DoE Portfolio Director
James joined the University of Tennessee in July 2019 on the Office of Research and Engagement’s Strategic Research Initiatives team, where he focuses on enhancing UT's research and capabilities applied to Department of Energy problem sets and research opportunities. He engages with DoE and Department of Defense program offices on strategic research opportunities, and helps shape opportunities in favor of UT’s research capabilities. Andes works to discover strategic research opportunities through competitive analysis, market research, and knowledge of federal budgeting priorities and past awards. He also serves as a liaison between ORE and sponsoring agencies, fostering collaborative relationships between researchers and project managers. He assists faculty in responding to funding opportunity announcements, requests for information, and requests for solutions/proposals, and represents UT at relevant workshops, conferences, and forums.