The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are directing their joint attention to advancing research in the areas of the greatest national need. To ensure success, UT and ORNL are combining their world-class resources and hiring an additional 100 new researchers (50 at UT, 50 at ORNL) by 2030.

To accelerate UT and ORNL’s collaborative innovation and discovery, the University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute (UT-ORII) is actively recruiting top researchers, funding new joint research, and partnering with industry and others.

UT and ORNL researchers are working together to advance research and discovery in four important areas:

UT-ORII is teaming ORNL, UT campuses across the state, private industry, government entities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and others to expand research in areas that will transform America’s next-generation workforce.

Mina Sartipi, founding director of the Center for Urban Informatics and Progress at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, leads one of the first UT-ORNL research teams to receive funding through UT-ORII’s new Seed Grant program. Sartipi’s research focuses on making roads safer by allowing connected and autonomous cars to see beyond what a driver or a car can see.

Sartipi’s work with the City of Chattanooga led to a $4.56 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment grant for an integrated, smart transportation management system for electric vehicles.