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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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Timothy Guthrie

Recruiter, UT-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute

Timothy manages recruiting efforts and engagement with prospective students for all UT-ORII affiliated Graduate Programs including the Bredesen Center and Genome Science & Technology.



Administrative Staff

Rebecca Christ

Business Manager

Rebecca manages day-to-day business and administration of the Bredesen Center. She facilitates initiation and renewal of contracts, oversees all financial and HR processes, and coordinates with other administrative units across campus.


Allie Burns

Academic Engagement Coordinator

Allie advises academic progress of all Bredesen Center students and facilitates student-services within the unit. This includes orienting new students, supporting matriculation, and providing guidance on issues concerning student success. She also collaborates on recruiting efforts and admissions.


Darcy Coffy

Accounting Specialist