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Suresh Babu

Governor’s Chair for Advanced Manufacturing

Suresh Babu is a materials scientist who explores the production, design, and performance of transforming materials into parts.

His research helps widen the scope of advanced manufacturing and additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, which is the process of adding successive layers to make a three-dimensional solid object from a digital model.

Babu is director of the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education. He also serves in UT’s Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering as well as the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Bio Pages

Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education


Tickle College of Engineering

Joint Institute for Advanced Materials

Facility Page

Manufacturing Demonstration Facility

In the News

December 2018 Suresh Babu to Lead UT-ORNL Bredesen Center

April 2018 UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair to Lead Major Research for US Navy

December 2017 Babu Receives Awards for His Expertise

March 2017 Nature Publishes UT Graduate Student’s Work

December 2016 UTRF Innovation Award Ceremony Honors UT Researchers

April 2016 High School Students Team with UT, ORNL to Produce New Type of Nail

October 2015 Aerojet Rocketdyne, UT, ORNL Take on New Advanced Manufacturing Thrust

January 2015 UT, ORNL Get a LIFT from Manufacturing Innovation Center

January 2015 IACMI: What it Means for UT, ORNL, and East Tennessee

October 2014 ORNL research reveals unique capabilities of 3-D printing

February 2014 UT Part of $140 Million White House Advanced Manufacturing Initiative

February 2014 White House Blog: Manufacturing Innovation Institutes: Putting America at the Forefront of 21st Century Manufacturing

November 2013 Four Faculty Named AAAS Fellows


July 2013 from Ohio State University

Sudarsanam Suresh Babu

Contact Info


UT 865-974-5184
ORNL 865-946-1270

407 Dougherty Engineering Building
1512 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2210