Your gateway to collaboration with the University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Research Park at Cherokee Farm is located just across the Tennessee River from UT’s flagship campus in Knoxville. We offer an ideal location for companies and entrepreneurs to collaborate with the talent at UT, and we provide the right connections to foster success. Contact us today to learn more about our facilities, tools and services.

The university's Innovation Gateways include:

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Future Mobility
  • Energy and Environment
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human Health and Wellness


The UT Research Park team is dedicated to helping both established companies and entrepreneurs forge successful collaborations with the University of Tennessee. With our strong ties to university leadership, faculty and students, we’re able to help connect your new ideas or current challenges to the correct solution.

Anthony Hopson

Interim President & CEO

Rickey McCallum

Vice President of Business Development

Lilly Tench
Lilly Tench

Director of the Spark Innovation Center

John Bruck
John Bruck

Co-Founder and Lead Advisor, Spark Innovation Center

Carol Seamons
Carol Seamons

Spark Expert-in-Residence

Bill Malkes

Spark Expert-in-Residence

Emily PeddEr

Operations Manager

Aaron Stone

Marketing and Administrative Coordinator

Board of Directors

Deborah Crawford

CFDC Board Chair

Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Harry L. Boston

Founder & President, Boston Government Services

Brandon Bruce

CEO & Co-Founder, Uncat

Lori Chamberlain

Retired CFO, Aegis Health Group, Inc.

Victoria Hirschberg

Assistant Vice President of Research, Outreach, & Economic Development, University of Tennessee System

Joe Hoagland

Vice President of Enterprise Relations and Innovation, Tennessee Valley Authority

Maha Krishnamurthy

President, University of Tennessee Research Foundation

Sharon Pryse

Chairman & CEO, The Trust Company

Aerial map view of U T Research Park and Cherokee Landing riverfront park

At the University of Tennessee, researchers imagine the possibilities and work to solve the world’s most complex problems with innovative solutions. The university has helped Tennessee become a world leader in renewable energy, and the University of Tennessee Research Park at Cherokee Farm is a catalyst to continue to move the university, state and country forward in multiple areas of research, including materials science, high-speed computing, agriculture and biotechnology.

UT Research Park – a partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) – provides private industry with access to excellent faculty and researchers, as well as world-class resources in a scenic location with a dynamic workforce.

Join us in imagining the possibilities by partnering with the UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), jointly managed by the University of Tennessee and Battelle, provides exceptional researchers with sophisticated equipment and unique facilities to solve some of the nation’s most compelling challenges.

As the largest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) open science laboratory, ORNL’s mission is to deliver scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs that accelerate the development and deployment of solutions in clean energy and global security while creating economic opportunities for the nation.

ORNL scientists find creative ways to bring open science capabilities to industry, providing ready access to an array of tools, processes and research expertise difficult to find at any other single institution in the world.

The lab, a 30-minute drive from Knoxville, creates and deploys multidisciplinary and multi-institutional teams whose efforts transform fundamental research into new technologies and applications. Signature strengths in neutron scattering, high-performance computing, advanced materials and nuclear science and engineering are the foundation for a broad research and development portfolio.

ORNL has a staff of 4,900, including scientists and engineers in over 100 disciplines working within a $1.8 billion annual budget. We host 3,300 users and 1,500 visiting scientists every year. Since 2004, we’ve had 947 patents issued and have 168 active licenses as of September 2018.


East Tennessee

East Tennessee has something to offer everyone.

When we’re not cheering on the Vols or performing billions of calculations each second on the world’s most powerful supercomputer, we have an assortment of engaging pursuits and plenty of affordable family-friendly activities to keep us busy.

From an abundance of outdoor activities, including hiking and water sports, to world-renowned music and festivals and a thriving arts and maker community to a foodie’s paradise – East Tennessee boasts a beautiful and eclectic mix of down-to-earth sophistication.

Want to learn more about UT Research Park?

Contact our leadership team