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University of Tennessee, Knoxville - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science

Developing bioenergy and bioproduct processes, from harvesting and handling to extraction and production; developing sensors, instrumentation systems, and analytical tools for monitoring human, animal, plant, and ecosystem health, and for developing sustainable agriculture; describing interactions between materials and soil matrices in terms of biological activity and biogeochemistry, including nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, and the impact of those cycles on climate change ; developing tools and techniques to improve stormwater management, including hydrological monitoring and modeling, soil erosion estimation and control, Low Impact Development, and protection of urban and rural water quality; improving precision agriculture technology in terms of soil-machine interactions and spray technology; characterizing off-road vehicle mobility and safety.  

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Engineering of soft, functional, and structural materials, computational material engineering and science, complex fluids, molecular modeling and simulations, molecular and cellular bioengineering and nanobiotechnology, computational bioengineering and biophysics, system and synthetic biology, energy conversion and storage, photovoltaic and photocatalytic materials, bio-fuels. Catalysis and surface sciences, membrane sciences and technolgoy, ionic liquids.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Transportation safety and traffic operations; structural health monintoring; testing, behavior, and modeling of highway and construction materials; geotechnical and earthquake engineering; air pollution dispersion modeling; water and wastewater treatment; fate and transport of contaminants and groundwater hydrology; erosion and sediment transport; behavior of multi-fuctional infrastructure materials - nano to macro scale; climate change and engineering impact on environment.

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Computer engineering: networks, image and information processing, embedded systems, reconfigurable computing, microelectronics, VLSI, computer vision, and robotics. Computer Science: scientific computation, parallel processing, bioinformatics, visualization, machine intelligence, genetic algorithms, software engineering, graph theory, image processing, graphical user interfaces, distributed computing, networking, high performance computing, data analytics, cybersecurity. Electrical Engineering: antennas, communications, control systems, electronics, embedded systems, electromagnetics, microwaves, MEMS/NEMS, power electronics, power systems.

Industrial & Systems Engineering

Transportation, logistics and Supply chain modeling, operations research applied to the healthcare and auto industry, dependability and reliability of systems and organizations, Integration of reliability principles with lean systems, data mining, new product developmental and engineering management entrepreneurship.

Materials Science & Engineering

Advanced structural materials; functional materials (electronic, magnetic & optical); mechanical behavior; nanoindentation; neutron materials science; laser processing; polymer processing and characterization; welding and joining; radiation effects in materials.

Mechanical, Aerospace, & Biomedical Engineering

Additive manufacturing; electrochemical energy conversion and storage; fluid structure interaction; human networking; bio-inspired design and propulsion; plasma dynamics; Micro/nano fluidics and heat transfer; Nanomechanics, nanomaterials, and nanotechnology; robotics and automation; inverse problems in heat transfer, sensors; electromechanical actuators; automotive systems, alternative fuels, emissions control ; computational fluid dynamics, computational solid mechanics; nonlinear and passivity controls, . Atmospheric re-entry mechanics, hybrid rocket propulsion, laser induced plasma spectroscopy and unsteady aerodynamics and aeroelasticity . Biomechanics, total joint replacement engineering and analysis, in vivo bio-sensing, bio-imaging, bio-robotics, RF surgical navigation, bone structure characterization, bio-materials, cell and micro,nano-scale science and engineering for bio-systems.

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear fuels and materials, nuclear security, health physics, medical physics, radiation detection and safeguards, nuclear fuel cycles, advanced modeling and simulation, nuclear criticality safety, reactor safety and thermalhydraulics, instrumentation and controls,nuclear fusion technology, reactor physics and design, reliability and maintainability.


Advanced aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, hypersonics and fluid mechanics including air-breathing, rocket and space propulsion; space environment research; advanced flight control/in-flight simulation; smart structures and advanced sensors; atmospheric monitoring and airborne sensing; materials processing utilizing lasers; direct metal deposition, nanomaching, single molecule spectroscopy and chemotaxis in micro- and nanofluidics nano-fluidic channels; molecular imprinted polymers; chemical sensors; carbon fiber production; carbon based composite materials and surface activation research and development.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center

Center for Materials Processing

The Center for Materials Processing (CMP) is a state Center of Excellence focusing on the science and technology associated with materials processing and supports teaching and conducting basic and applied research emphasizing relationships between processing, structure on various scales, and properties of all classes of materials. The CMP supports graduate and undergraduate students in reseach focusing on improving existing processing and synthesis techniques and developing new materials and technologies. The CMP also fosters interdisciplinary activities and establishes partnerships with industries and other institutions as appropriate. Research areas include welding and joining, polymer engineering and processing, biomaterials, radiation effects, and crystal growth.

Center for Transportation Research

The Center for Transportation Research is nationally and internationally known for its research and training in a variety of fields, especially transportation safety. The center has over 65 regular staff of its own in addition to the faculty and students from various academic departments who work on Center projects. The Center's research sponsors include Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Department of Safety, and several private corporations.

Center for Ultra-Wide-Area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks

CURENT is developing technologies to allow reliable operation of the electric transmission infrastructure across vast distances and over multiple time scales. CURENT’s emphasis is on real-time information and intelligence for a resilient electric grid by adopting new technologies for system wide measurements, high power electronics based actuation, control methodologies, large system modeling and simulation.

Engineering Fundamentals

The Engineering Fundamentals conducts research in the area of engineering education, particularly in the areas of pedagogy and retention. The primary sponsor is the National Science Foundation.

Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment

The Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) seeks to promote the development of policies, technologies, and educational programs that cut across multiple disciplines, engage the university’s research faculty and staff, and grow in response to pressing environmental and security issues facing the state, the nation, and the globe. ISSE’s specialized centers, programs, and initiatives address a range of issues that fall under the broad rubric of sustainability.

Reliability and Maintainability Center

The Reliability and Maintainability Center (RMC) is an industry-sponsored center dedicated to improved industrial productivity and safety through advances in maintenance and reliability engineering. The RMC activities include an academic program for engineering students, a graduate studies program for professionals working in the field, a research and technology assessment program, an information transfer program to facilitate information exchange throughout industry, and a business management methods development program. About 50 U.S. corporations currently support the RMC program.

Scintillation Materials Research Center

Experimental and theoretical approaches to materials discovery and materials engineering; single crystal growth via Czochralski and directional solidification techniques; structural, thermodynamic, and functional characterization of scintillation materials; energy migration and non-proportionality mechanisms in scintillation materials; scale-up of materials synthesis for applications in medical imaging, homeland security, and energy.