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Students step into hands-on engineering experiences from their first day on campus, as the complex's intentional design welcomes them to their first-year experience. Classroom design steps firmly away from the historic lecture-hall setting and gives students space to work together for problem-solving and building their engineering mindset. As they advance, flexible-use laboratories afford space and opportunity for advanced research.

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Engineering Fundamentals

The Jerry E. Stoneking engage Engineering Fundamentals Program is one of the most innovative of its kind in the nation. It takes a leading-edge, success-oriented approach to first-year engineering education, placing problem solving through collaboration as a priority. Students learn intrinsic engineering perspectives from their first day in the program, and build a foundation in teamwork and communication.

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Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program

The Joseph C. and Judith E. Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program is named for alumnus Joe Cook, who graduated as an industrial engineer and a Torchbearer in 1965, and his wife, Judy. The program offers a high level of intellectual challenges and broader educational experiences for our undergraduate students. These opportunities prepare our students to become highly competitive engineers and to successfully take on the grand challenges of the twenty-first century, such as securing cyberspace, engineering better medicines, and providing access to clean water.

Student working with woodworking equipment in the ICS Lab

A Space for Makers

The Min H. and Yu Fan Kao Innovation and Collaboration Studio provides students with the resources of technology, tools, and knowledge in order to help them to turn inspiration into reality. Engineering Vols collaborate with colleagues and staff to create everything from 3D printing parts to programming microcontrollers.

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Nuclear Engineering

Our top-ranked Department of Nuclear Engineering, established in 1957, was the first such dedicated department and continues to be one of the most prestigious in the United States. Our graduate program is consistently ranked as one of the top in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Our faculty is internationally recognized for excellence in research and teaching, and our advanced research programs are enhanced by close ties with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex, UCOR, at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), and more than one hundred nuclear related companies located within fifty miles of Knoxville.