UTSI Research

For more than 40 years, research has been the heartbeat of The University of Tennessee Space Institute. Our current work revolves around active programs in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, aviation systems, engineering management, and a variety of other activities. In addition, we are giving extra attention now, and in the future, to research in materials and propulsion.
We encourage you to take the time to see what UTSI has to offer. The Institute’s faculty, staff and students are making a difference for our community, state and nation. Within several diverse research areas, faculty-student teams of aerospace engineers, mathematicians, mechanical engineers, physicists, electrical engineers, and metallurgists perform problem-oriented, multidisciplinary research. Perhaps UTSI could be a part of your future.






Mössbauer Laboratory

Areas of Research


Excellence in research is the foundation of UTSI’s reputation. About 50 percent of the Institute’s annual revenue comes from research performed for industrial partners from a variety of technological disciplines, reflecting their confidence in UTSI faculty and students to perform unique, successful, and applicable research.
We strive to remain innovative in our fields of research. While our current areas of emphasis are materials and propulsion, the Institute’s faculty, staff, and students are involved in a wide range of research and educational pursuits.

Current areas of research emphasis are propulsion, laser applications, and materials processing.

Advanced Carbon Fiber
Applied Fluid Dynamics
Computational Mechanics

Flight Systems

Laser Applications

Hypersonic Vehicle Electric Power Systems


Materials Processing