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In 1998 the United States Department of Energy (DOE) through its Office of
Transportation Technologies (OTT) established the Graduate Automotive Technology
Education (GATE) Program. The goal of the Gate Program is:
"To educate a future workforce of cross-disciplinary automotive
professionals who are knowledgeable about and experienced
in developing and commercializing cutting-edge, advanced automotive
In order to achieve this goal, the DOE sought to establish GATE centers at select
universities across the United States. The initial focus is on hybrid-electric vehicles and
proposals were solicited in the following areas:
Hybrid Drive Trains and Control Systems (HDT)
Energy Storage (ES)
Direct-Injection Engines (DI)
Fuel Cells (FC)
Lightweight Materials (LWM)
The schedule called for the universities to use the 1998-99 academic year (AY)
to establish the centers and to accept students for the 1999-2000 AY. DOE provided
funding in the amount of $100,000 for the first year (establishing the center), $200,000
for the second year ($100,000 for the center operations and $100,000 for GATE
Fellowships), and $100,000 per year thereafter for GATE Fellowships. Thus, for the six-
year program a total of $700,000 was budgeted by DOE for each center.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, (UTK) was one of nine universities
selected to participate in the program. The focus area for the UTK GATE Center is
hybrid drive trains and control systems (HDT). Other universities participating and their
focus area(s) are:
University of Maryland (HDT)
Ohio State University (HDT)
West Virginia University (HDT)
University of California, Davis (HDT and FC)
Pennsylvania State University (ES)
Michigan Technological University (DI)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (FC)
University of Michigan, Dearborn (LWM)
The UTK GATE Center - an Overview
The GATE Center at UTK is housed in the College of Engineering with
administrative support (accounting, purchasing, etc.) in the Mechanical, Aerospace and
Biomedical Engineering Department. The Center Director, who comes from that
department, is responsible for the operation of the Center in consultation with the other
GATE Faculty (see below). The Director also makes decisions (in consultation with the
other GATE Faculty) regarding the allocation of Fellowships.
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Hodgson, Jeffrey & Irick, David. Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center, report, September 30, 2005; Tennessee. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc901730/m1/5/: accessed March 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.