Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Research Initiatives
Bruce LaMattina came to the University of Tennessee in 2017 as the Office of Research and Engagement’s associate vice chancellor for research development. In January 2019, he was named associate vice chancellor for strategic research initiatives. In this role, LaMattina provides leadership to facilitate research growth in strategically important areas. The SRI group captures emerging research opportunities created by the convergence of national trends and organic UT research breakthroughs. It develops interdisciplinary research teams and partnerships to create and capitalize on strategically important research opportunities and enhance our innovation ecosystem.
LaMattina has 25 years of experience that spans academia, corporate research and development, and government. Prior to joining UT, he led the Charlotte Research Institute (CRI) at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. As the hub for university-business partnerships, CRI developed partnerships spanning basic and applied research as well as classified and unclassified research for both industry and government.
He also held a post as the director of federal research relations at Rutgers University, where he implemented strategies to enhance fundamental science through interdisciplinary research and innovation. He generated new funded research programs through collaborations with federal agencies, especially the DoD.
For 10 years previous to joining Rutgers University, LaMattina was a program manager for the Solid Mechanics Branch in the Mechanical Sciences Division of the Engineering Sciences Directorate at the US Army Research Office (ARO). Under his direction, the ARO Solid Mechanics program tripled in size within the first five years and successfully developed strong collaborations across multiple funding agencies. His main strategy was to break down the barriers between disciplines to tackle difficult problems.
Before his government service, LaMattina was a principle researcher at ABB, Inc. where he led the structural mechanics' group and worked on projects including carbon fiber flywheels for grid storage, electromagnetic analysis of transformers, and composite risers for offshore oil rigs. In addition, he was a visiting professor at NC State University and an adjunct professor at Duke University.
LaMattina received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Civil Engineering and Mathematics from North Carolina State University and is a professionally licensed engineer in North Carolina. His master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering are from the University of Delaware.