The University of Tennessee has been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, from the N95 mask technology to developing systems to quickly and safely screen vaccines, as used by Moderna and Pfizer. These contributions were recently recognized by AUTM’s Better World Project, which named the University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) as its 2020 Legend Award honoree and spotlighted its work on Gene Pool Innovations for its role in moving academic research from the lab to the marketplace.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has multiple graduate programs highly ranked in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings report—enough to earn a U.S. News Best Graduate Schools designation.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) to implement a business continuity planning program. The funding will support the “Tennessee Manufacturing Resiliency Initiative,” a statewide effort to enhance the resiliency of manufacturers to mitigate pandemic-related losses and to bounce back from disruptions to the economic base.
CGI has announced the establishment of a new information technology delivery center in Knoxville, Tennessee, where the company plans to create 300 local jobs, engage regional educators, support area workforce development, and provide opportunities for the community’s students, graduates, and professionals. CGI is partnering closely with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on the launch of the center and will be working with the university to engage students across interdisciplinary programs in its Haslam College of Business and Tickle College of Engineering.
Joan Bienvenue has been selected as the first executive director of the Oak Ridge Institute at the University of Tennessee, established last year 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. She begins her new position March 8.