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‘Project Management’ Course Set at UTSI

The University of Tennessee Space Institute is accepting reservations for a short course in ‘Project Management’ to be offered Aug. 17-19.

George W. Garrison, Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UTSI, and Donald D. Tippett, an associate professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, are directors and lecturers for the course.

“The development of management skills such as time management, communications, team building, conflict resolution, problem solving and running a meeting will be emphasized,” according to Garrison. “Case studies will be used to provide practice in the application of course concepts to specific real world situations,” he added.

Fee for the course is $795. Reservations may be made by contacting Becky Stines, MS 15, Director, Office of Continuing Education, The University of Tennessee Space Institute, B.H. Goethert Parkway, Tullahoma, Tenn., 37388-9700. She also may be reached at (931) 393-7276,, or by fax (931) 393-7327.

Stines described project management as “the planning, organizing, directing, and controlling of resources in order to accomplish specific goals and objectives within constraints of cost, time, and performance.”

Garrison, who teaches graduate courses in engineering and engineering management at UTSI, has more than 30 years of industrial experience as an engineering supervisor and manager with Sverdrup Technology, Inc., an operating contractor at the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC). He has taught numerous short courses on project management to industry and government employees, including engineers from AEDC, NASA, and Tennessee Valley Authority.

A Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Garrison has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a MBA from Vanderbilt University. He is a member of National Management Association and the Project Management Institute.

Tippett, a graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, is a former member of the Space Institute’s faculty. He served more than ten years on active duty in carrier-based naval aviation. With master and doctor of engineering degrees from Texas A&M University, his industrial experience includes four years with Union Carbide Corporation as a principal manager in a major company-wide integrated materials management systems project. Most recently, he worked at Newport News Shipbuilding, serving as program manger, Advanced Technology.

At UAH, Tippett teaches graduate courses in engineering and engineering management.