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About the College

About the College

Since 1838, the Tickle College of Engineering has been committed to graduating students who are ready to thrive in and contribute to the State of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. Programs spanning most major engineering fields are offered, with several nationally ranked among the top 30 of all public institutions.

Along with obtaining an excellent engineering education, our students are instilled with the Volunteer Values of lifelong learning, leading with integrity and innovation, inclusivity, active community engagement, and responsible resource management.

Our research portfolio spans eight departments of study, with particular clusters of strength in the areas of advanced manufacturing; next-generation materials; energy; environmental engineering, and healthcare, robotics, and smart technologies.

Many of our graduates have risen to top positions in industry, government, and academia, including nine astronauts who have literally risen, spending a collective 1,000 days (and counting!) in space.


The college is proud to have all of its twelve programs in engineering and computer science accredited.


Nomination information for faculty and staff awards as well as an archive of previous award recipients and previous winners of the Dougherty Award—the college’s top honor.

Board of Advisors

The college’s Board of Advisors consists of high-level managerial and technical executives from government, education, business, and industry. The board serves in an advisory capacity to the dean, administrative staff, department heads, faculty, and students of the college.

College History

The college’s origins date back to the 1800s, with the first engineering classes offered in 1838. Outstanding teachers and educators, innovative researchers, and transforming innovations are all part of engineering’s amazing journey at UT.

Facts and Stats

View some quick facts and statistics about the college and our faculty, students, and research productivity.

John D. Tickle

In 2016, the college was named for alumnus and long-time university and college benefactor John D. Tickle (IE ’65).

Mission and Vision Statements

The college is proud of its dedication to providing students of all types an accessible, top-quality engineering education, to advancing research for the betterment of society, and for serving the constituents of the State of Tennessee and beyond.

Visit Us

Come and meet our faculty, staff, and students, and visit our many facilities and buildings on the Hill. We would love to host you for a college tour and connect you with any department you’d like to visit.