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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
  • College growth has doubled in the following areas:
    • Student population
    • Annual PhD graduates
    • Endowed faculty positions are now 37, based on $19M of endowed funds
    • Research expenditures, to more than $81 million per year
  • Full–time faculty has grown by 50%
  • Current $200M college campaign 90% achieved to date
  • 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 groundbreaking of a new $129 million engineering complex
  • Adding of four named professors of practice
  • Increasing partnerships and research with the various laboratories in Oak Ridge and with businesses throughout Tennessee

After nearly 10 years serving as dean of engineering, Wayne Davis was called upon in May 2018, to postpone his retirement and serve as interim chancellor for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Davis served in faculty and administrative roles at UT for nearly 44 years, including stints as assistant dean of the Graduate School from 1985 through 1988 and as its associate dean from 1988 through 1991.

“As an alumnus of the college, I take great pride in the strides that have been made, the goals that we have met, and the obstacles we have overcome as a team. I am honored to have been a part of this exciting journey, and look forward to seeing our faculty and students continue to solve the challenges of tomorrow.”—Dean Wayne Davis

Read more about Dean Davis’s time at the Tickle College of Engineering.

Interim Chancellor Wayne Davis

Interim Chancellor Wayne Davis

The college is being led by Interim Dean Mark Dean, the John Fisher Distinguished Professor. Prior to joining the faculty of the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2013, Dean worked for more than three decades at IBM, serving as chief technology officer of the Middle East and Africa. Dean received his BS in electrical engineering from UT in 1979, his MS from Florida Atlantic University in 1982, and his PhD from Stanford University in 1992. Dean is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Inventors.

Interim Dean Mark Dean

Interim Dean Mark Dean

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Knoxville is just a 45-minute drive from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 30 minutes from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and less than half a day's drive from five major cities and several beach destinations. Many companies have chosen to house their headquarters in East Tennessee, including some of the Tickle College of Engineering's major corporate partners.

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The search for the next dean of the Tickle College of Engineering is beginning now. A search advisory committee has been formed led by Steve Mangum, dean of the Haslam College of Business. The rest of the committe includes:

  • Suresh Babu, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing
  • Chris Cox, department head and Robert M. Condra Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Bill Eversole, CEO of Bandspeed Inc., alumnus, and member of the board of advisors for the Tickle College of Engineering
  • Paul Frymier, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and interim associate dean for faculty affairs in the Tickle College of Engineering
  • John Kobza, professor and head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Rachel McCord, lecturer and research assistant professor in the Jerry E. Stoneking engage Engineering Fundamentals program
  • Nicole McFarlane, associate professor in the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Jeff Nichols, associate laboratory director, Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate, ORNL
  • Claudia Rawn, associate professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Center for Materials Processing
  • Brian Shupe, executive director of development for the Tickle College of Engineering
  • Gila Stein, Prados Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Mark Whorton, executive director of the UT Space Institute
  • Brian Wirth, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Computational Nuclear Engineering