Alexander: Oak Ridge Institute Will Meet Strategic Needs of Our Country

Posted on June 21, 2019

MARYVILLE, Tenn., June 21, 2019 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the University of Tennessee Board of Directors approved the creation of the Oak Ridge Institute:

"The Oak Ridge Institute at the University of Tennessee is an inspired idea that will meet head on one of the most strategic needs of our country by creating a new pipeline of American-trained scientists and engineers to help the United States compete in the global economy. It also will remind everyone of the excellence and prestige of two institutions -- the nation's largest science and energy laboratory and a major research university -- who have been combining forces for several decades for advanced research and the teaching of innovation and problem solving among multiple science disciplines. I will do everything I can as chairman of the U.S. Senate energy appropriations subcommittee to support this effort.”