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Faculty Director

Dr. John Kobza is a Professor in Industrial & Systems Engineering in the Tickle College of Engineering.  Prior to arriving on Rocky Top in 2013, John served on the faculty of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University.  He also served as a visiting professor in the Systems Engineering Department at the United States Military Academy.  His interests include modeling, analyzing and designing systems involving uncertainty and risk, such as security systems, manufacturing systems and communication networks.

Administrative Director

Trixie Stengle moved to Tennessee from Florida in September 2021 to join the University of Tennessee. In December 2023, she transitioned to the position of Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives and Pre-College STEM Programs within the Visitors Center under the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Ms. Stengle is an Army veteran. She was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas, where she specialized in aviation operations. She brings seven-plus years of higher education experience working in various administrative positions. Before joining the UT family, Ms. Stengle was a Keiser University Financial Aid Officer and VA Certifying official. Ms. Stengle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management from Saint Leo University and a Master of Business Administration from Keiser University.

Administrative Associate

Heather McQueary joined the team as the Pre-College Programs Associate, in October 2021. She previously worked as an Information Management Specialist at a public high school where she coordinated with high school seniors, administrators, and community donor organizations, to host a local scholarship award event. Heather and her family moved to the Knoxville area in June 2021 to be closer to family and to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, welcoming community, and amazing Volunteer sports.