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Sheila Webster

Director, Technology Research and Development Program

Dr. Webster is director of the ISSE's Technology Research and Development Program (TRDP). The TRDP is responsible for managing collaborative education and environmental research projects with firms in the Oak Ridge area, including Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Jacobs Engineering, Bechtel-Jacobs, Bechtel National, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and other private firms and governmental agencies.

The TRDP focuses on innovative educational and environmental projects that employ the latest technologies (or explore the use of such technologies) to resolve problems or issues. New initiatives examine the effects of such technological changes on cultural change within organizations and society. Most projects combine the resources of private and governmental sectors with the expertise of University staff, faculty, and students through teaming agreements. Dr. Webster has managed large collaborative projects in both the public and private sectors over the past 20 years. Her areas of expertise include education, business collaboration, management, and research.

Before joining the Energy, Environment and Resources Center (EERC, now merged with ISSE), Dr. Webster worked for a private nonprofit group, the Energy Opportunities Consortium, which was affiliated with the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of various professional organizations, including the Executive Women's Association and Leadership Tennessee. Dr. Webster serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Knoxville.


  • Ed.D., Vocational Technical Education (minor: Industrial Management), University of Tennessee
  • M.A., Business/Education, Western Kentucky University
  • B.S., Business/Education, Western Kentucky University