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The college has begun a search for the next dean of engineering—the Wayne T. Davis Endowed Dean’s Chair. With tremendous growth over the past ten years, the college is looking for someone with the enthusiasm and vision to continue to propel the college forward for the next ten years and beyond.


The college has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. The last decade alone has seen:

  • The naming of the college as the Tickle College of Engineering in 2016
  • Growth in student population by almost 2,000
  • Doctoral enrollment and annual PhD graduates have nearly doubled
  • Endowed faculty positions have more than doubled to 37, based on $19M of endowed funds
  • Adding of 42 new full-time faculty positions
  • Doubling of research expenditures to more than $79 million per year
  • Meeting the current campaign’s initial goal of $150 million and extending it to $200 million
  • Opening of the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building, the John D. Tickle Engineering Building, the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials, and a new $129 million Engineering Complex in the design phase
  • Adding of four named professors of practice
  • Increasing partnerships and research with the various laboratories in Oak Ridge and with businesses throughout Tennessee

After nearly 10 years serving as dean of engineering, Wayne Davis has announced his intent to retire in the summer of 2018. Davis has served in faculty and administrative roles at UT for nearly 44 years, including stints as assistant dean of the Graduate School from 1985 through 1988 and as its associate dean from 1988 through 1991.

“As an alumnus of the college, I take great pride in the strides that have been made, the goals that we have met, and the obstacles we have overcome as a team. I am honored to have been a part of this exciting journey, and look forward to seeing our faculty and students continue to solve the challenges of tomorrow.”—Dean Wayne Davis

Read more about Dean Davis’s time at the Tickle College of Engineering.

Dean Wayne Davis

Dean Wayne Davis

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