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Three finalists for director of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education will take part in open forums this week.

The candidates have been asked to provide a brief background of their career and their overall vision for the Bredesen Center.

Each candidate will have open forums in 408 Greve Hall and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. These presentations will not be broadcast or recorded.

The candidates and their open forum times are:

Lee Han, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Bredesen Center, 408 Greve Hall—Wednesday, December 12, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
  • ORNL, 4500N, Room 250—Thursday, December 13,10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Suresh Babu, UT–ORNL Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing and Professor of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering

  • Bredesen Center, 408 Greve Hall—Friday, December 14, 9 to 10 a.m.
  • ORNL, 4500N, K235 (Hiwassee)—Friday, December 14, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Mark Dadmun, Professor of Chemistry, ORNL–UT Joint Faculty

  • ORNL, CR5200 Room 219 (Cumberland)—Friday, December 14, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
  • Bredesen Center, 408 Greve Hall—Friday, December 14, 4 to 5 p.m.

The Bredesen Center unites resources and capabilities from UT and ORNL to promote advanced research and provide innovative solutions to global challenges in energy, engineering, and computation. There are 132 students currently enrolled in the center’s doctoral programs in energy science and engineering and in data science and engineering.

The Bredesen Center was created in 2010, and Lee Riedinger, who is now retiring, was appointed director that same year. It was named after former governor Phil Bredesen in 2011.