ORNL is proud of its role in fostering the next generation of scientists and engineers. We bring in talented young researchers, team them with accomplished scientists and engineers, and put them to work at the lab’s one-of-a-kind facilities. The result is research that makes us proud and prepares them for distinguished careers.
We asked some of these young researchers why they chose a career in science, what they are working on at ORNL, and where they would like to go with their careers.
Graduate student, Consortium for the Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors
Ph.D. student, Energy Sciences and Engineering, University of Tennessee (Bredesen Center)
Hometown: LaCoste, Texas
What are you working on at ORNL?
I am applying the advanced modeling and simulation capabilities in CASL to investigate a particular problem in the nuclear power industry called “crud induced power shift.” I am collaborating with industry partners to determine the value to industry of using these advanced tools in analyzing real world reactor designs.
What would you like to do in your career?
My short-term goals are to continue working in research to increase my experience, and hone my skills in addressing and solving complex problems. Ultimately, I want to invent a meaningful advancement in the energy field and take that idea into commercial production and application to help support and improve the energy situation in the United States and maybe throughout the world.
Why did you choose a career in science?
I chose a career in science because I see it as a wonderful way to help people and improve their quality of life throughout the world. Technology and scientific knowledge, when it is applied in a positive way, can change the world for the better in wonderful and amazing ways, and I want to be an active part of that.