Two Engineering Alumni Cited for Dedication to Tennessee Tech

They are not your average alumni. They have distinguished themselves in their professions, their communities and in their commitment to their alma mater. They are the few, the proud, the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Distinguished Alumni of Tennessee Technological University.

Only 11 such alumni are included in the IME Distinguished Alumni Academy. This year, two outstanding achievers were inducted. Christopher Riley of Ooltewah and Robert Savell of Kingsport became the tenth and eleventh members of the academy this spring.

According to a committee that includes the administrators from the College of Engineering, the IME department chair and others, the two men "demonstrated distinguished service to their profession, including interest in and dedication to the IME department at Tennessee Tech," and "established a personal reputation for outstanding character and citizenship which reflects credit and honor upon the IME department and their profession."

David Allesandro, chair of the IME department, said, "This program allows us to recognize our successful alumni, but, in the process, we also identify outstanding role models for our students."

Riley, who received his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1970, spent 18 years with DuPont industries in various capacities, mainly in carpet fibers marketing. In 1988, he joined Candlewick Yarns in Dalton, Georgia (a division of Chattanooga's Dixie Yarns, Inc.), where he is currently vice president of sales. In 1991, Riley graduated from the executive program of the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

As a student at Tennessee Tech, Riley was involved in Alpha Nu Delta fraternity, the Industrial Engineering club and various intramural sports. Riley's wife, Judy Whitaker Riley, is a 1971 graduate of Tennessee Tech.

Savell, who received his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1975, has been working with Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport since his graduation from Tennessee Tech. He was a primary contributor in the development of the quality management process that won Eastman the 1993 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He currently serves as principal industrial engineer responsible for industrial engineering technology.

An expert in quality management and business process reengineering, Savell has been a consultant for high-level corporate administrators, the United States Department of Defense and the Department of Labor. He is a charter member of the university's IME department Industrial Advisory Board. Savell is also married to a Tennessee Tech alumna, 1975 graduate Patricia June Miller.