Continuing Education

The rapid changes occurring in technology make it essential that a university provide opportunities for continuing engineering studies. The University of Tennessee Space Institute recognizes continuing education as an important and basic responsibility and considers it to be an integral part of the academic programs at the Institute. The Continuing Education programs offered are designed to be responsive to the needs of engineers and scientists, and the skilled craftsman in industry and government. The courses have been carefully selected and emphasis is given to new developments. The courses are conducted by the UTSI staff and by the most qualified persons available in education, industry, government and the private sector.


Launch Systems Overview

Coming Soon!!!! Contact Becky Stines: or (931) 393-7276 for any questions.
Launch Systems Overview
This course is a 1-day lecture and covers the basics of how launch vehicles work. Course discusses subsystem functions, reviews various launch vehicle families, provides operational information for launch facilities, and exami8nes concepts of operations. New Launch vehicle developments are highlighted.
Course attendees should be military or civil service employees.

Short Course on Air Vehicle Aerodynamics and Performance

Course Director Dr. U. Peter Solies

Cost of this course is $1895
Date for the course:  August 27-29, 2018

Course Description

The course focuses on aerodynamics and performance of subsonic fixed-wing aircraft and unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Fundamentals of lift generation, drag determination, and flight mechanics are discussed and applied to determine thrust, level flight, range, endurance, climb, turn, and take-off and landing performance, and trajectory optimization.

Who should attend?

Engineers, managers, and others who are involved in evaluation, operation, or design of aircraft or UAS.

What to get out of the course?

The course is designed to provide a basic understanding of key parameters such as lift, weight, drag, and thrust and their relationships and limitations. Emphasis is on practical application of theory to determine air vehicle performance. Electronic copies of course notes and spreadsheets will be provided to enable course participants to generate performance parameters and diagrams for air vehicles of their choice. In addition, a flight simulator session will demonstrate acquisition of performance parameters.

Short Course on Human Factor in Aviation

Course Director Dr. Steve Brooks

Cost of this course is $1895
Date for the course:  Sept. 24-26, 2018

Course Description

Human error is a casual factor in 69% of commercial, and 79% of general aviation mishaps.  As aviation systems become increasing complex and automated, situational awareness, vigilance, and basic flying skills decline.  We will assess risks, workloads, fatigue, distractions, decision making, safety culture, maintenance, cockpit design and automation.  We will closely examine four case studies.

Who should attend?

Engineers, managers, and others who are involved in the design, maintenance, or operation of aircraft or UAS.

What to get out of the course?

The course is designed to give a basic a basic understanding of the key elements of human factors with respect to aviation.  Electronic copies of course notes will be provided. In addition, a flight simulator session will demonstrate workload assessment and distraction.

Topics Covered

Hazard Identification

Classifying Risks

Fault-tree Analysis

Heinrich’s Pyramid

Human Behavior

Decision Making


Situational Awareness

Resource Management

Effective communications

Safety Culture

Automation and Cockpit Design

Automation Bias

Automation Awareness




NASA and FAA Reporting Databases

National Airspace and NextGen

UAS Integration

Future of Human Factors in Aviation

Four Case Studies:

Gimbli Glider

Air Florida Flight 90

United Flight 232

UAS (Predator B)

Short Courses Catalog

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Our Accreditation

The University of Tennessee is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.