UT Research Park hosts a steadily growing number of partner companies leveraging their presence in the park to forge stronger collaborations with the University of Tennessee.
RegScale, an enterprise-wide compliance and security software company, has decades of experience in national security and highly regulated industries and moved to the UT Research Park for the numerous collaboration and growth opportunities. RegScale specializes in automation to solve complex digital transformation challenges, lower operating costs and increase digital security and has already begun collaborations with the Haslam College of Business and Tickle College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., provides innovative design solutions and integrated expertise in the primary practice areas of civil engineering, ecological sciences, environmental engineering and sciences, survey, waste management and water resources.
The firm is consistently ranked among the Top 500 Design Firms and Top 200 Environmental Firms by Engineering News-Record and has more than 20 offices across the United States, including Nashville and Sevierville in Tennessee.
Because of the continued relationship with UT, Chris Foster, assistant project manager in the survey department, has worked on two engineering senior design projects with UT students. Foster provided land survey support and mentorship. He also assisted in the computer-aided design (CAD) of the plan sets.
The first project involved the stream and bank stabilization and bridge design at the historic Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee. The second project addressed the replacement of a bridge crossing on a local farmer’s property in Blount County in Tennessee.
CEC secured a valuable intern who was an undergraduate student at UT and is now pursuing a master’s degree in environmental engineering. He worked for CEC over summer break in the company’s Nashville office.
In addition, CEC Knoxville has worked on multiple projects with UT providing survey, ecological and civil engineering services.
The Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (IAMM), founded in 2005, is a 140,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the research of materials science and/or advanced manufacturing at the University of Tennessee. IAMM is a joint facility shared by a multidisciplinary team of scientists from UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and operates at the forefront of modern materials science. It represents one of the world’s premier centers for advanced materials research.
IAMM/UT is home to more than 80 faculty members, spanning two colleges, across 11 departments
University Health Pharmacy, a specialty pharmacy owned by UT Medical Center, focuses on specialty care and care of patients with rare diseases. Through UH Pharmacy, UT Medical Center participates in phase II and phase III clinical trials, which enables a more straightforward process for FDA approval of developed medications.
Established in 1955, Volkswagen Group of America is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Volkswagen’s first innovation hub in North America will be housed at the UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm. The collaboration involves research opportunities for doctoral students and space in the Innovation North building. Initial work will focus on developing lighter vehicle components made from composite materials and the electrification of vehicles.
Volkswagen has been a valued partner of the University of Tennessee since opening its Chattanooga Assembly plant in 2011. UT Chattanooga and Volkswagen developed an MBA program allowing Volkswagen employees to earn the degree by taking classes at the plant or on campus.
Volkswagen also is a member of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)—The Composites Institute. IACMI has supported UT researchers, Volkswagen engineers and their collaborators in the creation of a novel composite liftgate for the Volkswagen Atlas that reduces weight by 35 percent as well as reducing investment cost.
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Spark Innovation Center
The Spark Innovation Center assists early stage technology companies gain their footing. We provide startups with the right kinds of support they need to become successful companies and continue to grow here in East Tennessee.
Active Energy’s core innovation in icephobic heat exchange (IHEX) leads to a low cost and highly efficient air conditioning system for large commercial buildings that reducescooling bills by up to 80%. Active Energy will be partnered with chiller OEMs to take its product to market, and will be responsible for manufacturing and delivering the IHEX modules, which act as the enabling component of an "ice chiller", to its partnered chiller OEMs.
American Nanotechnologies Inc. (ANI) isdeveloping technology to isolate high-value semiconducting carbon nanotubes from raw sources which contain amixture of metallic compounds. Will Fitzhugh is participating in ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads program, is collaborating with UT’s Center for Materials Processing, and has submitted several SBIR grant proposals that are under review.
Founder: Dr. William Fitzhugh
Chem Chip, LLC produces working electrodes based upon carbon nanospike material science innovation. They have an exclusive license from ORNL, a CNMS User Agreement, and their management team includes aco-inventor of the technology. Chem Chip hasrecently received an NSFPhase I SBIR award and is applying for several additional non-dilutive grants.
Founder: Brandon Iglesias
CQ Insights is a healthcare data analytics firm offering expert knowledge and technology for improving patient treatment and services. The company provides data analyses and solutions in a context that defines, measures, and improves satisfaction for all stakeholders within the medical profession. CQ Insights analyzes a collection of real-world data from surgeons, hospitals, and academic medical centers to enhance decision-making processes, patient experiences, and reduce costs.
Eonix reduces the time and cost to develop new materials for batteries and ultracapacitors using a novel high throughout, semi-autonomous technique. Their most recent discovery is a non-flammable electrolyte for use inlithium ion batteries. Don DeRosa has graduatedfrom ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads program, has been awarded grants from NYSERDA, NSF, and the U.S. Army, and is teaming with ORNL and UT researchers on a major DOE proposal.
Founder: Dr. Don Derosa
NeptuneFluid Flow Systems has developed a novel method for preparing thin films of soft material solution for cryo-TEM work, a new analytical tool of great interest to the scientific community. While they work at ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads program on material science applications, Trevor McQueen and Winnie Liang will be also working with researchers in UT’s Biology Department and at JIAM to prepare biological samples. They have also been awarded a DOE SBIR Phase I grant and a ReVV grant from the State of Tennessee.
Quantum Lock works by connecting all locks in a facility to a central point of communication for enhanced detection with a real time ledger of entry information. The system then createscompletely random unpredictable digital keys using something called a quantum random number generator along with secure communication so that only those with authorized access can enter a room or cabinet. Our communication protocols ensure that every authorized user has their own unique random key for each room that changes with each entry. This important step eliminates the need for master keys. Our software is built with connected security and efficiency in mind and designed to be user-friendly and automated to prevent human error. This design saves the facility from having to interrupt work-flow with lock interrogation. These security features keep a facility’s people and resources safe while improving staff transparency, detection, and efficiency.
Qubit Engineering Inc., is a quantum computing company that has developed new optimizationtechniques to improve the efficiency of wind energy. Dr, Marouane Salhi and two co-founders at UT are working with several very large wind energy companies on beta tests, and have recently applied for an SBIR award and to be a part of cohort 5of ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads program.
Founder: Dr. Marouane Salhi
Sky Nano, LLC produces high purity carbon nanotubes from ambient CO2 for use inmultiple markets. An Innovation Crossroads graduate, Anna Douglas has also won an NSF SBIR Phase I grant, a $2.5 million DOE award, and has her first commercial customer. She will be utilizing the SEM tools at UT’s Joint Institute for Advanced Materials she continues to scale up her technology.
Founder: Dr. Anna Douglas