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Energy Science and Engineering Ph.D. program

The Energy Science and Engineering doctoral program provides both breadth and depth in graduate training while ensuring a solid grounding in scientific fundamentals for research. Topical areas have been chosen to resonate with Department of Energy priorities, with a tailored integration of graduate courses across disciplines to provide deep expertise in a chosen specialty. The core requirements provide a broad overview of subjects related to energy, while research topics are designed to be approached from interdisciplinarily perspectives. Additionally, the ESE Ph.D. program encourages the development of entrepreneurship and policymaking skills alongside science and engineering expertise.

Graduate students in the ESE Ph.D. program join interdisciplinary research teams at both ORNL and UTK, exposing them to large-scale, problem-oriented research and development, while fostering their ability to work across disciplinary boundaries, encouraging them to approach research problems from new directions, and strengthening their ability to work in teams. Students are encouraged to develop their research in the context of potential solutions to important global problems, and are given opportunities to pursure entrepreneurial and policymaking interests.

The Bredesen Center offers the Energy Science and Engineering Fellowship with an annual stipend of up to $30,000, a tuition waiver, and health insurance for Ph.D. candidates pursuing research in one of the following areas of focus:

  • Nuclear Energy
  • Bioenergy and Biofuels
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Energy Materials
  • Distributed Energy and Grid Management
  • Environmental and Climate Sciences
  • Transportation Sciences
  • Cross-Cutting Energy Sciences

Energy Science and Engineering Course Offerings

ESE Ph.D. Program Requirements

ESE Ph.D. Student Handbook

Energy Science and Engineering Concentration

The Bredesen Center welcomes applicants that choose to pursue energy-focused graduate studies through other academic departments. Students would still be part of the Energy Science and Engineering program and work on dissertation research with one of the Bredesen Center faculty, but may choose to work towards a conventional Ph.D. in one of the participating science or engineering departments with a concentration in Energy Science and Engineering. These students would complete the Core Curriculum, the Knowledge Breadth Curriculum, and 3 credit hours of Energy Science and Engineering seminars. All seven departments in the College of Engineering are establishing an ESE concentration as part of their doctoral program, as are some of the science departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

 

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Contact Information

Lee Riedinger
Professor of Physics
Director

Mike Simpson
Professor of Material Sciences and Engineering
Assistant Director

Wanda Davis
Assistant to the Director
443 Greve Hall
821 Volunteer Blvd University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
865-974-7999

Ben Allen
Coordinator & Recruiter
418 Greve Hall
821 Volunteer Blvd University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
865-974-9374

Fax: 865-974-9482

bredesencenter@utk.edu