Cross-Cutting Energy Sciences
Supervising Faculty: Pat Collier
Bill McClintic grew up the oldest of five children in Bristol, TN. Bill’s favorite classes as a high school student at Tennessee High School were biology and mathematics. To continue developing his passion for biology and mathematics Bill attended the University of Tennessee from 2009 – 2014 studying Biomedical Engineering and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. Bill spent his time as an undergraduate student as a leader in the Knights of Columbus fraternal organization helping to explore faith by action, playing club Frisbee and intramural basketball, and working in the Center for Musculoskeletal Research (CMR) laboratory. The summer following graduation, Bill received an internship at the Nanofabrication Research Laboratory (NRL) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Bill’s first project at the NRL studied the dewetting properties of frost on superhydrophobic surfaces. This project evolved into an opportunity to study the effect of material surfaces on biological self-assembly processes as a fellow in the Bredesen Center for interdisciplinary research in Energy Science and Engineering. Now in his second year of the Bredesen Center program, studying material effects on self-assembly processes is the intended direction for Bill’s dissertation. The interdisciplinary nature of the Bredesen Center allowed Bill to study entrepreneurship where he worked on a project to assess the viability of 3D printed molds in the tool, dye, and mold industry, which led to a presentation at the world’s largest 3D printing conference RAPID 2016.