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Self Guided Tours

If you are unable to schedule an Engineering Campus tour with the Engineering Ambassadors, we have provided a set of instructions that you can use to conduct a self guided tour of the campus. Below are directions on where to start, where to go, and what you see on your tour, as well as some information on what each building is. Check out an interactive map of the university campus.


Start your tour at the intersection of Andy Holt Avenue, Middle Way Drive, and Philip Fulmer Way. Go up the hill past the Alumni Memorial Building on the right. This building, which was renovated about a decade ago, was used as a gym until the 1950s. It now contains offices, classrooms, and an auditorium. Several of the college’s Engineering Fundamentals classes were taught in this building prior to the renovation and EF classes still continue in the building’s Cox Auditorium.

As you continue on Middle Way Drive, you will walk behind the Nielson Physics Building. At the fork of the road, continue straight ahead on Middle Way. Beyond the small parking lot, you will see Perkins Hall on your right. Constructed in 1949, Perkins Hall contains the college’s administrative offices, along with the Jerry E. Stoneking engage™ Freshman Engineering programEngineering Advising, the Cook Grand Challenge Honors program, the Office of Engineering Professional Practice, and the Office of Engineering Diversity Programs. Perkins Hall is also home to faculty in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering and laboratories for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Reliability and Maintainability Center.

Directly across the street from Perkins Hall is the Science and Engineering Research Facility (SERF), which opened in 1997. SERF is shared by our college and the College of Arts and Sciences. Research conducted in this building by engineering faculty includes the areas of molecular biotechnology and bioengineering; global nuclear security; water resources engineering; medical imaging registration; and analytical transmission electron microscopy. The Scintillation Materials Research Center, one of the college’s research centers, is also located in SERF.

As you continue around the bend of Middle Way, you will see Ferris Hall on your right. This building was constructed in 1930 and is named after Professor Charles E. Ferris, the first dean of engineering. The former home of electrical and computer engineering, the building now houses the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) as well as graduate student facilities for the Department of Nuclear Engineering (NE). A number of MSE faculty are joint UT-ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) professors and work very closely with the lab on projects ranging from small molecule crystallography and interactions between radiation and materials to neutron studies.

Several yards past Ferris Hall on the right is the Dougherty Engineering Building, which opened in 1963 and is named after one of the college’s most influential and prominent deans, Nathan W. Dougherty. Several laboratories in this building were renovated with funding from a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The majority of these labs focus on research related to energy storage. The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) and the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) are both housed in Dougherty.

As you pass Dougherty Hall, the last building on the right is the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building, which opened in 2012. This new, state-of-the-art facility, funded in part by $12.5 million designated for the facility as part of a $17.5 million grant from COE alumnus and Garmin International CEO Dr. Min H. Kao, was dedicated in March 2012. It houses the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) as well as the Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Network (CURENT) research center, which is jointly supported by NSF and the Department of Energy (DOE).

Once you have reached the end of Middle Way Drive, retrace your steps back until you are on the sidewalk that is located between Ferris and Perkins Hall. This sidewalk leads to a staircase that will take you to the lower part of the Hill. Walk down past Lower Drive (behind Perkins), you will see the bridge leading to the John D. Tickle Engineering Building. Dedicated in October 2013, the $23.1 million facility was made possible through major private support from COE alumnus and the chairman of Strongwell Corporation John D. Tickle, with additional public funding from the State of Tennessee. The building houses the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE).

The college also has a presence in the UT Conference Center on Henley Street with the Center for Transportation Research. The EECS department’s Innovative Computing Laboratory is located in Claxton Hall on Volunteer Boulevard. Additional engineering space is also located in Senter Hall on White Avenue, which provides six research labs for faculty members who need temporary space while their permanent labs are being prepared. This space is also home to a world-class ion-beam radiation-defects research facility helmed by William Weber, Governor’s Chair in Radiation Effects on Materials. Next door to Senter Hall, the MSE and MABE departments have laboratories for polymer engineering and automobile development. In 2005, $20 million in federal funding was secured for the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials, a joint UT-ORNL institute for advanced materials multidisciplinary research. As a national leader in the field of materials research, the college will play a leading role in the research conducted at the facility. The building opened in early 2016.

This completes your tour of the college. We appreciate your interest and we encourage your questions and comments.

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