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Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (UTK-ORNL)

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ITER 3D plasma equilibrium
This figure shows the ITER plasma surface and toroidal magnetic field coils.
An atomistic model of cellulose (blue) surrounded by lignin molecules (green) comprising of a total of 3.3 million atoms.
Global water vapor
The proper simulation of the distribution of water vapor in the climate system is essential to the accurate treatment of the hydrological cycle and the planetary radiation budget.

Bredesen Center Staff

Benjamin Allen

Ben Allen

Ben Allen is the lead recruiter, coordinator, advisor and media specialist for the Bredesen Center at the University of Tennessee. After earning his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Ben joined the Bredesen Center staff, where he continues to pursue his passion for science through a variety of projects and activites. As a recruiter, Ben travels across the country to top-tier universities in pursuit of high quality graduate students to perform science and engineering research at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In his advisory role, Ben is responsible for monitoring and assisting the academic progress of graduate students in the Bredesen Center, in addition to helping facilitate opportunities for research collaboration and networking. Additionally, Ben is highly skilled as an organizer, web designer and audiovisual producer. While working at the Bredesen Center, Ben completed his Master's degree in Science Education at the University of Tennessee. His research has focused on developing theoretical perspectives on interdisciplinary STEM education and the status of scientific labor in the United States. Ben is proud to be part of the Bredesen Center and is glad to contribute his efforts to advancing science education!


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Lee Riedinger
Professor of Physics

Mike Simpson
Professor of Material Sciences and Engineering
Assistant Director

Wanda Davis
Assistant to the Director
443 Greve Hall
821 Volunteer Blvd University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996

Ben Allen
Coordinator & Recruiter
418 Greve Hall
821 Volunteer Blvd University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996

Fax: 865-974-9482