Recent News

  • GPSAW 2023: Bingrui Li
    “Being able to work in UT and ORNL simultaneously is a game changer for my research,” Bingrui Li said.   Li is pursuing a doctorate […]
  • GPSAW 2023: Maggie Spangler
    Maggie Spangler is an East Tennessee native and has been curious about science her whole life. That curiosity led her to the University of Tennessee, […]
  • GPSAW 2023: Emily Herron
    PhD student Emily Herron wants to design machine learning systems that can help solve scientific mysteries. She is pursuing her doctorate through the University of […]
  • GPSAW 2023: Zabrenna Griffiths
    Zabrenna Griffiths is using bioremediation to address pollution and other environmental issues. She is pursuing her doctorate in the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute […]
  • GPSAW 2023: Stephen Fatokun
    Stephen Fatokun is working on ways to keep the electrical power grid secure and reliable. He is pursuing a doctorate through the University of Tennessee-Oak […]
  • GPSAW 2023: Enzo Dinglasan
    Enzo Dinglasan is working on ways to advance biomanufacturing, the harnessing of biological systems that run on renewable feedstocks, like glucose or carbon dioxide, to […]
  • GPSAW 2023: James Brackett
    James Brackett wants to develop new technology and materials for 3D printing. He focuses on thermoplastic composites, plastics filled with another material such as carbon […]
  • Mina Sartipi Uses ‘Smart City’ Research to Improve City Life
    What if your vehicle could “converse” with city streets or highways to help ensure traffic flows safely and with maximum efficiency? Or if your electric […]
  • Tennessee Partners Launch ‘Second-Life’ Battery Project
    UT-ORII is teaming up with Nissan, Middle Tennessee Electric, Tennessee State University and Seven States Power Corporation to launch an innovative second-life battery storage project. […]
  • Tony Schmitz to Help Revive US Mfg, Machine Tool Industry
    Tony Schmitz is working to help rebuild America’s manufacturing industry. A University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute fellow, Schmitz is a professor in UT Knoxville’s […]
  • State of Tennessee Approves $72 million for UT-ORII
    Upfront Funding Accelerates Plans to Make Tennessee Hub for STEM Talent KNOXVILLE, TN – April 22, 2022 —The Tennessee General Assembly included $72 million for […]
  • UT-ORII Executive Director Joan Bienvenue is Ready for the Marathon
    Whether at work or enjoying her downtime, Joan Bienvenue is a marathoner. Bienvenue has just completed her first year as the first executive director of […]

Power Players

  • Power Player: Erica Grant

    Power Player: Erica Grant

    Erica Grant is the inventor and founder of Quantum Lock Technologies LLC. Grant’s company uses quantum physics to create better security for door locks and equipment access in facilities that store proprietary information, or which may be at risk for terrorist attacks. Now in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory‘s Innovation Crossroads program, Grant completed her […]

    Read More >

  • Power Player: Vanshika Singh

    Power Player: Vanshika Singh

    Vanshika Singh, a Ph.D. student in Energy Science and Engineering at the UT-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute’s Bredesen Center at UT Knoxville, hopes to work in a national laboratory or in an industry where she can design lower-emission energy systems for high-temperature applications. “My research revolves around developing novel structural designs for energy systems, like coal-biomass […]

    Read More >

  • Power Player: Mina Sartipi

    Power Player: Mina Sartipi

    What if your vehicle could “converse” with city streets or highways to help ensure traffic flows safely and with maximum efficiency? Or if your electric vehicle could help you find the nearest, most environmentally friendly, and most convenient charging stations as you travel around the country? These transportation wonders—and many more―will one day be a […]

    Read More >

Media Contact:

Bridget Waller
Director of Communications, UT-ORII
Phone:  865-466-2649

Connect with us


To learn more about the creation of UT-ORII, download the 2019 UT-ORNL Steering Committee’s Dec. 31, 2019, report.

Download the Recommendations of the Steering Committee (PDF)