Continuing Education

The rapid changes occurring in technology make it essential that a university provide opportunities for continuing engineering studies. The University of Tennessee Space Institute recognizes continuing education as an important and basic responsibility and considers it to be an integral part of the academic programs at the Institute. The Continuing Education programs offered are designed to be responsive to the needs of engineers and scientists, and the skilled craftsman in industry and government. The courses have been carefully selected and emphasis is given to new developments. The courses are conducted by the UTSI staff and by the most qualified persons available in education, industry, government and the private sector.





Leadership Strategies for Technical Professionals 
Course Date: August 26-27, 2019 
Course Description:

This course presents leadership strategies, principles, styles and dynamics that must be understood by technical professionals engaged in the creation of products, processes, and services in technology-based organizations through:
• Better understanding of leadership styles and their impact on a technical organization;
• Better understanding of, and differentiation between, a leader and a manager;
• Better understanding of organizational culture and how it influences the workplace and leadership issues;
• Better understanding of the unique nature of women and leadership and military leadership.
Course Objectives:
• To introduce and discuss the concepts, theory, and traits of leadership as it is differentiated from management methods and principles for technology and engineering organizations.
• To identify and define the similarities and differences between leadership in military and non-military organizations, leadership by and of women, and servant leadership.
• To internalize these concepts and understand how they influence personal choices to develop an effective leadership style as a technology manager.
• Introduction
• Managers and Leaders
• Leadership Traits
• Military Leadership
• Women and Leadership
• Servant leadership
• Corporate Cultures
• Lessons from the Real World
Duration = 16 hours

Janice N. Tolk, Ph. D.
Janice N. Tolk, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee Space Institute and the Managing Partner of Windswept Plains Consulting, LLC. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky and Masters of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Systems and Engineering Management degrees from Texas Tech University. Dr. Tolk spent her engineering career at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas where she served in a variety of engineering design, management, and leadership positions, thus gaining a wide range of experience managing professionals in technical organizations. After leaving the Pantex Plant, Dr. Tolk entered academia and taught in engineering management programs for the past twelve years. Her teaching focus is leadership for technical professionals, strategic management, and managing change in technical organizations. In addition to teaching, she consults with a variety of industries on High Reliability Organization (HRO) theory and practice and serves on the Board of Directors of High Reliability Summits, LLC.

Course Date:      September 17-18, 2019

Course Fee:        $2,495

Spaceflight Dynamics:  Trajectory Analysis and Design, Trajectory Optimization, Vehicle Ascent and Landing Dynamics, Orbital Maneuvers, Lunar and Interplanetary Mission Design, Flight Dynamics in Planetary Atmospheric and Gravitational Fields, Gravity Assist Maneuvers, Application of Optimal Low-Thrust Propulsion (including solar-sail and electric propulsion systems), Application of Chaotic Trajectory Mechanisms, Review of Analytical and Computational Tools, Demonstration of the Tools by Means of Case Studies

Course Date:  November 13-25, 2019

Course Fee:  $2,495

Missile and Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control: Six-Degree of Freedom Motion of Vehicle, Application of Eulerian Dynamics, Application of Quaternion Analysis in Control System Strategy, Use of Gyroscopic Attitude Control, Gravity Gradient Stabilization, Application of Optical Sensing Mechanisms in Vehicle Control, Optimal Control Strategies Using Pontryagin Maximum Principle, Orbital Intercept, Rendezvous, and Terminal Guidance, Application of Inertial Guidance Techniques with GPS Enhancement

Course Date:  February 12-14, 2020

Course Fee:  $2,195

Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle Operations: Propulsion System Selection as Dictated by Mission, Launch System Design and Trajectory Analysis, Autonomous Control Strategies and Trajectory Optimization, Guidance Strategies and Application of GPS Enhancement


Course Date:  May 11-13, 2020

Course Fee: $2,195

Missile Flight Dynamics:  Optimal Flight Paths in Three-Dimensional Planetocentric Coordinates, Effects of Planetary Spin, Effects of Inertial Forces on Vehicle Motion, Effects of Aerodynamic Forces, Effects of Vehicle Angular Motions on Trajectory (Jet Damping and Nutation Instabilities), Interaction of Vehicle Motion on Propulsion System Operation, Application of Vehicle Staging, Single-State-to-Orbit Trajectory Design, Tactical and Strategic Missile Trajectory Design Principles


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