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Welcome from the Department Head

Gregory Peterson sits on a table in his office

Welcome to the Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee. In January 2019, I began serving as the department head after spending nearly 20 years on the faculty.

Our department continues to grow, with 30 percent faculty growth since 2009, and undergraduate enrollment growing to more than 800 students in 2019. Our research expenditures have never been higher, with over $25 million in 2019. I am proud that our research expenditures per tenure track faculty member exceed those of our aspirational peers, meaning that our department is among the most productive in the country.

Our research thrusts cover several critical areas including the power grid, its security, and new ways of mitigating outages; high-performance, cloud, and edge computing; data systems and cybersecurity; and AI, machine learning, and the Internet of Things.

As department head, I seek to build on our dynamic momentum with continued growth. I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, and alumni as we strive to maintain the Volunteer spirit of excellence in education, research, and service.

I hope that you will pursue one of the challenging degree programs offered by our department and earn a degree that enables you to embark on a lifelong career that is personally rewarding and financially fruitful.

Gregory Peterson
Department Head