The science that addresses today's and tomorrow's pressing environmental issues must arise from a broad multidisciplinary foundation. With that in mind, the University of Tennessee (UT) created the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) to promote development of policies, technologies, and educational programs that cut across multiple disciplines, engage the university's research faculty and staff, and grow in response to environmental issues facing the state, the nation, and the globe.
Dr. Chris Cox, professor and associate department head in UT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, directs ISSE. Under his leadership, ISSE is focused on increased interaction and stronger partnerships with faculty and students on the UT campus. Increasingly, ISSE research will be led by tenured and tenure-track faculty members and their students, with ISSE staff members playing supporting roles.
In addition, ISSE priorities have been refocused to enable research with clear environmental and sustainability impacts.
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