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Weekend edition June 28, 2024 | Katelyn Keenehan

UTK’s Nuclear Engineering program ranked 5th best in the country

Nine graduate engineering programs at UTK are ranked in the top 40 among public institutions.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), has once again proven its excellence in engineering education, as reflected in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools 2024 rankings, which were unveiled on June 18.

The Tickle College of Engineering at UTK has achieved impressive standings, placing 29th among public institutions and 53rd nationally. Among its standout programs, the Nuclear Engineering program continues to shine, ranking 5th among public institutions and 6th nationally, reaffirming its position as a leader in the field.

In total, nine graduate engineering programs at UTK are ranked in the top 40 among public institutions, with five of these in the top 30. The detailed rankings for UTK’s engineering programs among public institutions are:

  • Nuclear Engineering: 5th
  • Biosystems Engineering (Herbert College of Agriculture): 19th
  • Materials Science: 24th
  • Aerospace Engineering: 26th
  • Electrical Engineering: 29th
  • Computer Engineering: 32nd
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering: 33rd
  • Mechanical Engineering: 37th
  • Civil Engineering: 38th

Matthew Mench, Dean, and Wayne T. Davis Dean’s Chair of the Tickle College of Engineering, celebrated the college’s achievements.

“The Tickle College of Engineering has never been in a better position, and these rankings serve as confirmation of that. With the added measure of quality of research publications and citations to the algorithm, the rankings are a reflection of what we already knew to be true: TCE is among the very top distinguished colleges of engineering. We are in a period of strategic growth, and it is only fitting that our highest ranking ever comes in the midst of that. I have never been more excited for the future of the college,” Mench said.

Similarly, David White, interim Dean of the Herbert College of Agriculture, expressed pride in their Biosystems Engineering program’s sustained excellence.

“That our Biosystems Engineering graduate program within the Herbert College of Agriculture sustained top rankings again for a second consecutive year is a testament to the excellent work of our faculty, staff, and graduate students. We look forward to continuing to build on the strengths of our BSE program with new faculty hires and innovative agricultural and biological systems programming designed to position our students for success beyond the classroom,” he said.

These accolades exemplify UTK’s commitment to providing top-tier education and innovative research opportunities, reinforcing its standing among the nation’s premier institutions for graduate engineering education.

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