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April 24, 2022 | Tom Ballard

JIAMS rebrands as Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing

The first building constructed on the University of Tennessee (UT) Research Park has a new name. Formerly known as the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials (JIAMS), the massive facility – more than 142,000 square feet – is now known as the Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (IAMM).

The official renaming or rebranding came at an event Thursday evening that featured opening remarks by Deborah Crawford, Vice Chancellor for Research at UT, Knoxville, and a presentation by Jon Phipps, the Institute’s Interim Director.

“IAMM represents the future of fundamental and applied research at UT, with efforts spanning the disciplines of chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics, design, architecture, agriculture, and more,” said Crawford. “And our partnerships with industry, who can co-locate with our faculty and students in our mixed-use facilities, power the engine that drives economic opportunity in Tennessee and far beyond.”

The facility houses state-of-the-art laboratory and collaboration spaces, with more facilities to be added in the next few years, according to this news release. Additional work connected to the institute is happening throughout UT, including the UT Institute of Agriculture and the UT Space Institute, taking advantage of the university’s varied facilities and capabilities.

“What differentiates UT’s Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing from other initiatives,” explained Phipps, “is that we are a cross-cutting and multidisciplinary unit bringing together faculty from across the University of Tennessee’s flagship research university in a meaningful way, amplifying the impact we have collectively in these fields. We’re also working closely with our community and technical college partners to provide workforce development opportunities that meet the needs of our industry and community partners.”

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