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Every day, businesses in East Tennessee collaborate with world-class researchers and technology experts to apply discoveries with bottom-line benefits.  Regional leaders are actively engaged in additive manufacturing and carbon fiber composites, two recently growing industry clusters in East Tennessee.  For example, two programs offer ready expertise to innovative manufacturers:

  • Manufacturing Demonstration Facility - MDF provides access to unique research facilities related to materials development, characterization, and processing. Specialized facilities for modeling and simulation create an environment for breakthroughs in next-generation manufacturing and reduce risks for adopting cutting-edge manufacturing technologies. For more information, visit
  • Oak Ridge Carbon Fiber Composites Consortium – This is a consortium of private industry, educational institutions and government agencies with a common interest in carbon fiber technologies and developing relationships that will foster future collaborations. For more information, visit

For decades, East Tennessee businesses have benefited from advances underway at ORNL and dozens of university laboratories.  Collaborations at the many user facilities, joint institutes, and university laboratories reap a rich return on investment for knowledgeable business leaders.  For example:

  • At the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences, eXtreme Science Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is a single virtual system that scientists use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise. People around the world use these supercomputers, collections of data, and new tools to improve the planet. U.S. researchers may apply for free allocations of high-performance computer time, advanced user support, and storage resources that are available through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Cyberinfrastructure’s (OCI) XSEDE,

Explore the many user facilities that exist throughout East Tennessee and discover how they can benefit your business:

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UT Resources

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the flagship campus for the University of Tennessee system, which incorporates five campuses across the state.  Serving more than 27,000 students, the university also serves the broader community, including business interests. 

  • Center for Industrial Services Tennessee business and industry are assisted daily by CIS to improve their economic competitiveness on a national and global level.
  • Centers and Joint Institutes UT administers dozens of centers and five joint institutes that offer resources to area businesses in all disciplines.  Most importantly, these centers and institutes connect businesses to research discoveries that can give them the advantage in their own business development.
  • UT Research Foundation


The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. conducts research, development and demonstration (RD&D) related to the generation, delivery and use of electricity. This independent, nonprofit organization brings together scientists, engineers, and experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity.

EPRI’s work spans nearly every area of electricity generation (fossil fuels, nuclear, and renewable), delivery (transmission and distribution, grid modernization, cybersecurity, and distributed electricity resources), use (energy efficiency and electric transportation), management, and environmental responsibility (electricity and its impacts, health and safety).

Other Technology Beneficiaries

In addition, East Tennessee technology has helped create strong companies in the areas of:

  • Corporate services
  • Creative media services, and
  • Transportation