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Welcome from the Dean

Headshot of Joseph C SlaterWhether you are a prospective student, an employer, or parent, you’ll find that engineering and computer science at Tennessee Tech is one of the best opportunities in the nation. Our programs are recognized by employers for producing outstanding engineers, computer scientists and engineering technologists. Our alumni are the backbone of engineering for numerous engineering firms in Tennessee. Many have gone on to be leaders in federal agencies both inside Tennessee and throughout the nation. Our graduates go on to become leaders in multinational corporations while many of out our PhD graduates are leaders in higher education.

Our passion for science and technology combined with our love for teaching fuses the best of research universities and purely teaching schools all in one college. Our students are known for their ability to fuse complex analysis with hand-on skills. They make the buildings we live in, the roads we drive on, and cars we drive on them. Working in both industry and the federal government, they defend our nation from cyber attacks each and every day. They pour molten metal in our foundry- one of only 16 in the nation and soon to be one of the most capable educational foundries in the world, and learn hands on skills with both advanced manufacturing equipment and common manufacturing equipment. Our graduates produce the tools needed to secure our health and design the controllers for our factories. Explore our programs and you will see that this is just a small piece of what our students learn.

Our faculty are leaders in their respective fields working closely with the National Science Foundation on numerous projects, with further collaborations with the Department of defense and the Tennessee Valley Authority while serving as leaders in professional societies such as The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Women in Cybersecurity (WiSyS)- which was founded by Tennessee Tech.

It’s no surprise that we are the home to one the largest STEM focused career fair in the south-eastern US with 156 companies attending the Engineering Career Fair. From nano-materials to mechatronics, and from wireless power to protecting our water resources, Tennessee Tech’s College of Engineering leads the way in the discovery, development, and teaching the skills of today and tomorrow.  Welcome to the home of tomorrows leaders.

Sincerely, 

Joseph C. Slater, Ph.D., P.E.

Dean | College of Engineering
Professor | Mechanical Engineering
jslater@tntech.edu

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