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Daren Timmons, Ph.D.

Director, Industrial and Strategic Partnerships
Savannah River National Laboratory


Daren Timmons is the director of Industrial and Strategic Partnerships at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). In this role, Timmons works directly with SRNL staff, industrial partners, and the Department of Energy (DOE) to identify SRNL innovations that will advance the economic, energy and national security interests of the nation. He works to accelerate the transition of those innovations into deployment by industry and eventually into the marketplace.

Timmons has held multiple positions within academia, including as the provost and executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of South Carolina Aiken (USC Aiken) and as the dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering. During his seven years at USC Aiken, he helped strengthen the university in a variety of areas by providing critical support and impactful leadership, enhancing the university’s academic portfolio and industry connectivity. Prior to USC Aiken, Timmons was the John C. Allen ’62 Institute Professor and head of the chemistry department at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), where he developed new liquid crystal materials and metal-organic frameworks. While at VMI, he received the VMI Meritorious Service Medal.

Timmons also sat on the Academic Program Advisory Committee for the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, the Chief Academic Officers Board, and the Council on Public Liberal Arts Colleges Finance Committee. He also served as a chair of the board for Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness.

Timmons has a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Duke University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in chemistry from Texas A&M University.