Pamela Battle, (BS/ME ’85), received a GE Aviation Leadership Award for Diversity and Inclusion. This CEO-level award recognized her efforts related to mentoring interns, ensuring diverse interview pools, and encouraging applications to leadership programs. Battle currently serves as a division strategic operations leader at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Strata-G, a Knoxville-based company founded by alumnus Dan Hurst (BS/AE ’85, MS/EE ’94), won the 2019 National Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award from the US Chamber of Commerce. The $25,000 prize will be invested with the company’s existing outreach partners Knox Area Rescue Ministries and Westview Community School. Fellow TCE alum Darrell Daugherty, (MS/EE ’93), serves as Strata-G’s executive vice president.
C. Craig Smith (MS/NE ’02) is currently serving as the president of Tau Beta Pi, having been appointed to the role at the association’s convention in October 2019. Before joining the Spallation Neutron Source, Smith worked for TVA in nuclear plant design and several engineering firms. He is the cooling systems team leader at the SNS facility.
Meghan Green Hardt, (BS/AE ‘15) recently founded Hardt Tutoring Services LLC, which focuses strictly on online math tutoring. Hardt uses a combination of cutting-edge interactive programs including screen sharing software, virtual whiteboards, and many others to maximize the educational impact to students. Hardt was hired by NASA directly after graduation and spent several years controlling the International Space Station from Houston’s Mission Control.
Barge Design Solutions Inc. promoted Mindy Moore (BS/CE ’98, MS/CE ’99) and Adrian Ward (MS/CE ’05) to vice president. Both are based at the firm’s downtown Nashville location.
Ramon Gonzales (’95) recently joined bibliotheca, a Swiss company providing best global solutions for libraries. He holds the title of chief supply chain officer and is leading their North American Operations.
Oscar Lee Martin Named Accomplished Alumni
Oscar Lee Martin (MS/ChE ’96) was named a 2020 Accomplished Alumni by UT earlier this year. Martin works as a regional technology leader for DuPont, and his team has secured patents including materials designed for armored cables, flame and chemical protection garments, and composite sheet materials. In 2009, he established a company and online school called TechnologyEd, which provides continuing education opportunities for scientists and engineers.