Center for Manufacturing Research


Industry-Graduate Assistantship Program

The Center for Manufacturing Research works closely with high-tech manufacturing firms in the Southeast. The Industry-Graduate Assistantship Program at Tennessee Tech University will provide hands-on experience opportunities for full-time College of Engineering graduate students in the advanced manufacturing and product development industry. The program is focused on education and research and is supported through industry sponsors located in areas near Tennessee Tech. The program will provide industry-specific experience such as design and manufacturing including vehicle components while the student pursues a graduate engineering degree at Tennessee Tech. Industry has expressed the need for majors including mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering, manufacturing engineering technology, and computer science. As part of this program you will work on applied research problems with immediate need to the manufacturing industry. The Industry-Graduate Assistantship Program will provide competitive salary for qualified engineering student candidates. Much of your work will occur off-campus at the local industry. As part of this program, you may spend specific periods for training and exposure to the U.S. automotive design or related industries at a sponsor's research headquarters. Potential sponsors include Ficosa, Calsonic, and Bridgestone. For more information please contact Professor Stephen Canfield,, 931-372-3254 or Professor Vahid Motevalli,, 931-372-3831.

Explore the CMR's Capabilities in Additive Manufacturing

3D Microscopy Services Available

A recent addition to the CMR laboratories is the Zygo NewView 6300 3D Microscope. This equipment can be used for surface profiling, surface roughness testing and step height measurement, among other applications. TTU researchers may use this equipment free of charge. External clients may contact Michelle Davis at or 931-372-6386 for more information.

NewView 6300 3D Microscope Specifications