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Dr. Lee Riedinger

Bredesen Center Director

Dr. Lee Riedinger is a Professor of Physics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on the faculty since 1971. He received a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1968.

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Dr. Michael Simpson

Bredesen Center Assistant Director

Dr. Michael L. Simpson received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1991. He started his research life as an Electrical Engineer, but followed the call of interdisciplinary research to the boundaries between life, computational, and physical sciences.

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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







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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