Governor’s Chairs

The Governor’s Chairs program provides joint appointments at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory for some of the nation’s top scientists, transforming such fields as clean manufacturing, energy production, environmental systems and computing technologies.

Funded by the state of Tennessee and ORNL, the program attracts top researchers to broaden and enhance the unique research partnership that exists among UT, the state’s preeminent public university system, and ORNL, the nation’s largest multiprogram laboratory.

The Governor’s Chair program is managed by the UT-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII) in coordination with ORNL and UT. To accelerate collaborative research between UT and ORNL, UT-ORII is expanding its prestigious Governor’s Chairs program. There are currently 14 Governor’s Chairs, 12 located at UT Knoxville and two at UT Health Science Center.

Rigoberto “Gobet” Advincula
Advanced and Nanostructured Materials
Appointed 2020

Sudarsanam Suresh Babu
Advanced Manufacturing
Appointed 2013

Robert Davis
Biomedical Informatics
Appointed 2013

Terry Hazen
Environmental Biotechnology
Appointed 2011

Yilu Liu
Power Electronics
Appointed 2009

Frank Loeffler
Microbiology, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Appointed 2009

Arthur Ragauskas
Appointed 2014

Jeremy Smith
Molecular Biophysics
Appointed 2006

Alexei Sokolov
Polymer Science
Appointed 2009

Uday Vaidya
Advanced Composites Manufacturing
Appointed 2015

Robert Williams
Computational Genomics
Appointed 2009

Brian Wirth
Computational Nuclear Engineering
Appointed 2010

Thomas Zawodzinski
Electrical Energy Conversion and Storage
Appointed 2009

Steve Zinkle
Nuclear Materials
Appointed 2013