University of Tennessee Space Institute’s Research Center is Growing

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By Meghan Morris

The University of Tennessee Space Institute’s Huntsville, Alabama, Research Center is staffed and hitting the ground running. Bruce LaMattina leads the office with Jerry Dahlberg and Anita Mills in Huntsville to provide key connections to business and industry. With a mission of becoming the portal for complex aerospace and defense solutions between the Huntsville area and the University of Tennessee System, the office is building relationships with local space and defense companies to bring the university expertise and facilities to bear on current research problems.

A group of six UT space institute employees in matching polo shirts
Back left to right: Dr. Bruce LaMattina, Misty Brown, Anita Mills and Meghan Morris. Front left to right: Andre Porter and Dr. Jerry Dahlberg.

The UT Space Institute has grown considerably in 2021 and has hired 25 people, which includes: two in the business office, two in the grants and contracts office, two in the dining hall, three in facilities, two in student services, two support staff for mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering, three in research support, one in technical support, four faculty and three post-doctoral positions. The research support and support staff positions that are open include a machinist and services trade specialist while there are several open faculty searches. These faculty searches include the UTSI Carolyn P. Boling Chair, which is geared toward propulsion research and three for the mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering department.

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