In 2000, the University of Tennessee teamed with Battelle LLC to assume management responsibilities for nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), one of the nation’s prominent scientific research centers. This unique partnership has allowed the university to establish a growing number of joint research centers and interdisciplinary collaborations as well as a joint faculty program that provides many opportunities for focused student research.
ORNL is home to a number of internationally recognized research facilities, including:
- The Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), an accelerator-based neutron source that will provide the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world for scientific research and industrial development.
- The High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) Center for Neutron Scattering is the highest flux reactor-based source of neutrons for condensed matter research in the United States, producing thermal and cold neutrons used to study physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, and biology.
- The Joint Institute for Computational Science, which houses a number of leadership-class computers, including the “Jaguar,” presently the 10th fastest computer in the world with a peak capability of 25 teraflops (25 trillion calculations per second).
Research buildings on the UT-Knoxville campus include the Science and Engineering Research Facility (SERF), a 230,000 square foot facility dedicated to research laboratories utilized by both the TCE and the College of Arts and Sciences. The new Joint Institute for Advance Materials Building opened on the Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus in 2016, a state-of-the-art contemporary building which houses the JIAM organization, a multidisciplinary team of scientists from UT and ORNL.
In October 2013, the college’s new John D. Tickle Engineering Building was dedicated, following the dedication of the state-of-the-art Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building in March 2012.
Also, TCE has announced the addition of a third new building to house freshmen programs and the Department of Nuclear Engineering on the way.
The college is home to a number of research centers, which reflect our range of partners, our commitment to translational research, and our diversity of funding sources.
- Center for Materials Processing
- Center for Transportation Research
- Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission
- Innovative Computing Laboratory
- The Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE)
- Reliability and Maintainability Center
- Scintillation Materials Research Center
The University of Tennessee is also designated as a Carnegie One Research Extensive Institution.