Graduate Assistantships

Ph.D. and M.S. program applicants are sought for Fall 2019.

Several teaching and research assistantships are available for highly qualified M.S. and Ph.D. applicants to the graduate programs in the College of Engineering.

Graduate research assistantships (GRA) are typically awarded annually and are renewable based on performance and availability of funds. Research assistantships for externally funded grants are specific to the project needs. The College of Engineering has three Centers of Excellence: Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center (CEROC); Center for Energy Systems Research (CESR); and Center for Manufacturing Research (CMR), which also provide Graduate Research Assistantships. Graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) are based on the instructional needs of departments. All assistantship awards are competitive and require admission on a full standing. Continuation and renewal of assistantships are based on students maintaining good academic standing, satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Below are the anticipated GTA and GRA positions for Fall 2019: 

College of Engineering 

  • GRA – 2-3 positions, available in any of the Ph.D. program disciplines

Chemical Engineering

  • GTA – 2 positions – Assisting faculty in lectures, labs and grading

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • GTA – 2 positions – Assisting faculty in lectures, labs and grading
  • GRA – Field-scale hydrologic monitoring, wetland hydrology and water management (up to two Ph.D. GRA positions) – Contact Alfred Kalyanapu, Ph.D. at Visit for more information.

Computer Science

  • GTA – 4-5 positions – Assisting faculty in lectures, labs and grading
  • GRA – 8-10 positions working with the new faculty in areas such as: cybersecurity, software engineering, machine learning, and high performance computing
  • GRA – High Performance Computing, Cyber Security (up to two Ph.D. GRA positions) – Contact Sheikh Ghafoor, Ph.D. at

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • GRA – 1 position - Ph.D. level - Cybersecurity related research, preferred to have expertise in security, machine learning, cryptography and networking. – Contact Mohamed Mahmoud, Mohamed, Ph.D. at

General and Basic Engineering

  • GTA – One position, M.S. applicant in Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering program – Assist faculty in lectures, labs and grading

Mechanical Engineering

  • GTA – 6-8 positions at M.S. or Ph.D. level – Assisting faculty in lectures, labs and grading
  • GRA – M.S., Industrial energy efficiency improvement and combined heat and power – Contact Ethan Languri, Ph.D. at
  • GRA – Ph.D., Nanodiamond-based thermal fluids for thermal management of electronics – An experimental and numerical study – Contact Ethan Languri at


  • GRA (M.S. only) - 3 positions for the NSF Cybercorps program fellowships.


  • GRA – 1 position - Ph.D. Level - Wireless Power Transfer – Contact Charles Van Neste, Ph.D. at
  • GRA – 1 position - Ph.D. Level- EV Charging, Fiber Optic Power Transmission – Contact Satish M. Mahajan, Ph.D. at

CMR – GRA positions supporting the CMR research areas.

  • GRA – M.S. level, one position.
  • GRA - Ph.D., up to 3 positions, supporting advance manufacturing research

For general information about graduate programs at Tennessee Tech University, please email or visit Graduate Studey Admissions webpageDepartmental websites provide additional information for the M.S. and Ph.D. program focus in each area.

For additional information, please contact Vahid Motevalli, Ph.D., associate dean for Research and Innovation, College of Engineering, at

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