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Special Virtual Lunch Meeting

ETEC is pleased to invite you to our first Business Lunch Live, a new joint series to promote community connection for Oak Ridge Chamber and ETEC members.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

12:00 p.m. (EDT) ~ Via Zoom

Featuring: Dr. Joan Bienvenue

Executive Director
University of Tennessee
Oak Ridge Innovation Institute

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Building the Technology Talent Pipeline for America
The University of Tennessee Oak Ridge Innovation Institute will create a robust talent pipeline in areas of growing national need and demand. As a result, Tennessee will become the “go-to” destination for top-level talent development and discovery.

Joan Bienvenue serves as the first executive director of the Oak Ridge Institute at the University of Tennessee, established in 2020 to align the expertise and infrastructure of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the university in support of world-leading research and talent development. As director, Bienvenue will also serve as a vice provost at UT.

As director of ORI@UT, she is responsible for developing a strategy to establish leading-edge interdisciplinary graduate research in emerging fields, build world-leading programs that leverage UT and ORNL’s capabilities, and lead recruitment of faculty, staff, and students.

Bienvenue joined the institute from the University of Virginia, where she was senior executive director of the Applied Research Institute—which she launched—since June 2013.

In addition to her role at UVA, Bienvenue served almost five years as program manager and chief scientist of Biometrics/Health and Life Sciences for Lockheed Martin, with responsibility for program management, business development, research commercialization, and technical leadership.

She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from UVA, a master’s in forensic science from the University of New Haven in Connecticut, a bachelor’s in chemistry from Rivier University in New Hampshire, and an MBA from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.

She is a member of the Board of Army Research and Development of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
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