Five new members of the UT Knoxville faculty — Howard Hall, Frank Loeffler, Yilu Liu, Alexei Sokolov and Thomas Zawodzinski, along with Jeremy Smith, hired in 2006 — have already made their presence known throughout campus and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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Frank Loeffler, a leading expert in environmental microbiology and the use of bacteria to clean and protect environmental resources, has been named the sixth UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair. Loeffler will serve in the departments of microbiology and civil and environmental engineering at UT Knoxville and in ORNL’s biological and environmental sciences directorate.
Thomas Zawodzinski, an expert and innovator in fuel cell and related energy storage science and technology, has been named the fifth UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair. Zawodzinski will serve in the chemical and biomolecular engineering department at UT Knoxville and in the physical chemistry of materials group in ORNL’s materials science and technology division.
Yilu Liu, an expert in the technologies used to monitor power grids and a researcher in ways to create the next generation “smart grid,” has been named the fourth University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Liu, currently the director of the Center for Power Engineering at Virginia Tech, will hold appointments at ORNL’s energy and transportation science division and the department of electrical engineering and computer science in UT Knoxville’s College of Engineering.
Howard Hall, a nuclear chemist and expert in preventing and responding to nuclear terrorism, has been named as the third UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair. Hall, currently the radiological detection and response program leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will hold appointments in the UT Knoxville nuclear engineering department and the global nuclear security division at ORNL.
Renowned polymer scientist Alexei Sokolov has been named as the second University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. “This is another important step forward toward our goal to build the university’s capabilities and reputation as a leading national research institution,” said acting UT President Jan Simek in making the announcement.
A team led by biophysicist Jeremy Smith of the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has taken a significant step toward unraveling the mystery of how proteins fold into unique, three-dimensional shapes.