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Job ID: 201915

Full Professor
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Date Posted Dec. 20, 2022
Title Full Professor
University University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN, United States
Department Mechanical, Aerospace & Biomedical Engineering
Application Deadline will continue until the position is filled
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2023
  • Professor
  • Sustainable Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Manufacturing & Quality Engineering

Full Professor Position with Emphasis on Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Process Design and Control

The Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is seeking exceptionally qualified candidates for a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Full Professor in mechanical engineering.

Manufacturing is expected to become the single largest funding area at multiple federal agencies due to existing and future supply chain issues related to all aspects of our economy and defense. The global climate/energy challenge requires incorporation of sustainability into all manufacturing processes. This optimization will be achieved through emerging artificial intelligence (AI) and physics-informed algorithms applied to traditional (e.g., casting, forging, and machining) and emerging (hybrid = additive + metrology + subtractive) manufacturing processes. The ideal candidate will have established expertise and an active, leading research program in sustainability, advanced manufacturing, and/or smart process design & control. For example, machine learning-enabled process control for advanced manufacturing of metal, polymer, and composite structural materials to help usher in a new generation of sustainable, high-performance hierarchical materials. The candidate is expected to pursue and leverage opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration and funding across the College of Engineering, the university, and with Oak Ridge National Laboratory through the Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (IAMM), the University of Tennessee - Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII), and the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (Bredesen Center), among others. This position is part of a university-wide strategic cluster hiring initiative, and as such the candidate would have the opportunity to play a central role in recruiting additional faculty at the associate/assistant level within the department and/or college.


The Tickle 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 presently has eight departments with 183 faculty members, 3,529 undergraduates and 714 doctoral students. The department ( currently has 40 tenured/tenure track faculty members and enrolls some 1,549 undergraduate and 254 graduate students.


Review of applications will begin December 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date of the new position is August 1, 2023. Salary is commensurate with the position and experience of the applicant.

Applications should be submitted through Interfolio at, and must include (1) a concise letter of intent outlining the applicant’s research and teaching goals and objectives; (2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research; (4) a statement on teaching interests; (5) a diversity statement, and (6) the names, addresses, and telephone numbers for five references.

Inquiries should be addressed to the Search Chair, Associate Professor Brett Compton at

  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in provision of education programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits. This policy extends to both employment and admission to the University.

    The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in the education programs and activities pursuant to 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 American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

    Inquiries and charges of violation concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, ADA the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), or any other of the above referenced policies should be directed to the Office of Diversity Resources & Educational Services (DRES); 2110 Terrace Avenue; Knoxville, TN 37996-3560; telephone (423) 974-2498 (TTY available). Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Human Resources; 600 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37996-4125.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Brett Compton
    Mechanical, Aerospace & Biomedical Engineering
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Knoxville, TN 37996


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