The college is home to a number of research centers, which reflect our range of partners, our commitment to translational research, and our diversity of funding sources.
Center for Materials Processing
Designated by the state of Tennessee as a Center of Excellence, CMP’s research efforts focus on the control of material properties through their composition and molecular structure as well as how these factors relate to materials processing. Participating researchers come from all engineering disciplines.
Center for Transportation Research
CTR, a nationally and internationally recognized research entity, was created in 1970 to foster and facilitate interdisciplinary research, public service, and outreach in the field of transportation.
The Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT) was founded for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) prestigious Engineering Research Center program. Funded for $32.5 million over 10 years by the NSF and the US Department of Energy, it is the first center of its kind at UT. The center works closely with industrial partners, and its research focuses on improving the nation’s electric power transmission system.
Innovative Computing Laboratory
Jack Dongarra, a Distinguished Scientist in the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UT and a Distinguished Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory founded the Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL) in 1989. ICL is a world leader in enabling technologies and software for scientific computing.
Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment
ISSE promotes the development of policies, technologies, and educational programs in response to pressing environmental issues facing the state, the nation, and the world. The institute’s interdisciplinary research includes water resources, environmental security, energy and environmental policy research, education and social perspectives, agriculture and natural resources, and environmental sustainability.
Reliability and Maintainability Center
RMC is a university–industry association dedicated to improving industrial productivity, efficiency, safety, and profitability through the use of management systems, analysis techniques, and advanced predictive and preventive technologies to identify, manage, and eliminate failures.
Scintillation Materials Research Center
The SMRC focuses the academic resources of several departments on research projects dedicated to the development of innovative materials for state-of-the-art radiation sensors and imaging systems. It conducts both basic research and research based on the scintillation material needs of private industry and national laboratories. Scintillator development is crucial to the advancement of a variety of commercial and scientific applications.