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.
Hosted 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.”