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From the Director

The Science Alliance has seen exhilarating growth and collaboration between the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory this past year. Our two institutions have partnered on high-visibility projects and shared our teaming process with regional and national thought leaders, all while advancing the core mission. At each step of the way, the Science Alliance is spreading the message that this is the model for the future of collaboration.

Last fall, UT hosted the twenty-first general meeting of the National Academies’ University Industry Demonstration Partnership, which brought together 250 attendees from universities, corporations, and Department of Energy national laboratories from across the nation to explore research engagement with national laboratories.

Our partnership is seen as the gold standard for university-national lab collaborations, producing innovation in advanced manufacturing, materials science, and neutron sciences to name a few. It is crucial that we continue to foster current areas of innovation through the Science Alliance.

In May, the Science Alliance facilitated the Southeast Regional Energy Innovation workshop in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that enabled stakeholders from several spheres (university, industry, community, legislature, and the DOE) to discuss innovative clean energy technologies and how to leverage our region’s unique capabilities.

Finally, IACMI – the Composites Institute continued to gain momentum, announcing its first call for proposals last fall. Tied closely to the Science Alliance’s work with advanced materials and manufacturing technology, IACMI was involved with the recent opening of the Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility at UT.

This report is not only a summary of the past year’s efforts by our distinguished scientists, Joint Directed Research Development fellows, project leaders, and team members to advance the research enterprise here at UT and with our partners at ORNL, but is also a glimpse into the future of research innovation in our nation.


Vice Chancellor for Research
University of Tennessee, Knoxville