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Mechanical Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering


Science Alliance—a Tennessee Center of Excellence managed by the Office of Research and Engagement. The JDRD program was conceived to provide faculty members an opportunity to work collaboratively with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

JDRD awards are given to faculty across a wide range of disciplines and departments with the directive to collaborate with an ORNL Laboratory Directed Research Development (LDRD) project, an ORNL Seed Project, or a project that meets one of several strategic objectives. Awarded projects focus on a variety of research areas including advanced manufacturing, big data management, and climate change and adaptation.
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President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report on  Ensuring Long-term U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors. In the report, PCAST “recommend[s] that U.S. policymakers carefully select ambitious challenges, which we call ‘moonshots,’ as focal points for industry, government, and academic efforts to drive computing and semiconductor innovation forward together.”

The PCAST report provides four examples of moonshots that they recommend should be pursued in the near future. These align well with some of UT Knoxville’s strengths and provide great fodder for imagining what the next multidisciplinary center could be.
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