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A significant portion of the research and development program of the Center is supported by state, regional, and national industries. CLA actively collaborates with the Center for Industrial Services to provide studies for Tennessee industries, and CLA has also formed long-term research partnerships with regional and national industries. Supplementing these activities are research programs sponsored by the traditional federal agencies, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and National Laboratories at Oak Ridge and Albuquerque, over and above numerous collaborations with national and international Universities, and the nearby Arnold Engineering Development Center. These diverse research activities, an attractive student-to-faculty ratio, and outstanding facilities, combine to offer an unusual apprenticeship experience for diligent graduate students.