Director, Mary Pile, the Interim Dean of Tickle College of Engineering, Dr. Mark Dean, and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies & Student Affairs, Dr. M. Lane Morris. Interim Chancellor, Dr. Wayne Davis, gave the keynote address where he acknowledged the program’s naming and accomplishments from the inaugural cohort. Further, Interim Chancellor Davis presented Mr. Ralph Heath with an Alumni Service Award for his dedication in giving back to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Steering Committee Members on PanelFollowing dinner, students were able to ask the two panelists questions on a variety of topics to include keys to success, work-life balance, and tips for professional development.

Additional photos from the event can be found here.

 

Cohort Participates in Tickle Speed Mentoring

On Thursday, April 5, the Engineering Mentor Program, the WomEngineers Leadership Council, and the college’s Board of Advisors hosted a special speed mentoring event for UT undergraduate engineering students. Students in the Integrated Business and Engineering Program were also invited to participate.

 

Distinguished executives from the college’s Board of Advisors spent time with students, listened to questions, and gave advice. Students sat at tables and interacted one-on-one with each guest, had the opportunity to ask questions about their careers, got tips and advice for entering the profession, and network with top professionals from around the country. 

 

Cohort members were able to reconnect with members of the steering committee like Bill Eversole, Jerry Henry, and Ralph Heath, as well as past guest lecturers like Cavanaugh Mims. This gave the cohort the opportunity to continue their relationships with influential figures in the students’ areas of interest, in addition to encouraging the students to make new connections and promote the program to the Tickle Board of Advisors. 

 

 

Board Approves Naming of UT’s Integrated Business and Engineering Program

Ralph Heath

Ralph Heath

UT’s Integrated Business and Engineering Program (IBEP) will now carry the name of the man who played an instrumental role in its creation.

The university’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the naming of the blended business and engineering program for Ralph Heath, a retired president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Heath, who holds two degrees at UT—a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and an MBA in aerospace and defense—is a member of the advisory boards of both colleges.

The Heath Integrated Business and Engineering Program welcomed its first cohort of students in fall 2017. Each group of students is selected from both the Haslam College of Business and the Tickle College of Engineering through a competitive admissions process. Students in the program spend three years taking classes in business leadership, communications, and process thinking, in addition to other targeted classwork. They participate in site visits, hear guest lectures from industry professionals, and are mentored by alumni. A capstone class, in which the group solves a real-world problem at the intersection of business and engineering, completes the program.

“IBEP graduates will have the necessary technical skills, systems thinking, and business savvy to add real and sustaining value to organizations,” said Heath.

Heath, a longtime supporter of both colleges, saw the need for better communication and understanding between product developers and business leaders during his career. That need, coupled with his vision and generous support from the Heath endowments, led to the establishment of the interdisciplinary program at UT.

“The program provides a multifaceted learning opportunity for students who dream of careers in technology-related industries,” said Stephen L. Mangum, Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair and dean of the Haslam College of Business. “The program’s design benefited greatly from the vision of Ralph Heath. I am impressed with the quality of students drawn to the program. There is no limit to what these students may accomplish.”

Lynne E. Parker, interim dean of the Tickle College of Engineering, said the program provides students from both disciplines a better understanding of a natural intersection in the real world.

“These students will be able to better combine these skills as they work toward impactful careers in industry,” Parker said. “We are grateful to Ralph Heath for his vision and collaboration in the creation of this program and are highly appreciative of his generosity.”

Representatives from Smith & Nephew to Speak to IBEP Cohort

Smith & Nephew LogoRepresenting Smith & Nephew, Chris Buckley, Director of Supply Chain, will speak to the cohort on the integration of business and engineering in a professional setting. Chris will also speak on the successes and failures that engineers and business groups achieve when they work together vs when they do not work together. Alison Keefe, Graduate Recruitment Program Manager, will also be speaking to the cohort about entry-level positions and the Graduate Development Program that Smith & Nephew offers.

Founded in 1856, Smith & Nephew supports healthcare professionals in more than 100 countries in their daily efforts to improve the lives of their patients. The company does this by taking a pioneering approach to the design of their products and services, by striving to secure wide access to their diverse technologies for more customers globally, and by enabling better outcomes for patients and healthcare systems.

