19 Sep Bob Buckner
Bob Buckner joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in January 2023 as Director of the Heath Integrated Business and Engineering Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The program, a collaboration between the Haslam College of Business and Tickle College of Engineering, develops leaders who understand the interdisciplinary nature of business and engineering and are adept at breaking down organizational silos to increase collaboration and speed to market, improve engagement and productivity, and strengthen overall business results.
Prior to joining UT, he spent 35 years in IT and business roles in manufacturing, software startups, and large-scale financial services industries. He spent the last 6 years of his industry career working to align IT and business practices focusing on processes and practices that allow product delivery teams to better understand customer needs and deliver measurable business value.
Through those experiences, he has developed a passion for helping students learn diverse business and engineering practices that many industry professionals may not discover until several years into their professional careers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.