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January 23, 2013 | Tom Ballard

ORNL’s third annual “Bridging the Gap” event set for March 5 and 6

Plans are developing for Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) annual “Bridging the Gap” event.

According to Tom Rogers, Director of Industrial and Economic Development Partnerships, the 2013 program has been revised from previous years “to focus more on ORNL capabilities in energy, advanced materials, and big data.”

It will be held the afternoon of March 5 and through mid-afternoon on March 6.

“We’ll introduce you to some of the most dynamic people at the lab, provide tours of our fabulous new applied research facilities, and give you the opportunity to meet many of your peers from across the southeast,” Rogers said. “Our goal is to connect a select audience of entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts with ORNL’s world-class R&D resources, and to establish partnerships that will translate our research into commercial applications.”

The preliminary agenda shows the event starting at 1 p.m. March 5 with a keynote address by Thom Mason, ORNL Director, followed by program sessions focusing on “Innovations in Energy” (bioenergy, advanced vehicles, and building technologies) and “Innovations in Advanced Materials” (additive manufacturing and carbon fiber composites).

The first day ends with a reception.

March 6 starts with a breakfast discussion about cluster strategies around ORNL’s capabilities in advanced manufacturing and carbon fiber composites. There’s an “Innovations in Big Data” session that includes Geographic Information Systems, medical records analysis, and modeling and simulation. After lunch, attendees can tour ORNL facilities.

For registration information, click the link in our “Upcoming Events” or go to

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