UT expanding automotive engineering course offerings

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In response to the growing importance of auto manufacturing in the state of Tennessee, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering announced that it is developing a graduate-level automotive engineering concentration that will begin in fall 2016.

“This is a significant step for both our university and our college,” College of Engineering Dean Wayne Davis said in a press release announcing the program. “This presents an opportunity for us to take even more of a role in preparing students for the ever-changing workforce and to solidify our place in the economic development of the state.”

While many of the master’s and doctoral level classes will be housed in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science also plan to begin automotive-focused graduate-level concentrations.

Additionally, significant coursework supporting these concentrations will come from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, among others, spreading the impact of the new offerings across the college.

“Clearly, this is not only a move to have our engineers be prepared for the workforce after graduation, but also a response to the major role that the automotive industry is playing in our state,” said Matthew Mench, head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering. “As Tennessee’s flagship university, part of our mission is to help the state succeed. Read more…

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