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Industry Experts Gather to Discuss Clean Energy Technology

Chancellor Cheek at SREI Workshop in Chattanooga

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek engages in a panel discussion on university innovation at the Southeast Regional Energy Innovation Workshop in Chattanooga Monday, May 23, 2016. To his right are David Kosson, professor of engineering and director of CRESP at Vanderbilt University, and Joanne Romagni, vice chancellor for research and dean of the graduate school at UT Chattanooga.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.— About 150 representatives from universities, industry and federal agencies, along with elected officials, attended today’s Southeast Regional Energy Innovation Workshop, a forum to advance clean energy technology innovation in the region.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall at the Southeast Regional Energy Innovation WorkshopHosted by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the event provided an opportunity to explore ways universities, industry, the Department of Energy’s national labs, and other federal agencies can drive rapid innovation of technologies for use in the marketplace.

Guests included U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, DOE Undersecretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and leaders from academia and the private sector.

“Our region has a clear advantage on clean energy technology innovation given our focus on materials science for energy storage, advanced manufacturing, solar and nuclear,” said UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “Our close partnerships with ORNL and with many industries here in the Southeast allow us to help advance the clean energy technology ecosystem.”
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DARPA to Host Webinars on Potential Funding Opportunities, How to Engage with Agency

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) will host identical webinars on June 22-23 to “provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of a DSO Office-wide [solicitation] anticipated to be published soon” as well as “the basics of working with DARPA and DSO,” including how DARPA develops programs and works with universities. Additional information about the webinars, including a draft agenda, is at this link.
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Recognitions, May 27

George Kabalka, a chemistry professor whose research has helped in the advancement of imaging techniques used in the medical field, will retire from UT after a forty-six-year career.

Karen Sowers, dean of the College of Social Work was recently named the recipient of Mental Health America’s 2016 George Goodman and Ruth P. Brudney Social Work Award.

John Prados, a UT vice president and University Professor emeritus, has been named the inaugural member of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Hall of Fame for his sixty years of service to the department as a teacher, administrator, and university icon.

Please send faculty and student recognitions to Erin Chapin (

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