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Kevin Tomsovic, CURENT Director

College Research Centers

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 Logo

Designated by the state of Tennessee as a Center of Excellence, the CMP’s research efforts focus on the control of material properties through their composition and molecular structure as well as how these factors relate to materials processing. Participating researchers come from all engineering disciplines.

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Center for Transportation Research Logo

The Center for Transportation Research (CTR), a nationally and internationally recognized research entity, was created in 1970 to foster and facilitate interdisciplinary research, public service and outreach in the field of transportation.

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The Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT) was founded for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) prestigious Engineering Research Center Program. Funded for $18.5 million by the NSF and the US Department of Energy, it is the first center of its kind at the University of Tennessee. The center works closely with industrial partners, and its research focuses on improving the nation’s electric power transmission system.

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Innovative Computing Laboratory Logo

Dr. Jack Dongarra, a Distinguished Scientist in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UT and a Distinguished Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) founded the Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL) in 1989. ICL is a world leader in enabling technologies and software for scientific computing.

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Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment Logo

ISSE promotes development of policies, technologies and educational programs in response to pressing environmental issues facing the state, the nation and the world. The institute’s interdisciplinary research includes water resources, environmental security, energy and environmental policy research, education and social perspectives, agriculture and natural resources and environmental sustainability.

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Reliability and Maintainability Center Logo

The RMC is a university–industry association dedicated to improving industrial productivity, efficiency, safety and profitability through the use of management systems, analysis techniques and advanced predictive and preventive technologies to identify, manage and eliminate failures.

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Scintillation Materials Research Center Logo

SMRC is a unique, multidisciplinary research facility, formed by a collaboration between UT and Siemens Medical Solutions Molecular Imaging, with a mission to discover and develop new scintillation materials to provide the foundation for advances in gamma ray, x-ray and neutron detectors.

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Interdisciplinary Institutes

Tickle College of Engineering researchers also play prominent roles in the following collaborative research initiatives.

Joint Institute of Computational Science Logo

The JICS functions in tandem with ORNL’s terascale computer laboratories, and is currently is home to Titan, the newly configured Cray XK7 system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, recently officially sanctioned as the world’s fastest supercomputer. 

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Joint Institute for Advanced Material Logo

In 2005, $20 million in federal funding was secured for the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAM), a joint UT-ORNL institute for advanced materials multidisciplinary research in the transportation field. As a national leader in the field of materials research, the TCE will play a leading role in the research conducted at the facility. Construction of the 100,000 square foot building has begun and it is scheduled for completion in late 2013–early 2014.

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Shull Wollan Center Logo

The Shull Wollan Center is dedicated to promoting excellence in advancing the application of neutrons to the forefront of science and industry, and to the training and education of future researchers.

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