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Adam Cain, Senior IT Technologist, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Staff Spotlight: Adam Cain Maintains Materials Machines


Adam Cain joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2017 as the senior IT technologist. In this role, he offers support for faculty and staff computers, software licensed to the department, new computer purchases, and most anything IT related that is not covered by campus-wide OIT.

“I also have a specialty in IP security cameras,” said Cain.

He exercised this specialty in a previous job before coming to Rocky Top.

“I was the main IT person/systems administrator for a family-owned jeweler in Virginia,” he said. “I supported 15 stores across two states. Here for MSE, I do all the IT things. I enjoy my colleagues and the variety of things to do and problems to solve.”

Cain is originally from Bloomington, Indiana, and graduated from Virginia’s Liberty University in business management information systems & criminal justice. He and wife Shannon moved to Knoxville after living in Roanoke, Virginia, for several years. She is working to complete her PhD dissertation in social work here at UT.

Outside of IT pursuits, he enjoys photography, hiking, anything to do with technology and gadgets, craft beer, and target shooting. His wife is working on completing her PhD dissertation here at UT. They share their home with a pair of furry friends.

“We have a dog who would play fetch all day long,” said Cain. “And a cat who fancies herself the Dark Empress of the Universe.”

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