Research & Economic Development

Centers and Facilities

The on-campus Centers are important tools in bringing together cooperating interdisciplinary research teams of faculty and students from various departments, schools and research units. Each Center strives to use present education resources to achieve excellence; to support economic development in the state; to enhance the intellectual, cultural and social climate for Tennessee citizens; to use external sources to improve research; and to attract nationally and internationally recognized faculty to Tennessee institutions.

Core Facilities

The core facilities section includes information on the university's labs available for faculty and student research.

The Center for Energy Systems Research

Focuses on providing solutions to problems faced by energy producers and consumers, and research on renewable energy, smart grid power systems, power electronics, among others.

The Center for Manufacturing Research

Focuses on three research areas: advanced manufacturing, materials for energy storage and conversion, and networking and algorithm for big data.

The Center for the Management, Utilization and Protection of Water Resources

Focuses on research in biodiversity and sustainability, enabling technologies and tools, water security and sustainability, and the water-energy-food nexus.

Innovative facility in support of a campus-wide initiative to enhance existing STEM education models and develop new educational strategies in STEM-related fields.

Through TTU's School of Art, Craft and Design, promotes excellence in American craft through tradition and innovation in technique, concept and design.

Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center (CEROC)

Integrates university-wide existing activities and initiatives in cybersecurity education, research and outreach toward finding solutions to security and privacy problems in cyberspace.


Provides a place for students and faculty to imagine, inspire and innovate, using immersive reality technologies in a three-dimensional environment.

Center for Assessment and Improvement of Learning

Offers the Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT) for assessing students' academic weaknesses and improving critical thinking skills.

Pharmaceutical Processing Center (No website available, Center under development)

Provides pharmaceutical processing solutions and clinical-grade investigational materials.

Tennessee Poultry Science Excellence (No website available, Center under development)

$2.1 million facility to provide both educational and research hands-on opportunities related to food science, processing and handling, and food security.