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Dr. Lee L. Riedinger


Lee L. Riedinger is the Associate Laboratory Director for University Partnerships at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). In this role he extends the capabilities of the laboratory through joint programs with universities, including joint faculty hires and joint institutes. In addition, he is leading the formation of a broad effort to recruit new talent to the laboratory from the top universities in the country. He has led the expansion of the ORNL outreach effort focused on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and formed a summer research program for HBCU/MEI faculty. From 2000 to 2004, he served as the ORNL Deputy Director for Science and Technology.

Before joining ORNL as part of the UT-Battelle management team, he was head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Tennessee (UT), and has been on the faculty since 1971, a full professor since 1978. He served from 1988 to 1991 as the director of the University of Tennessee Science Alliance Center of Excellence, a program devoted to building joint research between UT and ORNL. He worked from 1991 to 1995 as the UT Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, which was then the chief research officer for the University. From 1993 to 1996, he was the first chair of the Tennessee Science and Technology Advisory Council, which advises the Governor and the Legislature on technical priorities for the state.

He received a Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics from Vanderbilt University in 1968. His field is experimental nuclear physics, emphasizing properties of high-spin states in deformed nuclei; he is an author of 190 refereed publications, has given 60 invited talks at conferences and workshops, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). His research has been funded by the Department of Energy since 1976. Various sabbatical leaves have been spent at the Niels Bohr Institute in Denmark. He served as the elected chair of the Division of Nuclear Physics of the APS in 1996 and the chair of the Southeastern Section of the APS in 2004. In 1983-84, he served as science advisor to Tennessee Senator Howard Baker, who was then the majority leader of the U.S. Senate.