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, Manufacturing Demonstration Facility
Ph.D. student, Energy Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee (Bredesen Center)
Hometown: Chennai, India
What are you working on at ORNL?
I currently work on characterizing material properties of high-performance thermoplastic composites for large-scale 3-D printing on the Big Area Additive Manufacturing system. My research will contribute to answering the big question in 3-D printing—"What makes a material printable?"—and also involve methods to enhance properties of printed parts.
What would you like to do in your career?
I would like to continue working in the field of polymer additive manufacturing, further exploring its capabilities and contributing to the development of new printable materials.
Why did you choose a career in science?
From childhood my interactions with my father, a chemical engineer, kindled a strong desire in me to understand how things work and solve real-world problems that could have a broad impact. With a career in science, it is exciting to work with people who share a common goal. There is something new to learn every day.