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Sudarsanam Suresh Babu

UT/ORNL Governor’s Chair of Advanced Manufacturing and Professor

Appointments

2013-present
UT/ORNL Governor’s Chair of Advanced Manufacturing and Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2009-2013
Associate Director, Ohio Manufacturing Institute

Research
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Fundamental issues in non–equilibrium phase transformations
  • Thermo-mechanical-magnetic coupling effects
  • Application of in-situ neutron and synchrotron diffraction tools, atom probe field ion microscopy and electron microscopy
  • Laser surfacing for improvement of structural and biomaterial surfaces

Jamie B. Coble

Assistant Department Head for Undergraduate Studies and Service, Associate Professor, and Southern Company Faculty Fellow

Appointments

2019-present
Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2013-2019
Assistant Professor, Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2011-2013

Scientist, Applied Physics, Acoustics, and Ultrasonics, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Research
  • Process and equipment monitoring
  • Anomaly detection
  • Diagnostics and prognostics

Chad Duty

Professor

Appointments

2021-present
Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2015-2021
Associate Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2013-2015
Group Leader, Deposition Science & Technology Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Research
  • Additive Manufacturing of polymer and composite structures, focusing on anisotropic mechanical behavior, new material development, melt flow characterization, and optimizing process-structure-property relationships
  • Development of Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM)
  • Tooling applications for large scale additive manufacturing

Bradley Jared

Associate Professor

Appointments

2020-present
Associate Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical, Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2012-2020
Principal Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, Material, Physical and Chemical Sciences Center

Research
  • Additive manufacturing (AM)
  • Precision engineering
  • Design of precision electro-mechanical systems and mechanisms
  • Machine learning for manufacturing processes
  • Metrology processes

Anahita Khojandi

Associate Professor

Appointments

2020-present
Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2014-2020
Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Research
  • Markov decision processes
  • Dynamic programming
  • Predictive analytics
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Time series analysis
  • Anomaly detection

Bruce LaMattina

Senior Director for Space and Defense Programs and Research Professor

Appointments

2021-present
Senior Director for Space and Defense Programs at UTSI & Research Professor, University of Tennessee Space Institute

2018-2021
Associate Vice Chancellor, Strategic Research Initiatives & Research Professor in Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Office of Research & Engagement, Knoxville, TN

2017-2018
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development & Adjunct Professor in Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Office of Research & Engagement, Knoxville, TN

Research
  • Material properties and measurement
  • Multiscale modeling

Eric Lass

Assistant Professor

Appointments

2019-present
Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

2011-2019
Materials Research Engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

2009-2011
NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Research
  • Phase transformations and microstructural evolution in metals and alloys
  • Thermodynamic and kinetics
  • High temperature materials
  • Additive manufacturing

Uday Vaidya

UT/ORNL Governor’s Chair in Advanced Composites Manufacturing and Professor

Appointments

2015-present
UT/ORNL Governor’s Chair in Advanced Composites Manufacturing  Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering (MABE)  Chief Technology Officer, Institute for Advanced Composites and Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)

2001-2015
UAB Distinguished Professor and Department Chair, Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) and Director, Materials Processing and Applications Development (MPAD) Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Associate to Full Professor (2006) to Distinguished Professor; Graduate Program Director (2010-2014), Associate Chair (2013-2015)

Research
  • Advanced composites
  • Sustainable and green materials
  • Sound and vibration damping

Tony Zhongshun Shi

Assistant Professor

Appointments

2020-present, Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Tennessee Space Institute

Research
  • Data and model-driven science and engineering
  • Time, event and decision-driven complex systems
  • Scientific machine learning, data science, and artificial intelligence
  • Mathematical optimization, approximation, and scientific computation
  • Smart manufacturing, manufacturing systems dynamics, and operations engineering
  • AI and simulation-based engineering design and optimization