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The college has begun a search for the next dean of engineering—the Wayne T. Davis Endowed Dean’s Chair. With tremendous growth over the past ten years, the college is looking for someone with the enthusiasm and vision to continue to propel the college forward for the next ten years and beyond.


The college has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. The last decade alone has seen:

  • The naming of the college as the Tickle College of Engineering in 2016
  • Growth in student population by almost 2,000
  • Doctoral enrollment and annual PhD graduates have nearly doubled
  • The creation of a Diversity Action Plan
  • Endowed faculty positions have more than doubled to 39
  • Adding of 33 new full-time faculty positions since 2011
  • More than doubling of research expenditures to more than $83 million per year since 2011
  • Exceeding our most recent development campaign goal of $200M
  • Growing the college’s endowment to $83M
  • Opening of the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building, the John D. Tickle Engineering Building, the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials, and the 228,000-square-foot Zeanah Engineering Complex (to open this fall)
  • Adding of two named professors of practice
  • Increasing partnerships and research with the various laboratories in Oak Ridge and with businesses throughout Tennessee

The college’s progress is continuing with the Gateway to Engineering—the Zeanah Engineering Complex, set to open for the Fall 2021 semester. Inside, students will begin their journey into engineering through the Jerry E. Stoneking engage Engineering Fundamentals and Cook Grand Challenge Honors programs.

Quick Facts

  • The largest academic building on campus
  • $129 million, 228,000-square-foot building
  • More than 40 percent of the building is flexible laboratory space that can be used by all engineering disciplines.
  • The Min H. and Yu Fan. Kao Innovation and Collaboration Studio will provide students of all levels hands-on experiences from their first day on campus through state-of-the-art equipment and space for creativity, innovation, and discovery.
  • The new home of the top-ranked Department of Nuclear Engineering, including enhancements for their research and activity.
  • The new home of the college’s administrative suite and student support units
  • The northern entrance opens to the Hill—the historic heart of the university
  • The southern entrance features the Min H. and Yu Fan Kao Innovation and Collaboration Studio where student design and exploration can lead to future technologies and devices
  • A fourth-floor outdoor terrace facing the Tennessee River which, when combined with adjacent indoor space, can hold a gathering of 100 people
South Side Entrance of Zeanah Engineering Complex

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