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A Message from the Director

Richard BennettEngineering is the natural extension of your childhood curiosity about how things work. The purpose of engineering study is to enhance your abilities to explore, experiment, design, and produce.

The engineering curriculum trains you to use physical laws for creating objects and processes that offer solutions for industry, business, and individuals. It takes dedication and hard work to learn about these structures that govern the world we live in, and how to simplify and apply them creatively. It also involves taking appropriate risks, learning from failures, and developing a keen sense of the aesthetics of good design.

As Engineering Fundamentals Program instructors, we appreciate that working on an engineering project is a creative act (the words engineer and ingenious share the same Latin root). We also recognize that even as beginning engineering students, the accomplishment of real solutions to genuine problems is a necessary—and fun—part of your education.

Enjoy your visit to the site. We’re glad you’re here!


Richard Bennett
Professor and Director, Engineering Fundamentals Program
105 Estabrook Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-2353
Phone: 865-974-9810
Fax: 865-974-6162

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