About the Book

In 1999, Oak Ridge National Laboratory was a research facility with an historic past and an uncertain future. The same year, the University of Tennessee and Battelle Memorial Institute became partners in a visionary process to transform Oak Ridge National Laboratory into a critical element in the nation’s future.

UT and Battelle, LLC, a global research and development organization committed to science and technology, successfully engaged the U.S. Department of Energy and the State of Tennessee and produced benefits that exceeded all expectations.

Today, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a global leader in supercomputing, neutron science and renewable energy; UT owns three state-of-the-art research buildings on the lab site and has put more than 100 joint faculty-scientist appointees there; and the state of Tennessee is home to a nationally coveted asset of intellectual and economic firepower.

Breaking the Mold is the story of how this unprecedented partnership went beyond the mere physical transformation of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to achieve a shared vision that positioned the lab and UT to compete successfully for some of the most highly sought-after research programs in the world.

The book was commissioned by the UT System Office of the Executive Vice President to chronicle the transformation of Oak Ridge National Laboratory under UT-Battelle management and to honor the visionary leaders who made it happen.

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