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Academic Departments and Programs

The UT Tickle College of Engineering is comprised of seven departments on the Knoxville campus and the engineering academic programs at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) in Tullahoma, Tenn. It also participates in the other multidisciplinary and related degree programs as shown below.


Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemical engineering deals with the development, design, operation and management of plants and processes for economical, safe conversion of chemical raw materials to useful products. Biomolecular engineering encompasses system biology, protein engineering, and personalized and nano medicine. The department also offers a program of study in sustainable energy, which includes biofuels, photovoltaics, and fuel cells.


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil engineering is concerned with designing the infrastructure of a society. This encompasses construction, transportation, energy needs and the design and development of urban areas. Environmental engineering works to solve problems with pollution and waste disposal and managing and minimizing damage to communities from water and other natural sources.


Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Electrical engineering deals with the application of physical laws governing charged particles. This field impacts many aspects of modern life, from miniature integrated circuits to power systems spanning international boundaries. Computer engineers work with digital processing of images and signals. The study of computer science emphasizes hardware, software, and theory.


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial and systems engineering is concerned with the design of integrated systems involving people, materials, information, equipment, and energy in order to achieve the most efficient function possible while still taking human factors into consideration.


Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Materials science and engineering is primarily involved with the search for basic knowledge of the internal structure and properties of materials. Developments in materials science and engineering are on the cutting edge of modern technology, as new and improved materials are critical to the development of advanced products.


Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering

Mechanical engineering focuses on the development of mechanical and thermal-fluid science systems that emphasize energy conversion and fluid dynamics. Aerospace engineering involves the design, testing and manufacturing of aircraft and spacecraft. Biomedical engineering is concerned with the design, development and manufacturing of artificial extensions and implants to assist movement in the human body, such as knee joint replacements.


Department of Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear engineering focuses on the application of sub-atomic processes for the benefit of both humanity and the environment. Traditional nuclear engineering involves working with reactor system analysis, safety and design, as well as other factors involved with reactor operation. The department also offers a track in radiological engineering, which involves the design and safe use of radiation in industry and medicine.


Reliability and Maintainability Engineering (RME)

The Reliability and Maintainability Engineering academic program was developed to meet the needs of industry and government by providing formal undergraduate and graduate education in the RME area. Undergraduate students can receive a minor in RME, while graduate students can receive either a graduate certificate or M.S. degree.


The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI)

UTSI is a graduate education and research institution located in Middle Tennessee adjacent to the U.S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center. It was established in 1964 as part of the University of Tennessee and has become an internationally recognized institution for graduate study and research in engineering, physics, and mathematics.

Multidisciplinary and Other Related Programs

In addition to its traditional engineering degrees, the Tickle College of Engineering offers several innovative programs in conjunction with other colleges and departments.


Biosystems Engineering

Biosystems engineering uses engineering science and mathematics to address opportunities and problems in biological, environmental, ecological and agricultural systems. Biosystems engineering degrees are offered through a collaboration between the Tickle College of Engineering and the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science in the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.


Data Science and Engineering PhD Program

The Data Science and Engineering (DSE) program partners with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to provide graduate researchers with some of the most powerful computing and data science platforms available anywhere in the world and the opportunity to collaborate on computational challenges that involve some of the largest and most unique data sources in science, engineering, and health care.


Energy Science and Engineering PhD Program

The PhD in Energy Science and Engineering is a doctoral program specifically associated with the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education. This PhD provides both breadth and depth while ensuring a solid grounding in scientific fundamentals for research. Topical areas have been chosen to resonate with Department of Energy priorities and industry needs, with a tailored integration of graduate courses across disciplines to provide deep expertise in a chosen specialty.


Integrated Business and Engineering Program

The Integrated Business & Engineering Program blends the knowledge and reputations of two of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s outstanding academic colleges. As part of the program, the students learn the systems approach to planning and decision making, with an emphasis on how your decisions affect your organization; communications skills that will allow new leaders to impact and influence those around them; technical depth in a traditional major with problem solving techniques aimed at the organizational and managerial level; a big picture perspective honed from collaborative team experiences and one-on-one mentoring opportunities with executives; and problem-solving and systems-based thinking from business and engineering in blended classes.


MS-MBA Program

The Tickle College of Engineering has joined forces with the UT College of Business Administration to establish the innovative MS-MBA dual-degree program allowing students to simultaneously earn a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science degree in one of several engineering disciplines.


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