Source: University of Tennessee | October 29, 2018

Dr. Lee Riedinger, director of UT’s Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, is retiring at the end of 2018. He was appointed in 2010 to serve as the center’s first director.

The University hopes to have his successor in place by January 1, 2019.

Dr. Riedinger joined the physics faculty at UT Knoxville in 1971. He has held various administrative positions and served as interim vice chancellor for research three times (1991–95, 2006–07, and 2012).

In 2000, Dr. Riedinger helped lead the formation of UT-Battelle LLC and the successful competition to assume the management of ORNL, becoming ORNL’s deputy director for science and technology. In this role, he worked to expand the capabilities of the laboratory through joint programs with UT and other leading universities. In 2007, he returned to teaching and research in the physics department.

His numerous accolades from UT include the Chancellor’s Research Scholar award in 1983, the Macebearer award in 2008, the Chancellor’s Medal in 2012, and the L. R. Hesler Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service in 2013. In 2017 the Graduate Student Senate named him Graduate Director of the Year.

During his retirement, Dr. Riedinger plans to travel, spend time with family, and work on a book about the history of the UT-ORNL connection. Each fall, he will return to UT to teach introductory energy science and technology courses.

Click here to read for more information about Lee and the successful Bredesen Center in Tom Ballard’s recent article.