The values of Smith & Nephew are performance, innovation, and trust. These values are driven by the relationships with stakeholders and underpin their approach to sustainable development. Smith & Nephew employs around 16,000 people globally and in 2017 they had almost $4.8 billion in sales.

 

Dorothy Bryson to Speak on Professionalism

Dorothy Barkley Bryson is the recently retired (March 2018) Executive Director of Development for the Tickle College of Engineering (TCOE) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dorothy will be speaking to the cohort about personal branding, professional communication, and etiquette.

Dorothy’s fundraising experience spans more than twenty-five years and includes numerous assignments in several colleges. She was a chief fundraiser with TCOE, overseeing the successful completion of the college’s Campaign for Tennessee with a staff of five development officers. Under her leadership, TCOE reached its $150 million Join the Journey Campaign goal 3.5 years early. Dorothy was instrumental in gaining support for TCOE, the John D. Tickle building, the Integrated Business & Engineering Program, and the Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program in Tickle.

She holds a B.A. from Carson-Newman with a double major in English and French. Her master’s degree is in higher education administration from the University of Tennessee and she is a lifetime member of Mortar Board.

Samantha Lane to Speak on Time Management

Samantha Lane, CEO of Origami Day, will be speaking to the cohort about time management and how to balance their personal and professional life. Founded in February 2017, Origami Day is a community of individuals focused on balancing accomplishment and fulfillment in daily life. Samantha states that: “For many of us work is a necessity, but life is the priority”.

Samantha graduated from UT in 2007 with a degree in public relations and then went on to get her MBA from King College in 2011.

 

Knoxville Business Support Network Introduces Project to IBEP Cohort

Agencies of the Knoxville Business Support Network will introduce a real-world project to students in the Integrated Business and Engineering Program. The following representatives will be speaking: Doug Minter, Director of Small Business Development for the Knoxville Chamber; Terrence Carter, Director of Economic & Business Development for the Knoxville Area Urban League; Jim Biggs, Executive Director for the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center; Marc Brashares, Chairman for Greater Knoxville SCORE Chapter; Bruce Hayes, Director of Knoxville Area Tennessee Small Business Development Center.

The Knoxville Chamber  – The Knoxville Chamber was named the 2011 National Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. They were also awarded 5-star Accreditation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2015 because of the unique and progressive programs they offer businesses in Knoxville, Knox County, and throughout the Innovation Valley. As the largest chamber of commerce in East Tennessee, they represent over 2,200 businesses of all sizes and at all stages of maturity. Whether they are helping existing businesses grow, recruiting new companies to the region, striving to establish a world-class workforce, or advocating for a business-friendly government, the Chamber is working to fulfill their mission of Driving Regional Economic Prosperity.

The Knoxville Area Urban League – As a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), the Knoxville Area Urban League seeks to provide loans from $5,000 to $250,000 to qualified entrepreneurs starting or expanding businesses in Knox County. KAUL is dedicated to promoting diversity, economic, and social equity for all citizens. KAUL also strives to award loans that will provide: jobs, goods, and services needed by the community. In 2012, KAUL earned the National Urban League Affiliate of the Year Award for their 5-star performance review.

Knoxville Entrepreneur Center  – Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is a business accelerator located in Market Square that serves as the front door for entrepreneurs in our region, and a resource for anyone looking to start or grow a business here. By nurturing and supporting a culture of entrepreneurship, they are fostering innovation, creativity and job growth within our community. KEC offers programs, classes, events, and other opportunities to provide a collaborative environment.

 Greater Knoxville SCORE Chapter– SCORE in a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE delivers services at no charge or at very low cost because of their partnership with U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE has over 300 chapters that provide mentorships, free business tools, and host workshops.

Tennessee Small Business Development Center – The TSBDC is the technical assistance of the Small Business Administration in a cooperative agreement with the State of Tennessee. For over 30 years the TSBDC network has been empowering small business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals with an idea to innovate and compete in the global marketplace. TSBDC provides support services in financial management, accounting, taxation, government contracting, acquisition/selling of businesses, loan proposals, entity formation, and education.

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