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Dr. Suresh Babu

Bredesen Center Director

Dr. Sudarsanam Suresh Babu is a Governor’s Chair in Advanced Manufacturing and is a professor based in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE) at UT and has a joint professorship with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). As a Governor’s Chair, he also has an appointment in the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate and in the Advanced Manufacturing Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

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Dr. Russell Zaretzki

DSE Program Director

Dr. Russell ZaretzkiĀ is an Associate Professor with the Haslam College of Business. He earned a Ph.D. in Statistics from Cornell University and has been on the UT Faculty since 2004.

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Administrative Staff

Rebecca Christ

Business Manager


Allie Burns


Allie advises academic progress of all Bredesen Center students, as well as facilitates recruitment efforts and admissions.


Shannon Brown

Administrative Specialist



Affiliated Professionals

Dr. Moody E. Altamimi

Dr. Moody Altamimi is the Director of the Office of Research Excellence at Oak Ridge National Lab.