Graduate Programs Offer UT-ORNL Resources, Capabilities

The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory came together in 1998 to create the first university-national lab doctoral program: Genome Science and Technology. Today, the UT-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute’s Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education unites UT and ORNL resources and capabilities for its three doctoral degrees at UT Knoxville: Data Science and Engineering (DSE), Energy Science and Engineering (ESE) and Genome Science and Technology (GST).

Through this unique partnership, students are mentored by world-renowned scientists in their fields, conduct their own groundbreaking research and engage in outreach activities that allow them to explore the many ways their expertise can be used in policymaking and entrepreneurship.

The DSE PhD program partners with ORNL, home of the world’s fastest supercomputer;  UT Health Science Center in Memphis and UT Chattanooga to provide graduate researchers with some of the most powerful computing and data science platforms available anywhere in the world. DSE students in UT-ORII’s Bredesen Center use data to solve national and global-level problems in manufacturing, health and biological sciences, materials science, national security, transportation science, urban systems science and environmental and climate science.

GST offers both a PhD and master’s program for students to develop a firm foundation in life sciences, learn quantitative analytical techniques and gain the hands-on skills needed to answer some of the world’s most complex biological questions. The program is enriched by UT and ORNL’s two distinct research environments.