The UT College of Engineering pursues new understanding through basic research while striving to translate the outcomes into practice that benefits humanity and society. The college is a cornerstone of UT's mission "to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world" as part of the institution's strategic plan: VolVision: Journey to the Top 25.
Over the past several years, our research program has grown by leaps and bounds, with a steady increase in funding and significant growth in PhD student involvement over the last five years. This growth, spurred by the increased quality of our faculty's research, as well as additional research leadership, has enhanced support of graduate programs and new facilities.
The Tennessee Governor's Chair Program further facilitates this growth by the addition of nationally and internationally recognized leaders in environmental, nuclear, material, electrical, and chemical engineering.
The college is able to compete for the best graduate talent through the Bredesen Center, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the highly competitive UT Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship program.
UT boasts new state-of-the-art engineering facilities, including the recently opened Min Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building, which supports the largest department in the college. The John D. Tickle Engineering Building, which houses our Civil & Environmental Engineering and Industrial & Systems Engineering Departments, opened in the fall of 2013. The college will also have faculty members in the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials building that is under construction.
The college is home to several research centers and collaborative research initiatives. We invite you to explore the links on these pages to learn more about ongoing research, our various academic programs, and the support that we provide to researchers pursuing external funding.
As the depth and breadth of the College of Engineering's faculty quality and capabilities of our facilities have grown, the college's research portfolio has diversified. From developing alternative treatments for heart-valve disease to improving nuclear safety and efficiency, some of the more recent COE research ventures include:
As a public research institution, the University of Tennessee is committed to enriching the educational experience of undergraduate students through research. Research experiences for undergraduate students reinforce classroom learning, clarify career interests and goals, and stimulate interest in graduate study.
During the summer or throughout the academic year, working alongside a faculty member provides the student with access to cutting-edge technologies and the opportunity to further develop the ability to think, learn, and work independently; sharpen analytical skills; and contribute to the creation of new knowledge. UT engineering students have access to a number of programs to support their research interests.
With the diversification of the college's research initiatives and the ever-increasing portfolio of scientific knowledge, technology transfer and commercialization have become increasingly important. College of Engineering faculty members are active participants in the institutional efforts at UT to create and develop intellectual property.
While the college's contributions are focused in computer science, electrical engineering, and materials science engineering at present, we are experiencing a diversification in the development of intellectual property, particularly as the University of Tennessee Research Foundation gains strength, as evidenced by its accomplishments in 2012:
The College of Engineering recognizes the importance of external partnering to benefit the efforts of faculty and students for the good of the college, the university, and our partners. We work with both the university's Office of Research and UT Development to create partnerships of value to all parties.
Examples of our current partnerships include:
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.
Information about other centers outside the college with major participation by Engineering faculty can be found at www.engr.utk.edu/research/centers.html.
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