Located in the Tickle College of Engineering on the Knoxville campus, the Ross Bryan Associates-endowed faculty office symbolizes the firm’s commitment to the engineering program and its students. That ongoing commitment to education includes employee-led seminars for students, an endowed fellowship and support of the Jerry E. Stoneking Engage program.
“We appreciate the tremendous support Ross Bryan has given to UT Engineering over many years,” said Dorothy Barkley Bryson executive director of development for the Tickle College of Engineering. “Your gifts are significant, but so is your presence.”
Dr. Ed Burdette currently occupies the endowed office as he transitions into retirement after six decades at UT. Burdette has taught and mentored several Ross Bryan engineers including Don Yarbrough, former president of Ross Bryan Associates.
“Dr. Burdette has been one of my greatest supporters and was instrumental in my making the decision to enroll in UTK as a 28-year-old married father of two to work on a master’s degree,” said Yarbrough. “He has been a valued friend and mentor throughout my career and hundreds of his former students would gladly express similar comments.”
In addition to its contributions to engineering education, Ross Bryan Associates has served as structural engineering consultants for numerous university construction projects, including the John D. Tickle Engineering Building, the Student Union, Hodges Library, James A. Haslam II Business Building, Thompson-Boling Arena, Ayres Hall renovation and the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building, and the Engineering Services Facility currently in design. The firm also has consulted on half a dozen renovation projects at Neyland Stadium, including renovations that will start after the 2018 football season.