The University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII) selected its first UT-ORII Fellow in 2022: Tony Schmitz from UT Knoxville.

Appointed for one-year renewable terms, UT-ORII Fellows are responsible for working collaboratively across organizations, generating white papers, and helping to identify opportunities and resources to build new joint programs. UT-ORII Fellows receive stipends to support up to 25 percent of their base salary and benefits, and they are eligible for funding to seed new technical programs in strategic research areas of national impact.

Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz is working to help rebuild America’s manufacturing industry. Schmitz is a professor in UTK’s Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering and joint faculty for ORNL’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. He leads the Southeastern Advanced Machine Tool Network, is one of UT-ORII’s first seed grant recipients and serves as a mentor to interns participating in UT-ORII’s Student Mentoring and Research Training internship program for undergraduates.