The University of Tennessee Space Institute
The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) is a graduate education and research institution located in Middle Tennessee, adjacent to the U.S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC). UTSI was established in 1964 as part of The University of Tennessee and has become an internationally recognized institution for graduate study and research in engineering, physics, mathematics, and aviation systems, which has made remarkable contributions at the local, state, national, and global levels. In accordance with its mission, UTSI supports AEDC in maintaining state-of-the-art expertise in both technical and managerial ranks. About 500 AEDC employees have earned graduate degrees at the Institute, including 40 doctorates. In addition, thousands have participated in the continuing education programs offered by UTSI.
The faculty and students have worked on a variety of research and technology development projects with AEDC personnel. It has been acknowledged often by the leadership at AEDC that the educational support of UTSI is critical to AEDC in fulfilling its national mission for the Department of Defense, NASA, and the aerospace industry. Almost 1500 graduate degrees -- including more than 180 doctorates -- have been awarded through UTSI, a large number of them to Tennesseans. For years, UTSI has served Tennessee industry by offering an off-campus master of science (MS) degree program in Engineering Management (Industrial Engineering) at industrial locations. In addition, UTSI serves the cause of national defense by offering an MS degree program in Aviation Systems at naval bases in Maryland and California, primarily to Navy test pilots.
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