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June 12, 2024 | Tom Ballard

UT Research Foundation spotlights impact of Uday Vaidya

Three of his graduate students have either gone through or are currently part of the "Innovation Crossroads" program at ORNL.

If you are a regular reader of, you have read on several occasions about the impact that Dr. Uday Vaidya has made on the start-up community in Knoxville.

Three of his graduate students — Hicham Ghossein of Endeavor Composites, Alex Stiles of Vitriform3D, and Ryan Spencer of ThermaMatrix — have either gone through or are currently part of the “Innovation Crossroads” program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. But that is just part of the story. Since joining the university in August 2015, Vaidya has worked with the University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) to secure five patents, file 10 pending patent applications, and submit more than 40 invention disclosures, either as a researcher or through his joint appointments.

He came to UT, Knoxville after 14 years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he served as Director of the Materials Processing and Applications Development Center and also Department Chair of Materials Science and Engineering.

Today, Vaidya wears multiple hats. He’s the Governor’s Chair of Advanced Composites Manufacturing for UT Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is also a Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering and the Chief Technology Officer for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).

UTRF cast the spotlight on his work in the latest issue of its monthly newsletter. To learn more about Vaidya’s impact, click here.

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