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Research Centers

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.

Research student working on biomedical engineering research equipment


Engaging students and advancing research at the intersection of biomedical engineering and materials science.

Professor working with laser equipment with two students


Advancing scientific knowledge of compressible and high-temperature fluid dynamics, plasma dynamics, and diagnostic techniques.

Research student studying laser equipment


A multi-disciplined and collaborative graduate research center, fostering and promoting research in the applications of lasers.

Wing of an airplane in the sky with sunrise in the distance


Advance sciences and technologies at the crossroad of combustion and propulsion to enable future clean hydrogen aircraft.

Two research students working on QuasiModol


Conducting foundational research in aerothermodynamics and the science of ground testing.

Zhang working with Li-ion battery


Targets key issues in the frontier of energy sustainability and green transportation.

Mössbauer spectroscopy

Mössbauer Laboratory

A facility dedicated to experimentation, analyzation of spectra, and interpretation of results using Mössbauer spectroscopy.