Sudarsanam Suresh Babu


Sudarsanam Babu Metallurgy, Materials Science and Advanced Manufacturing Interdisciplinary Research and Education
Ph.D., Metallurgy and Materials Science, University of Cambridge, UK
M. Tech., Industrial Metallurgy, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
B.E., Metallurgy, PSG College of Technology, India


Sudarsanam Suresh Babu is the Governor’s Chair of Advanced Manufacturing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He also serves as Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering with joint appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He also serves within the Energy and Transportation division of the Energy and Environmental Sciences directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Babu has been instrumental and part of the local and national leadership in advanced manufacturing institutes to enable research and education on lightweight metals manufacturing, 3D printing and composites. He was the founding director of the National Science Foundation Industry–University Cooperative Research Center which focuses on joining and manufacturing and is leading the Office of Naval Research’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives program on fundamentals of additive manufacturing. He is a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, ASM International and American Welding Society.

Babu’s career spans basic and applied research in physical metallurgy, advanced manufacturing, additive manufacturing, as well as computational materials modeling. He has published more than 230 papers relevant to material science and manufacturing. He is also involved in the application of state-of-the-art characterization tools including atom probe tomography, synchrotron diffraction and neutron diffraction for understanding materials behavior. In his current role as the Director of the Bredesen Center, Babu is interested in the democratization of science and technology across our country at the intersection of energy, data and computing.

Babu started his career as research associate in the Institute for Materials Research, Sendai, Japan and held a senior level technology leader position in the area of engineering and materials at Edison Welding Institute, Columbus, Ohio. He also served as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Ohio State University.

He is a member of the National Science Board’s class of 2020 – 2026.