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Emma Betters works with a machine at ORNL

Facilities & Research

The college boasts state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories too numerous to name. From the Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing and Scintillation Materials Research Center to the Ion Bean Materials Laboratory and the NSF- and DoE-backed Engineering Research Center CURENT, we offer a wide breath of facilities to support a multitude of research thrusts. Additionally, the UT Space Institute includes high-speed wind tunnels and flow diagnostics labs for a variety of applications.

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In addition, thanks to the college’s collaborative, decades-long partnership with ORNL, many joint research opportunities are available to both students and faculty at ORNL’s facilities. The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, which has 3D printed both sports cars and houses; the Spallation Neutron Source, the world’s leading center for the study of materials through neutron scattering; and Summit, one of the world’s fastest and newest supercomputers, are but a few of the facilities we leverage to conduct research together.

“I really appreciate the feeling of community that exists in the CEE department. As a graduate student, I’ve received a ton of support and assistance with my research from professors, folks in the administration, and other students. My favorite memories during my time in CEE are tied to my research projects – whether they were finishing the installation phase of a project I had designed in the field, getting an experiment up and running in a greenhouse, or completing field work activities out on a research site.”

—Andrew Tirpak, PhD ’18, CEE

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