There are three centers of excellence funded by the State of Tennessee at TTU; Center for Manufacturing Research (CMR) https://www.tntech.edu/engineering/research/cmr/; Center for Engineering Systems Research (CESR) https://www.tntech.edu/engineering/research/cesr/welcome/; and the Water Center https://www.tntech.edu/research/faculty-research-directory/centers-and-facilities/wrc/. There is also the Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center (CEROC) https://www.tntech.edu/ceroc/.
The Centers of Excellence provide valuable support to research and graduate studies of CoE through both administrative and technical support.
CMR and CESR have R&D engineers on their staffs in support of externally funded research and Center supported research. They provide valuable support to undergraduate and graduate students in conduct of their research. In order to avail yourself to such support, you must initiate such a request through your faculty advisor.