In 1826, the UT Board of Trustees purchased property on what is known today as “The Hill.” The majority of the college’s buildings are currently located in this area. Engineering and technology facilities include:
Perkins Hall was constructed in 1943. The building is named after Charles A. Perkins who was the chair for the engineering department before it was established as a separate academic unit. The college’s administrative offices are located here, along with the Jerry E. Stoneking engage™ Engineering Fundamentals, Engineering Advising, Engineering Communications, the Cook Grand Challenge Honors program, the Office of Engineering Professional Practice, and the Office of Engineering Diversity Programs. Perkins Hall is also home to faculty in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering and laboratories for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Reliability and Maintainability Center.
Ferris was built in 1930 and was named after Charles E. Ferris, the first dean of the college and founder of the college’s cooperative engineering education program. The building houses the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, as well as some laboratories and offices of the Department of Nuclear Engineering.
The five-story, 110,000 square foot, award-winning John D. Tickle Engineering Building is on the lower southeast side of the Hill and faces Neyland Drive and the Tennessee River. The building was dedicated on October 4, 2013, and houses the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering. The building is named for John D. Tickle (BS/IE ’65), owner of Strongwell Corporation who provided significant funding for the facility. Strongwell Corporation also manufactured and donated the unique pedestrian bridge that links the building to the main engineering campus.
The 150,000 square-foot Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building opened in January 2012 and was dedicated with a gala ceremony on March 14, 2012. UT alumnus Min H. Kao, Chairman and CEO of Garmin International Inc., a world leader in GPS technology, committed to a transformational gift to the college, in part to construct this facility. The building is home to the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT).
Nathan W. Dougherty Engineering Building
Built in 1963, this building is named for Nathan Dougherty, dean of the college from 1940 until 1956. The facility is home to the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering. The national headquarters of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, is also located in Dougherty. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has instructional labs in Dougherty.
Zeanah Engineering Complex
The Zeanah Engineering Complex opened in the fall of 2021. This $129-million complex is the largest academic building on campus serves as the new home for the college’s administrative offices, the Department of Nuclear Engineering, the Jerry E. Stoneking engage Engineering Fundamentals and Joseph C. and Judith E. Cook Grand Challenge Honors programs, the Min H. and Yu-Fan Kao Innovation and Collaboration Studio, and many other laboratories for advanced engineering research.
The complex presents a new look for the university by creating a new entrance for campus via the Hill and surrounding areas. Learn more about the newest academic building at UT.
Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility and Engineering Annex
The Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility and Engineering Annex, located on White Avenue, features several laboratories with cutting-edge machines devoted to advanced manufacturing of composites typically containing carbon fiber and plastic resins. The center’s opening in the fall of 2016 is the latest success for the college, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and IACMI—the Composites Institute, all of which are pushing the frontier of manufacturing capabilities through multi-disciplinary research.
The Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing facility is located in a 140,000-square-foot mixed-use facility on the Research Park at Cherokee Farm. Tucked in a bend of the Tennessee River adjacent to Knoxville’s thriving city center, and 1.3 miles from the main campus of the University of Tennessee, IAMM anchors the Research Park and serves as a cornerstone for interdisciplinary research and innovation.
Science and Engineering Research Facility
Constructed in 1997, the Science and Engineering Research Facility (SERF), is a 230,000 square foot facility dedicated to research laboratories used by both the Tickle College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences. The college’s Scintillation Materials Research Center is also located in SERF.
Built in 2001, Senter Hall provides the college with nearly 10,000 square feet of laboratory space for four different departments, including the Ion Beam Materials Laboratory. Formerly known as the White Avenue Biology Annex, it was renamed Senter Hall in 2010 in honor of Tennessee Governor DeWitt Clinton Senter (1869–1871), whose actions preserved the land grant status of UT. Senter Hall is a shared facility with the College of Arts and Sciences.
In addition to its primary facilities, the college has office and laboratory space in several other buildings. Hoskins Library contains office space for TCE personnel using lab space in the nearby Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility and Engineering Annex and Senter Hall. The UT Conference Center building in downtown Knoxville is home to the college’s Center for Materials Processing, Reliability and Maintainability Center, and Center for Transportation Research as well as the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment. The Philander P. Claxton Education Building houses both the Center for Information Technology Research and the Innovative Computing Laboratory.
The college also has a significant presence at ORNL with the National Transportation Research Center (NTRC) facility on Hardin Valley Road. Faculty and staff from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Center for Transportation Research operate several laboratories at NTRC and are involved in collaborative efforts with ORNL researchers.
Former Engineering Buildings
In July 2018, Estabrook Hall was demolished to make way for the Zeanah Engineering Complex. Estabrook was built in 1898 but has primarily been vacant since 2015. In early July, a time capsule that had been placed in the building’s northwest cornerstone was retrieved and opened.
In July 2018, Pasqua Hall was demolished to make way for the Zeanah Engineering Complex. Earlier in the year, the Department of Nuclear Engineering moved to temporary quarters in the Nuclear Engineering Building (formerly the Geology & Geography Building) at the top of the Hill.
Built in 1925, Pasqua was originally constructed to function as the university’s power plant. It was renovated in 1973 to house the Department of Nuclear Engineering. In 1988, the building, unnamed since its construction in 1925, was designated Pasqua Hall in honor of Pietro F. Pasqua, the first head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, which was established in 1957.