Today, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a global leader in supercomputing, neutron science and renewable energy; UT owns three state-of-the-art research buildings on the lab site and has put more than 100 joint faculty-scientist appointees there; and the state of Tennessee is home to a nationally coveted asset of intellectual and economic firepower.
Breaking the Mold is the story of how this unprecedented partnership went beyond the mere physical transformation of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to achieve a shared vision that positioned the lab and UT to compete successfully for some of the most highly sought-after research programs in the world.
Governor Phil Bredesen joined a consortium of public and private universities in the state to announce a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to boost the state's energy-related research and education efforts. The grant is one of the largest ever awarded in Tennessee by the NSF.
The University of Tennessee, including all of its campuses statewide, brings at least $2.5 billion annually in income to the state of Tennessee and supports more than 53,600 jobs, according to a study released in May, 2010.
Information about, photographs from and news coverage of the 2009 president’s Campus Tour are catalogued here. You can read Interim President Jan Simek’s tweets from the tour and become a follower on Twitter.