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Search 1190. Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE). Professor and holder of the UTSI Carolyn P. Boling Endowed Professorship. One vacancy. Faculty – 9 month appointment, regular, full-time.   The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) at the University of Tennessee is seeking an exceptionally qualified candidate with significant expertise in an area of aerospace engineering for the appointment to the position of Professor and holder of the UTSI Carolyn P. Boling Endowed Professorship.  The successful candidate will be an internationally recognized leader in aerospace propulsion and able to build and lead multi-participant research programs.  The successful candidate will also be able to obtain major research sponsorship and recruit high-quality graduate students.  Applications and nominations are invited for this senior position. This faculty position is located at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Qualifications - The successful candidate will have a doctorate in aerospace engineering or a related field, a proven track record of developing research funding, and a substantial and active research program with archival publications. Prior experience in academia, government, and/or aerospace industry is preferred, but not required.  Applicants with outstanding industrial research accomplishments are welcomed.

Duties - The UTSI Carolyn P. Boling Endowed Professor provides leadership in the development of aerospace propulsion research efforts of MABE and the College of Engineering.  The successful candidate is expected to lead and expand MABE research activities, to be active in the graduate curricula development, and to attract research funding and support for graduate students.

Opportunities for Collaborative Research - The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), a Carnegie Research I institution, is the state’s comprehensive, land grant, research institution. The College of Engineering is undergoing a period of substantial growth in both physical infrastructure and research expenditures as it seeks to become a Top-25 ranked Public Institution.  The College of Engineering presently has seven departments with 184 faculty, 2,965 undergraduates and 932 graduate students. College of Engineering Research expenditures are currently $68.2M per year.

The MABE Department currently has 39 tenured or tenure track faculty, as well as, 4 lecturers, 2 Clinical Associate Professors, 2 Professors of Practice, and 8 Research Assistant Professors.  MABE enrolls some 1,204 undergraduate and 186 graduate students, offering degrees at all levels in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering and biomedical engineering ( Extensive opportunities for collaboration with faculty from across the university, Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL,, and industry exist at UTSI and the surrounding region (AEDC, NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center, AMDEC, and ORNL). Other opportunities can exist with the newly established Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), led by UTK in conjunction with ORNL and over a hundred industrial partners.  IACMI is the fifth Institute in the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, supported by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.   

The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) is a graduate education and research center located in Middle Tennessee adjacent to the U. S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC). UTSI was established in 1964 as part of The University of Tennessee. UTSI has major research and graduate programs in aerospace, mechanical and biomedical engineering; propulsion; materials science, including laser applications; physics; atmospheric/environmental airborne science; industrial engineering; and engineering management.  The Institute’s graduate and certificate programs serve employees of AEDC as well as full and part-time students from around the world.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Students earning graduate degrees and certificates in disciplines offered by the University of Tennessee Space Institute are graduates of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, which has been continuously accredited and is authorized to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. 

AEDC is located 9 miles from the UTSI campus.  It is the most advanced and largest complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world. The complex operates more than 55 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges and other specialized units located in six states. Many of the complex's test units have capabilities unmatched elsewhere in the United States; some are unique in the world. AEDC is one of three installations which are part of the Air Force Test Center (AFTC), one of six subordinate commands of the Air Force Materiel Command organization and an important national resource.  Their mission is to conduct developmental test and evaluation for the Nation through modeling, simulation, ground and flight test.

Application Review - Review of applications and nominations will begin upon receipt, and will continue until the position is filled with the intent to interview in early spring. Applications should include a concise letter of intent outlining the applicant’s research goals and objectives, current curriculum vitae, in addition to the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of four references. Applications and nominations should be sent to (electronic submission is preferred):

Dr. Ed Kraft
UTSI Associate Executive Director for Research
Chair, Carolyn P. Boling Endowed Professorship Search
University of Tennessee Space Institute
411 B. H. Goethert Parkway, MS 01
Tullahoma, TN  37388

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 411 B.H. Goethert Parkway, Tullahoma, TN, telephone (931) 393-7226.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the UTSI Office of Equity and Diversity.


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