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Postdoc, Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division
Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, University of Wisconsin
Hometown: Parker, Colorado
What are you working on at ORNL?
From advanced molten salt reactors to traditional light water reactors, there exists an untapped opportunity to couple reactor technologies with additional systems such as energy storage and industrial processes. I investigate the integration of these unique hybrid energy systems to enable more economical and environmentally conscious solutions for the future.
What would you like to do in your career?
A common refrain in the nuclear world is that we need to “build something”. The same applies to my career. To significantly contribute to a serious effort to explore and apply advanced technologies, experimentally and computationally, in energy or elsewhere, that have a substantive impact on our society.
Why did you choose a career in science?
To me, one purpose of this life is to learn. A scientific career provides the skills necessary to actively pursue knowledge and independently evaluate it. Knowledge is power, it enriches all aspects of my life. Including making me a better chef and farmer!