Wayne Davis Speaking at Technical Society June 11, 2018

29 May

The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet at the Crowne Plaza on June 11, 2018.

Dr. Wayne Davis will give a presentation and update on the Tickle College of Engineering, the growth of students including diversity, and the progress made in improving the infrastructure. He will also talk about the exciting new engineering complex for which design is in progress and for which construction will begin this coming fall.

 For this general-interest meeting we would like an estimate of the attendance and ask that you send an email to  or call  690-0705 if you plan to attend.

Dr. Davis was appointed Interim Chancellor of the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK)  campus on May 3, 2018. For the past ten years he has been serving as the Dean of the Tickle College of Engineering at UTK (so named in 2016 in honor of great benefactor and alumnus John D. Tickle). Dr. Davis also is the inaugural holder of the Wayne T. Davis Endowed Deans Chair, which was created by four engineering alumni in 2013.

From a very young age, Wayne Davis worked and saved for college. He supported himself as a work-study student to earn an AB in Physics from Pfeiffer College. After also earning a Master’s in Physics from Clemson University, he received an assistantship from UTK to proceed with his studies for MS/PhD degrees in Environmental/Civil Engineering.

As Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UT, Dr. Davis has specialized in research and teaching on air quality management and pollution control. His articles and books in this field and his leadership in the advancement of engineering education have been highly acclaimed and have brought him many national and international recognitions and awards, including the Lyman Ripperton Outstanding Professor Award of the international Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Professional and Environmental Practice (Pittsburgh PA) in 2007.

Dr. Davis served as the VP for Councils and as Chair of the Engineering Research Council 2010-2012 of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Global Engineering Deans Council in 2016-2017. He is also active in several other professional associations and he is a fellow of AWMA and ASEE. Dr. Davis is a long time member of the Technical Society of Knoxville.

Obviously, his teaching and his research on monitoring and control of sulfur dioxide, ozone/precursors, and particulate matter in the Southeast and the Smoky Mountains have been of great importance and interest locally. He was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creative Achievement in 1994, and he was UT Macebearer in 2003.


Also worthwhile is a FREE SHOWING of

Dream Big: Engineering Our World

— TWO DAYS ONLY Fri., June 8th and Sat., June 9th 10 a.m. Cinemark Tinseltown USA 755 W. Main Street Oak Ridge, TN 37830 Seats limited. First come, first served. Afterward, come see the booth at the Secret City Festival.  For more information on the film, which is a celebration of engineering, see

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