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SPARKS (Seeking Partnerships to Advance Research, Knowledge, and Science): Broadband

SPARKS: Broadband

The Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development (ORIED) is hosting SPARKS: Broadband on Thursday, March 23 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Research related to broadband technology is rapidly increasing at the University of Tennessee, with significant impact on the state’s ecosystem. To connect faculty from a wide variety of disciplines involved in broadband research, the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development has scheduled Sparks: Broadband at the Institute of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, 2641 Osprey Vista Way, UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm.

Launched in 2017, SPARKS (Seeking Partnerships to Advance Research, Knowledge, and Science) events bring UT faculty from multiple disciplines together around a common theme to learn and network.

Attendees will leave with a better sense of UT-wide expertise and capacity in research related to broadband, along with contact information for participants and additional resources. ORIED is also creating a $200,000 SPARKS Seed Fund for Broadband Research to encourage and support innovative research ideas in this area, with more details being announced at the event.

In addition to faculty lightning talks, speakers will include Randy Boyd, President of the UT System; Dev Palmer, Deputy Director of the Microsystems Technology Office with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); and Brian Sanderlin with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

Our goal is to connect potential collaborators, share ongoing research initiatives, and build a community of interest with whom ORIED can communicate emerging research opportunities.

If you have any questions, please email Sharon Pound at

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