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About UT’s Engineering Departments

The videos below feature departmental students and faculty introducing their disciplines. We hope this will provide potential students information useful in making their career choices.

Biosystems Engineering

Biosystems engineering uses engineering science and mathematics to address opportunities and problems in biological, environmental, ecological and agricultural systems. Biosystems engineering degrees are offered through a collaboration between the Tickle College of Engineering and the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science in the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Chemical engineering deals with the development, design, operation and management of plants and processes for economical, safe conversion of chemical raw materials to useful products. Biomolecular engineering encompasses system biology, protein engineering, and personalized and nano medicine. The department also offers a program of study in sustainable energy, which includes biofuels, photovoltaics and fuel cells.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Civil engineering is concerned with designing the infrastructure of a society. This encompasses construction, transportation, energy needs and the design and development of urban areas. Environmental engineering works to solve problems with pollution and waste disposal and managing and minimizing damage to communities from water and other natural sources.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Electrical engineering deals with the application of physical laws governing charged particles. This field impacts many aspects of modern life, from miniature integrated circuits to power systems spanning international boundaries. Computer engineers work with digital processing of images and signals. The study of computer science emphasizes hardware, software and theory.

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Industrial and Systems Engineering

Industrial and systems engineering is concerned with the design of integrated systems involving people, materials, information, equipment and energy in order to achieve the most efficient function possible while still taking human factors into consideration.

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Materials Science and Engineering

Materials science and engineering is primarily involved with the search for basic knowledge of the internal structure and properties of materials. Developments in materials science and engineering are on the cutting edge of modern technology, as new and improved materials are critical to the development of advanced products.

Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering

Mechanical engineering focuses on the development of mechanical and thermal-fluid science systems that emphasize energy conversion and fluid dynamics. Aerospace engineering involves the design, testing and manufacturing of aircraft and spacecraft. Biomedical engineering is concerned with the design, development and manufacturing of artificial extensions and implants to assist movement in the human body, such as knee joint replacements.

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Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear engineering focuses on the application of sub-atomic processes for the benefit of both humanity and the environment. Traditional nuclear engineering involves working with reactor system analysis, safety and design, as well as other factors involved with reactor operation. The department also offers a track in radiological engineering, which involves the design and safe use of radiation in industry and medicine.

More About the Tickle College of Engineering

Check out some videos about the Tickle College of Engineering, undergraduate research at UT, Josh Dobbs’ internship at Pratt & Whitney, and a special message from Astronaut Barry Wilmore.

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