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TULLAHOMA, Tenn. — Bob Smith, a 1962 master’s degree program graduate of the University of Tennessee Space Institute, has been selected UTSI’s 1998 distinguished alumnus.

 Smith, a Manchester resident, is a retired vice president and chief scientist for Sverdrup Technology at the Arnold Engineering and Development Center here.

 UTSI Vice President Dwayne McCay said Smith earned an international reputation in the field of aerospace propulsion testing.

“This well-deserved honor is probably a bit overdue,” McCay said. “Bob Smith had a remarkable career and he has been an incredible ambassador for the UT Space Institute.”

 Smith, 68, traces his affiliation with UTSI to 1956 when he enrolled for the institute’s first term.

 “The program came along at a great time for me,” Smith said. “There was no other graduate opportunity in the aerospace field readily available to me. UTSI became a great asset to ADEC, and I took advantage of it.”

A dinner in Smith’s honor is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., May 12, in the UTSI Student Center.


 Contact: Ms. Cindy Calhoun (931-393-7520)