Dean's Message


DeanWelcome to the College of Engineering at Tennessee State University (TSU).

We are challenged and committed to providing the highest quality industry-driven curricula in Engineering, Technology, Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science. . . to meet the growing demand for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) professionals in industry, government, and entrepreneurship.

The College currently provides BS degrees in Architectural, Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, with several concentrations such as manufacturing, environmental, facilities, and computer engineering.

The College also awards degrees in Aeronautical & Industrial Technology, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, Master of Engineering, and MS and PhD in Computer and Information Systems Engineering.

Recognizing the need for developing graduates with an appreciation for global awareness, solid engineering fundamentals, and professionalism. . .we are striving to develop and promote an educational experience that produces the "global engineer" through life or language learning, a FE-based (Fundamentals of Engineering) curriculum for outcome assessment, and critical skills in research, design, problem solving, and communication. A dedicated faculty and staff seek to integrate innovative approaches to instruction, laboratory experience, and internships to address the contemporary challenges of the profession, and engage the community through service and outreach.

Our programs complement the student learning experience with aggressive research initiatives in areas such as intelligent sensors, robotics, manufacturing, environmental issues, data fusion, and signal/image processing. The Engineering Research Institute (ERI) and the TIGER Institute serve as entities to collaborate and partner with industry and government, complemented by several research centers in specific areas of scientific investigation.

As Dean of the College of Engineering, I look forward to continuously developing and implementing strategic initiatives to expand ACCESS for incoming students via preparation and recruitment, providing support to make it more AFFORDABLE to pursue our degrees, and enhance the ACADEMIC QUALITY of our programs, instruction, and student learning while supporting the roadmap of the TSU Strategic and Academic Master Plan.

As a potential student, I encourage you to inquire about our academic programs for enrollment, contact our undergraduate programs coordinator, and visit our institution to learn more about our historical and nurturing environment for student success.  As a potential partner and collaborator, please contact any of our research faculty, department heads, or myself to initiate projects that benefit our mutual interests and goals.

TSU symbolizes a tradition of "transforming students unequivocally", with a mission to prepare students for careers and occupations with relentless dedication of its faculty, staff, and administration. I invite you to become part of this experience within our college. . . at TSU. . . This Special University.

S. Keith Hargrove, PhD, CMfgE, P.E.
Dean and Professor of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

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College of Engineering
Tennessee State University
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37209

or call 615-963-5401.

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