NSF Engines Development Award:

Advancing carbon centric circular economy technologies for advanced manufacturing solutions (KY, TN)

The research, education, economic development, industrial and manufacturing leaders of the Southeastern Commerce Corridor (SCC) of Kentucky and Tennessee received an NSF Engine Development Award to establish a coalition whose mission is to Generate Advanced Manufacturing Excellence for Change (GAME Change) in the Southeastern Commerce Corridor (SCC). 

By 2034, the Southeastern Commerce Corridor (SCC) will be a global leader in next-generation manufacturing and supply chain innovation for the circular economy, supported by an inclusive and diverse workforce.  

With a focus on circular manufacturing including transportation and infrastructure, and our two technology pillars: digital integration and full product lifecycle, GAME Change will leverage unmet needs to catalyze use-inspired research and translate innovations to practice, grow and reskill the regions’ diverse workforce and create a circular economy predicated on a diverse ecosystem of partners with shared values working together to achieve our goals.

Game Change Leadership Team

Project Director

Ian McClure, J.D., LL.M., University of Kentucky

Talent & Workforce Development

Dr. Kris Williams, KCTCS

Innovation Leadership

Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

Use-Inspired Research & Development

Dr. Doug Adams, Vanderbilt University

IDEA Engine

Kayla Meisner, Kentucky Commercialization Ventures

Ecosystem of Partners & Industry

Marc Gibson, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Innovation Translation to Practice

Robert Turner, Tennessee State University

Scale Centers & Vendor Studios

Will Metcalf, University of Louisville

Evaluation & Assessment

Dr. Shannon Sampson, University of Kentucky

Speed to Market

Vijay Kamenini, Metals Innovation Initiative

Core Partners



In its Development Phase, GAME Change will further organize its coalition and design an actionable strategic plan to investigate use-inspired problems, test solutions and translate innovations to market related to gaps in sustainable Next-Generation Manufacturing (NGM) and logistics.

Current State

Enabling Technologies

Future Vision


GAME Change Engine

Research reported on this website was supported by the National Science Foundation under Award #2302947. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.