Accelerating the Tennessee Valley automotive industry

Focus Areas

Research & Innovation

The DRIVE! region contains leading national research and innovation assets including the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and its Manufacturing Demonstration and Carbon Fiber Technology Facilities. The DRIVE! Consortium works to better connect these valuable research assets with small and medium employers and new startups by expanding proven research, financial and technical assistance programs.

Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

In early January, President Obama announced that UT will lead the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, a $259 million public-private partnership. The Institute reflects a $70 million commitment from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and $189 million...

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Research and Innovation Resources

The DRIVE! region is home to many institutions addressing critical technology and R&D challenges of the automotive industry.

 

 

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Operator at manufacturing line at Oak Ridge National LaboratoryThe nation's largest science and energy laboratory with 4,400 employees and an annual budget of $1.4 billion, Oak Ridge partners with government, industry and academia to help bring innovative technologies to market. Oak Ridge is home to the Department of Energy's Sustainable Transportation Program and various User Facilities, where scientists from around the world come to use state of the art equipment for advanced manufacturing technologies. 

ORNL WEBSITE

 

National Transportation Research Center

National Transportation Research Center front entranceNTRC, a part of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, offers industry, academia and other agencies the opportunity to access state-of-the-art technologies, equipment and instrumentation, and computational resources to advance transportation technologies.

NTRC website

 

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

The state's flagship university, UTK manages four joint institutes in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, fostering research in advanced materials, biological science, computational science and neutron sciences. 

UTK WEBSITE

 

University of Tennessee Research Foundation

UTRF promotes economic development through the commercialization of UT intellectual property and the operation of business incubator facilities at the Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus a joint project with Oak Ridge. To date, the partnership has spun off more than 90 new companies.

UTRF WEBSITE

 

University of Tennessee Space Institute

A graduate research institution, UTSI is focused on advanced materials research (including carbon fiber), key manufacturing component best practices, workforce training, and operational improvement.

UTSI WEBSITE

 

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

UTC research centers, including the Center for Energy, Transportation and the Environment and the SimCenter, part of the National Center for Computational Engineering, address real-world engineering problems and provide leadership in critical technology for sustainable energy.

UTC WEBSITE

 

Middle Tennessee State University

MTSU's Engineering Technology program, with expertise in materials engineering, systems control, and clean energy technologies holds several patents with private and international partners for hybrid and electric vehicles.

MTSU WEBSITE

 

Tennessee Technology University

The TTU Center for Manufacturing Research brings together state, universities, industries, and government agencies to forge leading-edge technological advances in manufacturing.

TTU WEBSITE


 

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The nation's largest science and energy laboratory with 4,400 employees and an annual budget of $1.4 billion, Oak Ridge partners with government, industry and academia to help bring innovative technologies to market. Oak Ridge is home to the Department of Energy's Sustainable Transportation Program and various User Facilities, where scientists from around the world come to use state of the art equipment for advanced manufacturing technologies. 

National Transportation Research Center

National Transportation Research Center front entranceNTRC, a part of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, offers industry, academia and other agencies the opportunity to access state-of-the-art technologies, equipment and instrumentation, and computational resources to advance transportation technologies.

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

The state's flagship university, UTK manages four joint institutes in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, fostering research in advanced materials, biological science, computational science and neutron sciences. 

University of Tennessee Research Foundation

UTRF promotes economic development through the commercialization of UT intellectual property and the operation of business incubator facilities at the Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus a joint project with Oak Ridge. To date, the partnership has spun off more than 90 new companies.

University of Tennessee Space Institute

A graduate research institution, UTSI is focused on advanced materials research (including carbon fiber), key manufacturing component best practices, workforce training, and operational improvement.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

UTC research centers, including the Center for Energy, Transportation and the Environment and the SimCenter, part of the National Center for Computational Engineering, address real-world engineering problems and provide leadership in critical technology for sustainable energy.

Middle Tennessee State University

MTSU's Engineering Technology program, with expertise in materials engineering, systems control, and clean energy technologies holds several patents with private and international partners for hybrid and electric vehicles.

Tennessee Technology University

The TTU Center for Manufacturing Research brings together state, universities, industries, and government agencies to forge leading-edge technological advances in manufacturing.

Map of the Tennessee Valley

The Tennessee Valley region is home to six major automotive manufacturers with a supply chain of over 900 mostly small- and medium-sized businesses, employing more than 100,000 people.

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