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Todd ReevesKNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee College of Engineering has appointed Todd Reeves as the new director for the Office of Professional Practice. Reeves started work in January after serving 21 years in private industry, where he focused on new product development, team leadership and customer relationship management.

Reeves’ most recent position was with Emerson, working for the Knoxville-based Machinery Health Management business as a senior staff engineer and product manager. In this role, he focused on the creation and global market launch of new machinery condition monitoring products for the process industries. Reeves previously worked for General Dynamics Electric Boat division in Groton, Conn., as a sound and vibration design engineer, where he assessed the acoustic acceptability of nuclear submarine propulsion plant systems.

“Having been in the types of positions that engineering students are aspiring to reach, I believe he can bring a fresh perspective to the office,” said Masood Parang, associate dean for academic and student affairs in the college. “The combination of his engineering and marketing background uniquely qualifies him for working with employers, faculty and students to further UT’s engineering co-op and internship program.”

Since moving to Knoxville in 1991, Reeves has been an active member of the Knoxville community, leading and participating in various civic organizations. He holds seven patents in the area of machine condition monitoring, has been a conference speaker while also publishing 20 articles and presentations in various conference proceedings and trade journals. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn.

The UT Office of Professional Practice is the second oldest cooperative education program in the Southeast, established in 1926. The program combines classroom learning with educationally relevant, productive work experience in a field related to students’ academic and career goals.

For more information, contact Kim Cowart, Engineering Communications Director, at (865) 974-0686 or