Vanderbilt, UT–Knoxville and more than 100 partner organizations join forces to develop mobility solutions
Vanderbilt University, in collaboration with the University of Tennessee–Knoxville and more than 100 partner organizations across the state, celebrated the launch of the TEAM TN initiative to advance next-generation transportation and mobility solutions during an event at UT Knoxville.
The June 26 showcase for Advancing Technology-Enabled Mobility Solutions (TEAM TN) was attended by notable guests, including U.S. Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty, Tennessee Rep. Tim Burchett (TN-02) and the director of the National Science Foundation, Sethuraman Panchanathan.
“TEAM TN is an exemplary effort in terms of bringing together all the aspects of expertise that exist in the state and beyond and see how we can address the future of mobility,” Panchanathan said. The NSF funding solidifies Tennessee’s role as a key player in the $2 trillion global mobility economy.
Earlier this year, TEAM TN secured a $1 million NSF Regional Innovation Engines Development award to support the creation of a road map for a statewide transportation mobility strategy. This positions the team to assist Tennessee in competing for up to $160 million in federal implementation funding in 2025.
Among the Vanderbilt participants in the event were:
- Abhishek Dubey, Vanderbilt’s faculty lead on TEAM TN and a showcase panelist
- Deanna Meador, lead instructor of the NSF-funded Mid-South I-Corps Hub, based at the Wondr’y, who led one of the showcase panels
- Keivan Stassun, recently appointed to the National Science Board
- Vice Provost for Research and Innovation Padma Raghavan
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