Dr. Sandra C. Affare, PMP®

Adjunct Instructor

University of Tennessee Space Institute

411 B.H. Goethert Parkway

Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388




2016 – Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, University of Tennessee – Knoxville

2001 – MBA (Production & Operations Management), University of Tennessee – Chattanooga

1998 – B.S. (Industrial) Engineering, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


Professional Experience

2017 – present Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Tennessee

2015 – present CIP/IT Project Management Consultant, Covenant Transportation Group

2000 – 2014, Sr. Engineering Compliance Analyst and Project Manager, TVA

1999 (Summer Only) Industrial Engineer, Calsonic Yorozu Corporation

1993 – 1997 Engineering Contractor, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)


Courses Taught

EM601 Systems Theory and Engineering, University of Tennessee Space Institute, Fall 2017

Project Management Professional Exam Boot Camp, UTC Continuing Education, Fall 2017

Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep, UTC Continuing Education, Spring 2017


Research Interests

  • High Reliability Organizations (HRO)
  • Technical Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship


License & Certification

Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute, License # 232398

Power Systems Certification, Georgia Tech   October 2005.


Technical Publications

Christopher J. Melhorn et al, “Application of Power Quality Monitoring Data for Predictive Maintenance,” PQA Conference North America, Pittsburgh, PA, 2001.

  1. Dong et al., “Analysis of Power System Disturbances Based on Wide-Area Frequency Measurements,” 2007 IEEE Power Engineering Society General Meeting, Tampa, FL, 2007, pp. 1-8. doi: 10.1109/PES.2007.385654

Jian Zuo et al., “Development of TVA SuperPDC: Phasor applications, tools, and event replay,” 2008 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting – Conversion and Delivery of Electrical Energy in the 21st Century, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008, pp. 1-8. doi: 10.1109/PES.2008.4596276


Technical Presentations

“Analyzing Healthcare Tools Practitioners Use to Implement HRO Theory,” ISERC, 2015, Nashville, TN

“HRO Healthcare Research,” High Reliability Organization Workshop, 2015, Manchester, TN


Professional Memberships

Project Management Institute (PMI) – Chattanooga Chapter                        2017

  • Director of Training and Development
  • PMI Education Foundation (PMIEF) Chapter Liaison