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Keppens Takes Over as Head of Joint Institute of Advanced Materials

Veerle Keppens, JIAMS director The UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Institute for Advanced Materials has named Veerle Keppens as its new director.

Keppens, current head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in UT’s College of Engineering, brings a knowledge of advanced materials—substances with properties that go beyond the norm in one or more aspects, such as electronically or chemically—that will allow her to transition to the new role without a learning curve.

“Dr. Keppens carries a wealth of materials science knowledge to this position along with a passion for broadening our understanding in these areas of research,” said UT Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “She has worked well in research partnerships with ORNL and will be a strong leader of the institute.”
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Summary of Energy Innovation Workshop Available for Download

In May, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, hosted the Southeast Regional Energy Innovation Workshop in Chattanooga.The purpose of this forum was to advance clean energy technology innovation in the region. About 150 representatives from universities, industry and federal agencies, along with elected officials, attended the event, which provided an opportunity to explore ways to drive rapid innovation of technologies for use in the marketplace.

A summary of the event was prepared by students from the Bredesen Center, representatives from ORNL and UT, and is available for download here.

Recognitions, June 24

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