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Dr. Daniel B. Fant is the newly named director of research and partnership programs for UT’s College of Engineering.

Dr. Daniel B. Fant

He will work with engineering centers, departments, faculty and the UT Office of Federal Affairs to develop interdisciplinary research teams and proposals.

“Dr. Fant has the expertise and professional skills to enhance the College of Engineering’s capabilities to generate first-rate research,” said Dr. Wayne Davis, associate dean for research and technology.

Fant is a retired Air Force officer who spent much of his career as an engineering research manager and program administrator. He also worked with the Department of Energy’s National Gas Turbine Research and Development Consortium at Clemson University. Fant received the Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University.