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We Pursue the Breakthrough

Catalytic thinking leads to life-changing impact.

Welcome to the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis. We combine and optimize university, corporate and community resources to propel consequential research and high-impact innovation, the kind of work that ultimately produces new technologies, patentable intellectual property, and even exciting new commercial enterprises committed to making the future a better place. 


Where Hard Questions Become Hard Science

How can we use personal mobile sensors to improve global health? What new paths in artificial intelligence can lead us to better ways of learning? How can additive manufacturing improve national security? These and many other questions lead our researchers in their quests for something new, better and far-reaching. In short, we pursue the breakthrough.

The FedEx Institute of Technology supports unique interdisciplinary Research Clusters made up of faculty members from across campus and around the world who are dedicated to advancing the science of what’s next. Our researchers are focused on both the most pressing issues facing us today and the most exciting possibilities and opportunities that lie ahead. 

Discover more about the Research we support and the impact it is making around the world.


Where Collaboration Becomes Innovation

Some experiments work well in a vacuum, but people rarely do. That’s why we create dynamic collaborative opportunities for business, research, education and innovation. Our UMRF Research Park has become a center for creative empowerment. The company we spun out, UMRF Ventures, provides a talent pipeline resource for companies, employment opportunities for students and, ultimately, a qualified pipeline of graduates for employers. And, our FRONTIERS initiative creates an avenue for corporate leaders to use our premier research resources and students to explore big ideas, overcome obstacles and create and bring impactful, sustainable technological solutions.

Learn more about how we drive Innovation.


Where Engagement Becomes Empowerment

The FedEx Institute of Technology brings experts from around the world together for lightning talks, hackathons, webinars and a wide variety of emerging tech training programs for business and industry. 

See how our Outreach is making the world a smarter place.


Where New Technologies Become Breakthrough Products

The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) within the FedEx Institute of Technology is charged with making the UofM’s technological achievements available to the private sector for the development of commercial products that improve how business is conducted, how customers are served, and how we all live. Partnering with Epicenter, the FedEx Institute of Technology has created a program designed to hire postdoc fellows to start businesses utilizing patented intellectual property, developed both in Memphis and across the United States, to turn great ideas into successful companies. Our Patents2Products program offers these post-doc entrepreneurs a two year funded position, patented intellectual property and all the tools necessary to launch successful start-ups. 

Learn more about the Office of Technology Transfer



A Tennessee Flagship Carnegie R1 Research Institution.



Featured Speakers / Events

  • Research Leadership Professional Development Series: Emotional Intelligence and Leadership
    FedEx Institute of Technology  | Tuesday, November 1 | 3-4 PM | RSVP here.


  • FinTech Speaker Series: Blockchain Adoption in a Supply Chain with Market Power
    FedEx Institute of Technology  | Tuesday, November 8 | 10:30 AM | RSVP here.


  • Dr. David PageFIT Distinguished Guest Speaker Series: Geospatial Data and its use 
    Virtual | Wednesday, November 16 | 3 PM | RSVP here.


  • Dr. Magdala de Novaes – FIT-SPH Healthcare & Tech Speaker Series: Digital Health Strategy for Brazil
    Virtual | Thursday, November 17  | 3 PM | RSVP here.


Upcoming Events

November 1

Research Leadership Series: Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

November 1

Machine Learning/Data Sciences/R

November 2
November 3
  FIT Blockchain901 Seminar Series: Career prospects in Blockchain
November 3
  Dedication of solar benches from TVA, MLGW and UofM
November 4
  12th Annual Mid-South Cybersecurity Summit 2022
November 7-10
  SAFe Program Consultant (SPC)
November 10
  FinTech Speaker Series: Blockchain Adoption in a Supply Chain with Market Power
November 13
  Memphis Data Pros / Power BI Monthly Meetup
November 14-17
  Enterprise Business Agility
November 16
  The Distinguished Guest Speaker Series: Geospatial Data and Its Use
November 17
  FIT-SPH Healthcare & Tech Speaker Series: Dr. Magdala de Novaes: Digital Health Strategy for Brazil
November 19
  Memphis Game Developers (ONLINE) Workshop
November 21
  Memphis (Virtual) Python User Group
November 24
  Business Agility Memphis
November 25
  UX/UI Bytes

Learn More About Our Events