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Hixson Student Success Center

On April 28, 2014 a vision of Dr. Joseph Rencis, Dean of the College of Engineering to recognize outstanding students for superior accomplishments throughout the academic year came to fruition through the inaugural presentation of the Eminence Awards.

Sponsored by the Clay N. Hixson Student Success Center, the awards were given the name "Eminence" as a symbol of one of the core values of the College of Engineering contained in the strategic plan.

Below is a list of award descriptions currently given. Award recipients are selected by chair persons, faculty, and staff from each department within the college, giving them the opportunity to recognize outstanding achievements of their students. We look forward to continued success as we follow our vision to create 21st Century Renaissance Engineers.

Eminence Awards Photo Gallery


2015 Award Winners

2014 Award Winners

The Student Ambassador Appreciation Award
recognizes our Student Ambassadors who serve in a leadership role promoting all majors in COE and attend events on and off campus. They have a tremendous willingness to share their experiences with prospective students, families, and alumni.
The 4.0 award
is awarded to students who have excelled academically through our rigorous coursework and obtained a grade point average of 4.0.

The Outstanding Senior Award
recognizes students who excel through academic achievement; campus and community activities; academic, athletic or extra-curricular honors or awards; scholarships and work ethic during their time at Tennessee Tech.
The Outstanding Senior Service Award
recognizes outstanding service and leadership to professional activities and community service by a senior engineering student.

The Outstanding Innovation Award recognizes the best senior design project team or individual that best combines conceptual/technical innovation with entrepreneurial possibility.

The Bachelor of Science Best Paper Award recognizes B.S. students who have published/co-published a conference or journal paper. Additionally, the paper has been presented or co-presented by the student at a conference.

The Intellectual Property Award is given to undergraduate and graduate students who disseminate, commercialize or publish
intellectual property created in the course of their research or creative activity.

Experiential Education Meritorious Award is given to undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement on their co-op internship experience as evidenced through their employer evaluation and term report.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards recognize students who participated and won during the current year’s Annual Research

Outstanding Teaching Assistant recognizes the significant contributions our graduate students make to the instructional mission of the College.

Master of Science Best Paper recognizes M.S. students who have published or co-published a conference or journal paper. Additionally, these individuals have presented or co-presented at a conference.

The Doctor of Philosophy Best Paper Award
recognizes Ph.D. students who have published or co-published a conference or journal paper.

Outstanding Graduate Research Award recognizes graduate students who participated and won during this year’s Annual Research Day.

Eminence Award Ceremony Program

Eminence Program 2015
Eminence Program 2014