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Merry Koschan and Camera Foster doing research at SMRC

Research and Technology

The UT Tickle 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.


Lab ExperimentThe 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 Tennessee Top 100 Fellowships program.

SalasinUT 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 also has faculty members in the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials building located on UT’s Cherokee Farm campus.

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.

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