College of Engineering

About the College

Tennessee Polytechnic Institute

Engineering began here in 1949 with the population and enrollment boom of the post-World War II era, the programs were expanded into five schools: Agriculture and Home Economics, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Engineering creating an instructional mix very close to that of Tennessee Tech today. These five schools were reorganized into colleges in 1965, when Tennessee Polytechnic Institute gained university status, becoming Tennessee Technological University. In 1980, the university’s new School of Nursing and the Joe L. Evins Appalachian Center for Crafts began their B.S. and B.F.A. programs.

Tech Today

From the beginning, Tennessee Tech has been known as Tennessee’s technological university, and despite the political rivalries of the early part of the century, Tennessee Tech has flourished. All of Tennessee Tech’s undergraduate programs meet established academic quality standards as rated in external peer reviews. The university is also only the second public university to receive a Tennessee Quality Award.

Since Tennessee Tech was established, the university has blossomed from three buildings located on the fringes of a daisy field to an 87-building complex situated on 235 acres. The faculty have grown from the 13 men and women whose responsibilities included greeting students at the Tennessee Central depot to about 370 today. Curricula have changed from programs leading to high school and associate’s degrees to undergraduate and graduate programs, including the M.B.A., the Ed.S., and the Ph.D. in education, engineering and environmental sciences. From the first class of 19 students, Tennessee Tech’s enrollment has grown to more than 11,500. Among the 65,000-plus men and women who have received degrees from Tennessee Tech are the former president of Boeing Corp., a two-time space shuttle astronaut, an NFL pro-bowl player, a New York Times assistant managing editor, a country music superstar, and a four-star general.

The College of Engineering at Tennessee Tech University Tomorrow

Our Strategic Plan outlines the vision for the future of the College of Engineering.


To Graduate Innovative Engineers Who Solve Technological Challenges To Meet Societal Needs.


Engineers Revolutionizing Engineering To Solve Societal Problems

Core Values

The College core values underscore and support its vision and mission through its commitment to ASPIRE to greatness.

  • Aim High
  • Students First
  • Professionalism
  • Innovation
  • Recognition
  • Eminence