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Welcome to the GATE Center

The University of Tennessee's GATE Center for Hybrid Systems

The University of Tennessee's Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center for Hybrid Systems focuses on development of optimal strategies for powertrain control and systems integration. UT's Gate center is one of only eight centers established by the Department of Energy.

 DOE established Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Centers of Excellence to provide a new generation of engineers and scientists with knowledge and skills in advanced automotive technologies. To that end, ten GATE centers were established at nine universities.

GATE centers receive DOE funding for student fellowships and curriculum development. Each center has established a graduate engineering education program that offers courses emphasizing that center's technology specialty. Industrial advisory boards help each university to identify and respond to critical research needs. Industry contributions help provide funding for internships, shared research facilities and equipment, research contracts, and fellowships.


UT's Gate Center Research

  • Powertrain control
  • Systems Integration

Hybrid History

With 19 years of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research, UT is posed to lead hybrid electric vehicle design in an academic setting.

Challenge X

Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility is a new three-year engineering competition that challenges 17 universities across North America to explore vehicle solutions that will minimize energy consumption and reduce emissions. Students will follow General Motor's (GM) real-world Global Vehicle Development Process and integrate their advanced technology solutions into a Chevrolet Equinox, a GM crossover vehicle that combines elements of both a sport utility vehicle and a passenger car.

The Challenge X teams construct vehicles that, when compared with the stock vehicle,

  • Significantly reduce well-to-wheels energy consumption;
  • Incorporate technologies that increase energy efficiency and reduce fossil energy consumption and emissions on the basis of on a total fuel cycle (well-to-wheels analysis);
  • Significantly reduce criteria tailpipe emissions and greenhouse gases;
  • Increase pump-to-wheels fuel economy; and
  • Maintain or exceed consumer acceptability in the areas of performance, utility, and safety.

Future Truck


  • Alternative fuels
    • cold starting of alcohol fueled engines 
    • natural gas fueled vehicles 
    • bio-diesel fueled engines
  • Emission controls and evaluation
  • Hybrid electric vehicles
    • design 
    • vehicle controls 
    • vehicle modeling and simulation
  • Dynamometer design and control
  • Vehicle dynamics and control
  • Human-powered vehicle systems
  • On road vehicle data acquisition and analysis



For more information please contact Dr. David K. Irick,


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GATE Center

414 Dougherty Engineering Building
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-0000

Phone: 865-974-0000
Fax: 865-974-0000