Taylor Eighmy

Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement

Dr. Taylor Eighmy is the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). He joined UTK’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement October 1, 2012. Dr. Eighmy presently serves on the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board and chairs the USEPA Research Budget Workgroup.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Research Policy and Graduate Education (CRPGE) of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU). He is the ORAU Councilor for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and served in that capacity while at Texas Tech University. Dr. Eighmy is active in the University Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) of the National Academies and will be hosting the fall 2015 meeting of UDIP in Knoxville. Eighmy has served as the founding board chair of the National Wind Resource Center and as a board member of the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance and the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock, TX. From 2009 through September 2012, he served as the Vice President for Research and Professor of Civil Engineering at Texas Tech University (TTU) in Lubbock.  While at TTU, he was instrumental in establishing the USDOE-Sandia National Laboratory-TTU SWIFT wind research facility and R&D program. Prior to June 2009, Dr. Eighmy was Interim Vice President for Research at the University of New Hampshire and Research Professor of Civil Engineering.  At UNH, he was also the Assistant Vice President for Research and Director of Strategic Initiatives. He chaired the UNH Energy Task Force and helped manage the State’s National Science Foundation (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) initiative. Dr. Eighmy was also the founding director of UNH’s Environmental Research Group (ERG), an applied environmental engineering and environmental science research center from 1987 through 2004. He also was the director of UNH’s Recycled Materials Resource Center from 1998 to 2004, a partnership with FHWA that promotes the wise use of recycled materials in highway construction. He received his B.S. in Biology from Tufts University in 1980, his M.S. in Civil Engineering from University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 1983, and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from UNH in 1986.