Engineering Student Wins STEM Scholarship

Jayden Parris (Engineering, ‘22) was recently awarded the first-ever Lockheed Martin STEM scholarship. This $10,000 scholarship was granted on behalf of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global aerospace and advanced technologies company. Only 200 winners were chosen from a pool of over 6,300 applicants.

Winners of the highly competitive scholarship were selected based on academic record, strong example of leadership and extracurricular service and achievements. As a freshman in the Vogel School of Engineering, Parris displayed excellence in all three categories, winning the Outstanding Underclassmen in Engineering Award and running as a member of the Cross Country team.

“The Bryan Vogel School of Engineering is amazing and quite literally state of the art,” Jayden stated. “ God has blessed the school and students so that they can pay it forward. Engineering students will discover ways to manufacture more efficient engines, creates appendages for amputees, or even [get] clean water to a village in South America… The Vogel School of Engineering takes leaders and teaches them how to engineer the future.”

Congratulations, Jayden, on your achievement!


Dr. David Che Joins Vogel School of Engineering

The Vogel School of Engineering is pleased to welcome Dr. David Che as Chair and Professor of Engineering, beginning this fall.

Dr. Che worked in the industry for over ten years before beginning his full-time teaching career. He has since taught for 11 years in various Christian colleges in the Midwest. His research interests include metrology, robotics, automotive engineering, manufacturing engineering and quality control, mechanical design, and engineering education. He is currently a member of the American Society of Engineering Education, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers and Christian Engineering Society.

In 1988, Dr. Che graduated from Harbin Institute of Technology (China) with a BSE degree in Precision Mechanical Engineering. He came to the US in 1990 and enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program at Ohio State University. After obtaining his M.S. degree from OSU, he began his doctoral study at the S. M. Wu Manufacturing Research Center at University of Michigan. He then worked as a post-doc and a research investigator at University of Michigan for two years before joining the Global Research and Development Center of General Motor Corporation in Warren, Michigan in 1997. From 1999 to 2001, he worked as a senior project engineer in GM’s Competitive Operations Engineering Group. From 2002 to 2005, he worked in the Product Development division of GM Truck Group using modern engineering design and analysis tools to do full vehicle dynamic simulations and instrument panel and console design. From 2005 to 2008, he returned to his home country of China to live as a “tent-maker.” He worked in southern China for Stafast Products, Inc., a metal fastener and machinery supplier in Cleveland, Ohio, to develop new business ventures and supply to the furniture manufacturing industry in Asia.

Dr. Che has taught a broad range of courses over the years. These include:

  • Calling & Vocation (a.k.a. “learning and transition”, a freshmen seminar course)
  • Strength of materials
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Mechanical vibrations
  • Machine component design
  • Computer Aided Engineering
  • Kinematics and robotics
  • Engineering economy
  • Digital systems
  • Senior design projects
  • Service engineering
  • Engineering ethics
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Engineering materials and processes
  • Quality control

Dr. Che is passionate about partnering with industry and local community and promoting service-learning wherever he goes. Many of his class and senior design projects were sponsored by the local industry and non-profit organizations. Examples include design and rapid prototyping of a new animal tagging device for medical research, SAE Baja competitions, additive manufacturing and optical scanning techniques and their application to mechanical design, hard-band spring design for Marcellus Shale drilling operations using ANSYS, therapeutic pool cover mechanism design, and noise reduction of a gym.

Dr. Che has been married to his wife Sarah for thirty years. The Lord has blessed them with five children, all homeschooled. In his spare time, he enjoys reading classical literature, writing, listening to classical music, playing tennis, table tennis, soccer, and watching college football.

Welcome to the Bryan College family, Dr. Che!


Vogel School of Engineering Officially Opens

The Vogel School of Engineering celebrated its grand opening April 11th, officially dedicating the previously unbuilt half of Mercer Hall’s third floor to a future of educating missional engineering students. In attendance were representatives from the Chattanooga Engineering Club, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Dean of Engineering Dr. Thomas Marshall, and various other representatives from the local engineering community. Also present was Dr. David Che, a faculty addition for the 2019-2020 school year. Dr. Che will expand the program significantly via his knowledge and experience in mechanical engineering.

President Stephen Livesay opened the ceremony by thanking Dr. Marshall and his assistant, Ms. Audrey Henderson, for their dedication to the school and attention to detail in the opening ceremony. He quoted Genesis 2:15 and the Creation Mandate: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” This, he instructed the inaugural class of engineering students, was their mission- to create and care for God’s creation with the degree they obtain from Bryan.

In addition to remarks from Dr. Marshall and a student testimonial from freshman engineering major Russell Green, the crowd was able to hear from Deborah Vogel Cornwell, daughter of General George and Doris Cornwell, the school’s namesakes. Ms. Cornwell spoke fondly of her parents’ journey to Bryan as “a leap of faith”, and how her father (unable to make the long journey from California) would have wanted to thank his mother, Anna, for encouraging him in his military career. The Vogel’s granddaughter, Elizabeth Cornwell, was also present. “My grandparent’s legacy is now your legacy,” she told the gathered engineering students.

The Chamber Singers closed the ceremony with a moving rendition of “All Glory Be to God” under the direction of Dr. David Luther. Dr. Douglas Mann, Provost and Vice President of Academics, closed the ceremony with prayer, after which the school was officially opened for tours.

The 14,000 square foot space is home to new offices, study rooms, a robotics lab, a thermal fluids lab, and a new amphitheater-style classroom, among many other additions. Over $750,000 of equipment has been installed, with more to come.

You can see highlights from the Ribbon Cutting on our Facebook page.
Learn more about the Vogel School of Engineering here.


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