College of Engineering
Prescott/Brown Legacy Endowment for Engineering and Technology Professional Development
The Prescott/Brown Legacy Endowment for Engineering and Technology Professional Development has three prongs: to support the lecture series to serve the faculty and students of the college of engineering and the broader community by furthering discussions of key topics in the fields of engineering and technology; to support student design competition activities; and provide professional development for faculty and staff.
Wallace S. Prescott bio, (1920-2013) graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 1946 and joined the faculty that same year, served Tennessee Tech for nearly
40 years as an educator and administrator. From 1962 to 1983, he was Tech's provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. Two years after retiring, he returned to serve as interim president of Tennessee Tech from 1985 to 1987. Prescott received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of Tennessee Tech in 1977 and was selected as Tennessee Tech Engineer of Distinction in 1984.
James Seay Brown bio, (1920-2013) served Tennessee Tech for more than 38 years as an educator and administrator. Brown joined the Tennessee Tech faculty in 1941 and served as chairperson of the mechanical engineering department from 1950 to 1961. In 1961 he became dean of the College of Engineering, a position he held until 1979. As dean, Brown led the College of Engineering in receiving initial accreditation for the undergraduate programs and he also initiated the engineering graduate programs at both the master's and doctorate levels. He was selected as the Outstanding Professional Engineer for Middle Tennessee in 1972 and as Tennessee Tech Engineer of Distinction in 1981.
These two academic legends, who served Tennessee Tech University for decades, are recognized with this lecture series named in their honor.