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Taylor Eighmy, PhD

Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement


Taylor Eighmy is the vice chancellor for research and engagement and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He serves on the UT-Battelle Liaison Committee to Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He also serves on the boards of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), Collaborative Composites Solutions (CCS), East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC), the UT Research Foundation (UTRF), and Cherokee Farm Development Corp (CFDC). Eighmy represents UT on the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) and the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) as well as the Technology Leadership & Strategy Initiative of the Council on Competitiveness. Eighmy received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tufts University (1980), his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from UNH (1983), and his doctorate in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from UNH (1986).  He is an AAAS Fellow, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, and a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.  He served on the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for over ten years, stepping down in 2014. Eighmy is also an inventor of a patented reactive barrier technology for contaminated sediments.


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