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College of Engineering

welcomeWelcome to the Tennessee Tech University College of Engineering website. Students are the focal point of our faculty and staff. At Tech, we have a distinguished and long-standing heritage of producing some of the most outstanding engineers, computer scientists and engineering technologists in the United States.

Our graduates have the potential to transform society through creative and innovative applications of technology to improve our quality of life.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to prospective students, parents and others who have shown an interest in our programs. It is my hope that you will find in Tech an engineering college that is both challenging and rewarding.

The bachelor’s degrees offered by the college include chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and engineering technology. Undergraduate students can live in the Engineering Village. The Engineering Village is a smaller and more personal group within the university to enhance student-faculty interaction beyond the classroom and to increase positive student connections. TTU also has seamless transfer programs with all community colleges in the state. The College of Engineering recently established a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology with Volkswagen Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Community College. As a student in the College of Engineering, you have access to the Clay N. Hixson Student Success Center. Visit Clay N. Hixson Student Success Center where you will learn about the resources available to you.

Master’s degrees are offered in chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering. A Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering is available through the chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, computer science and mechanical engineering departments. Undergraduate students can also get ahead on earning a graduate degree by enrolling in a fast-track program and getting their MS degree in five years. The College has two Centers of Excellence: the Center for Energy Systems Research and the Center for Manufacturing Research. Undergraduates carry out research projects in these centers and other laboratories in the College and across campus.

Tech student teams participate in many exciting design competitions, and tend to do extremely well. The Society of Automotive Engineers Baja team is a world leader, taking first place 12 times. The closest competitor has six first-place finishes.

Tennessee Tech University is a special place, and an education in engineering, computer science or engineering technology here offers special opportunities. Our alumni have distinguished themselves in many fields, and we believe that our current students will achieve even more. The faculty, staff and administration of the College of Engineering are dedicated to producing undergraduate and graduate students who will shape the future in which we live.

I invite prospective students to visit the campus, tour our facilities, meet our dedicated faculty and students and discover whether Tech is the place for you.

With warm regards,

Joseph J. Rencis, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASEE, F.ASME

Dean of Engineering, Clay N. Hixson Chair for Engineering Leadership and

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

2015-2016 ASEE President (

Tennessee Technological University

1010 North Peachtree

Clement Hall 201

Cookeville, TN 38505

Office: 931-372-3172

FAX: 931-372-6172



Joseph J. Rencis Biographical Sketch