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Faculty Co-Director

Dr. John Kobza is a Department Head and 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.

Interim Faculty Co-Director and Course Director (STEM Skills)

Lila HoltDr. Lila Holt is a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She also teaches as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Education. Her interests include finding ways to better use technologies for learning and for life. Rapid advancements in computers and technology create a need for adaptation for learning and for life skills. Her research covers using technology, including the web and multimedia, for effective communication for instruction and for workplace excellence.


Administrative Coordinator

Trixie Stengle moved to Tennessee from Florida in September 2021 to join the Financial Aid Department at the University of Tennessee. In December 2021, she transitioned to the position of Coordinator for Pre-College STEM programs within Undergraduate Admissions.  Ms. Stengle is an Army veteran and was stationed in Fort Riley, KS 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 served as a Financial Aid Officer and VA Certifying official at Keiser University. 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.