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Jesse Thornburg learned early in life how to fix things

Jesse Thornburg says he grew-up moving around the east coast before the family settled in Asheville, NC for his high school years. His…

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Hicham Ghossein reutilizing scrap and recycled chopped fibers for non-woven mats


Reutilizing scrap and recycled chopped fibers and turning them into long fiber non-woven mats is the focus of Hicham Ghossein,…

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Jesse Claypoole focused on developing a camera to make smart machines even smarter

Jesse Claypoole is focused on developing a camera that does not exist in the market now so that smart machines can become even smarter.…

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Seated are Michelle Buchanan, ORNL deputy for science and technology; Alex Lewis, CEO of Electro-Active Technologies; and Stacey Patterson, University of Tennessee Research Foundation president, who signed the licensing agreement for two ORNL microbial electrolysis technologies. Standing, from left, are Mike Paulus and Jennifer Caldwell of ORNL; Abhijeet Borole of Electro-Active Technologies; Maha Krishnamurthy of UTRF; and Edna Gergel and Brian Davison of ORNL. Credit: Carlos Jones/Oak Ridge National Labor
Bioenergy startup licenses ORNL food-waste-to-fuel system

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 16, 2019—Electro-Active Technologies, Inc., of Knoxville, Tenn., has exclusively licensed two biorefinery…

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Megan O'Connor
Megan O’Connor provides midpoint update on Nth Cycle Technologies

Megan O’Connor, one of three Co-Founders of Nth Cycle Technologies, is “all-in” on…

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Shane McMahon
Shane McMahon provides midpoint update on Lux Semiconductors

Lux Semiconductors, led by Co-Founders Shane McMahon and Graeme Housser, is focused on…

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Anna Douglas and Megan O'Connor
Female founders drive latest batch of Knoxville startups

We have an incredible cadre of successful female founders in Knoxville including Sharon Pryse (The Trust Company), Patricia Nash (…

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Justin Nussbaum standing in front of large-scale metal additive manufacturing machine
Printing the Future

USF mechanical engineering alumnus Justin Nussbaum, Ph.D., shares how he's getting an early start at building his own manufacturing…

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