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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 Zaretzki 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

Wanda Davis

Business Manager

Wanda Davis is the assistant to the director and Business Manager for the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education. Wanda moved to Tennessee from San Antonio, Texas and currently resides in Maryville, Tennessee.

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Rebecca Christ

Accounting Specialist

Cathy Milligan

Administrative Specialist






Allie Burns



Affiliated Professionals

Dr. Celia Merzbacher

Dr. Celia Merzbacher has served in leadership positions in science and technology policy, planning and program management.  Dr. Merzbacher was Director of Strategic and Institutional Planning and ARPA-E Program Manager at ORNL where she oversaw the Laboratory Directors Research and Development program and lab-level strategic planning.

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