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UT-Led Research Benefiting Alternate Fuels, Materials

Thanks to ongoing research being led in part by Art Ragauskas, UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Biorefining, an answer to how to best handle lignin—a material found in the cell walls of plants that is a byproduct of biofuel production— could be just over the horizon.

UT-ORNL Nuclear Expert Wirth Honored in Washington, DC


Nuclear energy expert Brian Wirth, a joint UT College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory appointee, received the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award from US Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at a Washington, DC, ceremony Thursday night.

Advanced Composites Expert Named Newest UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair

Uday Vaidya

The position of UT’s College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory as leaders in the manufacturing revolution has taken another bold step forward with the hiring of Uday Vaidya as the Governor’s Chair in Advanced Composites Manufacturing.

ConstructionWeekOnline: SOM to design new Egyptian capital city

Philip Enquist, UT’s Governor’s Chair for High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments, will lead the design of Egypt’s new capital city. The news was featured in a recent article at Enquist and a team from his firm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, will design the $45 billion capital city to meet the needs of a modern

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Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet


The Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet featured an in-depth piece on the research of Howard Hall, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for nuclear security; Steven Skutnik, assistant nuclear engineering professor; and graduate student Mike Willis. Materials for making deadly dirty bombs are easily accessible. The group has developed a mobile, low-cost device to locate dirty bombs and other

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Journal Highlights UT Lab, ORNL Connections

The journal Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research includes a story highlighting the work of several members of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and UT’s relationship with ORNL.