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The University of Tennessee
Energy Science and Engineering PhD Program

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Energy Science and Engineering

Applications due January 30, 2012.

The Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (CIRE) has created a graduate program focused on the science and engineering behind the energy needs and issues facing the United States. CIRE brings together extensive and complementary resources at University of Tennesse, Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to increase science, technology, engineering, and mathematics academic and research activities of national significance focused on energy-related science and engineering.

With the combined resources of a comprehensive research university and a major national laboratory, the UTK-ORNL Energy Science and Engineering (ESE) graduate program provides fellowship opportunities for students seeking a PhD to pursue basic research and innovation, advance interdisciplinary research, and accelerate development and deployment of new technologies

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy's largest science and energy laboratory, has research expertise in neutron science, energy, advanced materials, supercomputing, national security, and more. ORNL also has such internationally recognized research facilities as the Spallation Neutron Source; the High Flux Isotope Reactor; and Jaguar, the world's fastest supercomputer. Students will have opportunities to work at these facilities with ORNL researchers.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a major public research university with research expertise in nuclear engineering, materials science, nuclear physics, grid development and management, power electronics, energy storage, environmental science and engineering, and bioenergy, grants the degrees offered through the program and provides faculty mentors for many of the research projects.


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Contact Information

Lee Riedinger
Professor of Physics
Director of Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education

Wanda Davis
Assistant to the Director

322 Perkins Hall
1506 Middle Drive
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN 37996