Sunday, December 5, 2010

TTU Commencement Speaker Announced

Allen Atkins, a Tennessee Tech University alumnus and retired vice president of technology for Boeing's Phantom Works, will be the featured speaker at this fall's commencement ceremonies at Tech. Commencement will be held for 771 graduates at 10 am on Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Hooper Eblen Center. Tech officials say that Atkins is considered a pioneer of stealth technology and the driving force behind the development of low observable technology and weapons systems. His contributions made possible such aircraft as the F-22 Raptor and the F/A18 Hornet fighter jets. He was among the first people to earn a doctorate in engineering from TTU.  Following this commencement, TTU will have granted more than 68,000 degrees. Students graduating from TTU this fall hail from 30 states including Tennessee, 74 Tennessee counties and 13 countries. They represent 39 undergraduate fields of study and 22 graduate fields.