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Why Science?

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.

Paritosh Santosh Mhatre

Graduate student, Energy and Transportation Science Division
Master’s student, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
Hometown: Mumbai, India

What are you working on at ORNL?

My work at ORNL focuses on the development of fieldable and scalable large-scale additive manufacturing systems capable of extruding concrete. I’m working on the design of the control system and a trajectory planner for the system aimed at smoothing the required motion and thus minimizing the induced vibrations.

What would you like to do in your career?

I would like to pursue a career in research and development of additive manufacturing systems and contribute toward increasing their adoption in mainstream manufacturing.

Why did you choose a career in science?

Since a very young age, I’ve had a desire to understand the working principle of things around me, which got me interested in science. Further, I was fascinated by high school physics, which confirmed my decision to choose science as a career.