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MABE Inducts Inaugural Class into Hall of Fame


Left to right: College of Engineering Dean Wayne T. Davis, Judy Gedies, Dr. Bill Snyder, Dick Rosenberg and MABE Department Head Dr. Matthew M. Mench

Last week history was made in the MABE department — the MABE Hall of Fame was opened and the inaugural class was officially inducted.

The MABE Hall of Fame, the first in the College of Engineering, is meant to honor those alumni and friends of the department who have contributed greatly to the engineering profession and positively reflected this on the University of Tennessee, the College of Engineering, and the department. Other important components of selection are inductees receiving recognition in their community and excellence in their professional and non-professional arenas.

The inaugural class includes former UT chancellor Dr. Bill Snyder, UT’s first astronaut Hank Hartsfield, automotive pioneer Rinehart Bright, and former president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Dick Rosenberg.

“It was an incredibly difficult task to try and select the inaugural members, as the department has been fortunate to have so many wonderful alumni, said Matthew Mench, MABE department head. “With the approval of the MABE Board of Advisors, we winnowed it down to four people who represent those who we are most proud to call our own. “

A private Hall of Fame unveiling ceremony was held for the inductees and family members and the inaugural class was officially inducted in to the Hall of Fame at the MABE Honors Awards Banquet.

The Hall of Fame will be displayed in the Dougherty Engineering Building.

Video: Dick Rosenberg Hall of Fame acceptance speech