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Corporate Partnerships

Corporate and Government Partnerships

The Tickle 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:


This NSF/DOE-funded research center was established in part because of the strength of its planned industry partnerships that span from power-generation companies to technology companies to new start-ups

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The Eastman connection dates back decades and is clearly among our strongest partnerships. Research funding, corporate philanthropy, student Capstone Design Projects, interaction in the Process-Control Lab, and extensive co-op and internship experiences are all important components of this expanding relationship. UT engineering alumni are prominent in Eastman’s leadership team and are a vibrant part of its global workforce.

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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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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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Through joint institutes, joint faculty members, jointly supervised graduate students and undergraduate research supervision, the efforts of the College in energy, materials, and security research are richly entwined with ORNL’s mission and goals.

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In the early 2000s, Siemens stepwise increased the College’s growing knowledge and experience in crystal synthesis and characterization by providing financial, personnel, and equipment support to establish the Scintillation Materials Research Center. This relationship continues to expand and has diversified to include governmental support.

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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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Governor’s Chair Program

Funded by the state and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the program attracts top researchers to broaden and enhance the unique research partnership that exists between the University of Tennessee—the state’s flagship university—and the nation’s largest multi-program laboratory.

More than a dozen of the nation’s top research authorities serve as Governor’s Chairs, working jointly at UT and ORNL.

The program seeks to hire as many as twenty scientists for existing institutes operated jointly by UT and ORNL in the areas of advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, biological sciences, energy sciences, nuclear security, and urban design.

Learn more about the Governor’s Chair Program.

The Bredesen Center

The Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education unites resources and capabilities from the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to promote advanced research and to provide innovative solutions to global challenges in energy, engineering, and computation.

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