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Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Arnab Banerjee has charted several accomplishments in his neutron studies of quantum phenomena.
May 21, 2018 – Raman. Heisenberg. Fermi. Wollan. From Kolkata to Göttingen, Chicago to Oak Ridge. Arnab Banerjee has literally walked in the footsteps of some of the greatest pioneers in physics history—and he’s forging his own trail along the way.
ORNL researcher Heather Buckberry adjusts settings on a home appliance. Smart appliances and heating/cooling systems are designed to give homeowners the ability to closely manage electricity usage.
April 27, 2018 – A few miles from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory sits a quiet house in a suburban neighborhood.
Julie Smith
April 9, 2018 – It may take a village to raise a child, according to the old proverb, but it takes an entire team of highly trained scientists and engineers to install and operate a state-of-the-art, exceptionally complex ion microprobe. Just ask Julie Smith, a nuclear security scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Shaheen Dewji, radiological scientist in the Center for Radiation Protection Knowledge within the Environmental Sciences Division at ORNL.
April 3, 2018 – Having begun her career at the lab in the nuclear nonproliferation and radiation safeguards area, Shaheen Dewji is leveraging her expertise to help expand the work of the Center for Radiation Protection Knowledge (CRPK)—a unique organization led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory that focuses on preserving expertise in radiation dosimetry.
Composites scientist and engineer Vlastimil Kunc with the latest large-scale 3Dprinter at the MDF.
March 21, 2018 – Vlastimil Kunc grew up in a family of scientists where his natural curiosity was encouraged—an experience that continues to drive his research today in polymer composite additive manufacturing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Stacy Davis has a trove of transportation facts and trends at her fingertips.
February 27, 2018 – For anyone seeking comprehensive data and analysis regarding the vehicle technology market, all roads lead to Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Stacy Davis.
Brian Post is building the future of large-scale additive manufacturing at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL.
January 22, 2018 – Brian Post came to the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory looking for a way to combine his interests in controls engineering and robotics, and he found it at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF), where he and his colleagues are revolutionizing 3D-printing with every improvement they make.
A senior research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Olufemi “Femi” Omitaomu is leveraging Big Data for urban resilience. Image credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy; photographer Jason Richards.
January 22, 2018 – At the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Olufemi “Femi” Omitaomu is leveraging Big Data for urban resilience, helping growing cities support future infrastructure and resource needs.
ORNL researcher Miaofang Chi refines her microscopy techniques toward understanding how and why materials have certain properties.
January 8, 2018 – Material surfaces and interfaces may appear flat and void of texture to the naked eye, but a view from the nanoscale reveals an intricate tapestry of atomic patterns that control the reactions between the material and its environment.
Mallory Ladd gathers field samples on the coastal plain of northern Alaska. Photo courtesy, Mallory Ladd.
January 2, 2018 – Mallory Ladd began trekking to the Arctic, even before her time at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in search of a better understanding of what’s going on belowground and how it links to changes in the larger landscape.
Robert Wagner is director of the National Transportation Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Photo credit: Jason Richards, ORNL.
December 4, 2017 – Some engineers are attracted to fuels and engine research out of a love of cars. For Robert Wagner, however, enthusiasm for combustion science and chaos theory drew him to this area of research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Eugene Mamontov and the BASIS beam line at the Spallation Neutron Source at ORNL. Photo credit: Jason Richards, ORNL.
November 28, 2017 — Eugene Mamontov’s background in both basic and applied science has made him a valued partner for scientists who come to the Spallation Neutron Source at ORNL in search of a better understanding of the water dynamics in their research—projects as diverse as studying plant cellulo
Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Ho Nyung Lee regards his research in novel materials as a “career hobby.”
November 6, 2017 – Some hobbies, like woodworking, require a careful eye for planning and construction. Others, like building a ship in a bottle, need a steady hand and utmost precision.
November 1, 2017 - Adam Witt’s career path has followed some twists and turns, much like the rivers he studies. But the diversity of his professional experience is a boon to his work as he looks for new ways to harness an ancient energy source: water.
ORNL’s Michael Hu is the team lead for thermochemical processing under the DOE Bioprocessing Separations Consortium, leading scientists from eight national laboratories as they develop technologies  to reduce the cost of expensive catalysts.
October 26, 2017 – Chemical and biomolecular engineer Michael Hu has spent his career devising novel means to filter, separate, and select desirable materials from liquids and gases with an eye toward better biofuels, biochemicals, pharmaceuticals, and other products—and is setting his sights on applying the technology to clean water research.
Chengyun Hua applied for a Liane B. Russell Distinguished Early Career Fellowship after meeting ORNL researchers at a Society of Women Engineers conference.
October 13, 2017 – In Chengyun Hua’s research, everything revolves around heat and how it moves. As a Russell Fellow at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Hua carefully analyzes nanoscale heat transfer mechanisms using laser spectroscopy.
October 3, 2017 - For many scientists and engineers, the first real test of their mettle comes not in a classroom, but in a lab or the field, where hands-on experience can teach volumes. For Susan Hogle, that hands-on experience just happened to be with material that was too hot to handle—literally.
Baldwin with the HERMIES III robot at ORNL in 1988. Photo courtesy, ORNL.
September 22, 2017 – Michelle Baldwin’s engineering work has taken her from the public to the private sector and back again, although it was not certain early in her academic career that she would pursue a technical field at all.
Niyanth Sridharan's research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has contributed to understanding the unexpected behavior of irradiated alloys.
September 13, 2017 – Niyanth Sridharan grew up in a family that indulged his questions by using real-world examples to explain scientific concepts. That natural curiosity still drives the materials researcher today as he explores additive manufacturing techniques at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Arjun Shankar
September 5, 2017 — The field of “Big Data” has exploded in the blink of an eye, growing exponentially into almost every branch of science in just a few decades.
Computational climate scientist Salil Mahajan simulates the complex and chaotic aspects of climate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
August 30, 2017 – Simulating the global climate in high resolution at multiple scales will help answer questions about future global and regional climates. However, as performance expectations increase for Earth system models, so do computing challenges.
Mindy Clark with a crop of more than 5,000 Populus plants in an ORNL greenhouse.
August 23, 2017 – Mindy Clark’s enthusiasm for plant biology has only grown from her time in the classroom at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) to her years working in greenhouse operations for private industry and more recently at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
ORNL researcher Tara Pandya, who had an early interest in music, develops Monte Carlo and Deterministic radiation transport codes as a computational nuclear engineer.
August 7, 2017 – Tara Pandya’s interest in nuclear engineering began with a literal flash of inspiration.
Anthony Walker
August 3, 2017 -  During the workday, Anthony Walker spends considerable time designing models to advance our understanding of Earth’s biological systems. In the evenings and on weekends, he takes a more hands-on approach to the natural world, whether working in his garden or out kayaking on area waterways.
July 24, 2017 − Finding new energy uses for underrated materials is a recurring theme across Amit Naskar’s research portfolio. Since joining Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2006, he has studied low-cost polymers as carbon fiber precursors, turning lignin−a byproduct of biofuel production−into renewable thermoplastics and creating carbon battery electrodes from recycled tires.