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Future Students

Situated on one of the most picturesque campuses in the nation, UTSI is a destination of choice for graduate science and engineering research.

Summer research interns enjoying a day at the waterfall

About UTSI

The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) is a graduate-level education and research unit headquartered on the University of Tennessee’s Tullahoma campus, adjacent to the epicenter of US aerospace ground testing at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC).

Renowned for global-reaching, multi-discipline graduate education and research programs, UTSI has awarded over 2,700 graduate degrees; our alumni include numerous astronauts, company presidents, chief scientists, engineering managers and renowned scholars and scientists.

Is UTSI right for me?

Students who chose UTSI for grad school have studied spacecraft engineering, orbital mechanics, microgravity fluid dynamics, rocket propulsion, aerodynamics, aircraft flight testing, biophysics, lasers, fluid dynamics, CFD, image and signal processing, human factors, information systems, maintenance and reliability engineering, Hamiltonian mechanics, wavelets, quantum optics, theoretical physics and yes, we are especially proud of all our astronauts.

While studying at UTSI, there are a number of opportunities available for you to get involved with other students. Through the Student Government Association, there are clubs for a diverse range of interests. Learn more about these opportunities.

We can’t wait to show you around campus!

Popular waterfall in Tullahoma

Discover Tullahoma

Tullahoma is “Tennessee’s Rising Star” and was recently named one of the country’s top 5 Great American Defense Communities. It’s a small, bustling town with coffee shops, breweries, distilleries, and restaurants set amongst a beautiful landscape and only a short drive from Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Atlanta.

Get Involved on Campus

Learn more about some of the opportunities available to students attending the University of Tennessee Space Institute. Hear from our students about some of the opportunities available to them and hear from some of the faculty and staff about what it is like to conduct research on our campus.

Who We Are

UTSI has several distinguished alumni who have achieved national distinction as company presidents, chief scientists, engineering managers, and renowned scholars. Many alumni occupy high-level positions in industry and universities in the US and abroad.

Research staff members working in lab


Our world-class researchers are pushing the boundaries of aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, physics, and propulsion amongst many other disciplines. Explore some of the research opportunities available to our graduate students.