About the College of Engineering

The College of Engineering has provided five decades of tradition of providing post-secondary studies in engineering. The College of Engineering  produces graduates possessing technical talent for industry, governmental and academia. Pipeline programs are available for high school and college graduates. The College of Engineering has Specializations of high national interest:

  • Design and Manufacturing Processes for Cannonades Systems
  • Synthesis and Characterization of High Performance Nanocomposites
  • Development of Nanostructured Coatings for Erosion/corrosion Protection
  • Cyber systems and Cyber engineering areas accredited by ABET and NAAB
  • Activities that relate to Security: Homeland, Networks, Personal, Information, National Defense, and Enabling Technologies


Aerospace Science Engineering:
Flight simulation, computational fluid dynamics, human interface, cockpit analysis, aerodynamics, turbulence modeling, complex system modeling. Special projects: Turbulence Modeling Using Maximum Entropy Concept; Development and Assessment of a Novel Training Package for Basic Maneuvering Task on a Flight Simulator Using Self Instruction Methods and Above Real Time Training; Development of a Flexible Computerized Management Infrastructure for a Commercial Nuclear Power Plant Application; Multi-Aircraft Simulation; Human Computer Visualization.

Chemical Engineering:

Plating, bio-fluidics, corrosion prevention, environmentally safe cleaners, bio-fuels, chemical processing, chemical process engineering. Special projects: Kinetics of Direct Oxidation of H2S in Coal Gas to Elemental Sulfur; Developing Chemical Engineering Laboratory in Tune with Industrial Demands, Conversion of Hydrogen Sulfide in Coal Gases to Liquid Elemental Sulfur with Monolithic Catalysts, Multiphase Functional Nanomaterials.

Electrical Engineering: 
Circuit analysis and fault diagnostics, information technology, electronic reliability, computer security, connectors and corrosion, alternative energy sources, diagnostic sensors, electronic materials, circuit repair, laser assisted deposition, information theory, information security and assurance. Special projects: Wall Climbing Robot Utilizing Nanotechnology; Wireless Sensor and Data Gathering Networks.

Mechanical Engineering:
Mechanics of materials, nondestructive inspection techniques, composite materials, vibration and fatigue analysis, bearing fault detection, expert diagnostic system, computer-aided design and manufacturing, lean manufacturing. Special projects: Exposure of Engineering Students to Nuclear Engineering; Fracture and Fatigue Evaluation of Rail Steels, Combustion and Atomization, Nanostructured Proton Conductive Membranes, Formulation of Nanoadhesives and Coatings, Nondestructive Evaluation, Evaluation of Flood Damage Resistive Building Components, Indoor Air Quality (Healthy Homes), Conversion of Wastes to Useful Products, Environmental Aging of Nanostructured Polymers.

Materials Science and Engineering

The Materials Science and Engineering Program at Tuskegee University includes three components. They are: the Center for Advanced Materials (T-CAM), the Ph.D. Program in Materials Science and Engineering, and the Chair for the 3-M Eminent Scholar.

The Center for Advanced Materials (T-CAM):

T-CAM, formerly known as Material Research Laboratory (MRL), started in 1987 with a modest research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study surface integrity in the machining of high strength steels and super alloys. Presently, the Center represents the single largest multi-disciplinary research facility on Tuskegee University campus with support from various federal agencies and industries.  The Center, which includes several federally funded centers of excellence, possesses state-of-the-art facilities in all aspects of advanced materials and structures research - synthesis and chemical analysis, processing/manufacturing, performance and nondestructive evaluation, and modeling, with an annual budget of approximately $3.5 million. T-CAM supports research and education of approximately 50 students, undergraduate through Ph.D., representing various disciplines of science and engineering. The Center has been contributing to basic and applied research in materials science and engineering and is acclaimed nationally and internationally for over three decades.

Ph.D. Program in Materials Science and Engineering:
Tuskegee University launched its first Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) in 1998, with the first cohort of nine students. The program, which resides in the College of Engineering , includes faculty participants from eight disciplines of science and engineering. It's a multidisciplinary program designed to allow students with an undergraduate or Masters degree in Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics or physics to earn the Ph.D. degree in MSE. The program has already produced seven PhDs. Four additional students are planning to graduate in 2007.

Chair for 3-M Eminent Scholar:
T-CAM interacts extensively with the industry and the national labs. Partnership with the 3-M company, which included student and faculty exchange, collaborative research in ceramics and composite and student internship and scholarship program, resulted in 3-M funding an Eminent Scholar's Chair, jointly with State of Alabama in 1991. The Chair is expected to promote research and education in Materials Science and Engineering and boost Tuskegee University's efforts in recruiting talented students and faculty members.  Occupants of the chair include; Dr. Jennie Patrick (1992-1996) and Dr. Derrick Dean (1999-2004).