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John Haines

Second Target Station Project Director

John Haines is director of the Second Target Station Project Office. He brings more than 30 years of experience leading project teams for technologically challenging systems and projects to his post at the laboratory. Before assuming his current position, John held leadership posts at the European Spallation Source, most recently managing the ESS construction project. He also served as the target division head, manager of the Target Station Subproject and associate director for ES&H and Quality. Prior to joining ESS, John served more than 20 years at ORNL in a variety of positions including director of the US ITER Non-Nuclear Systems Division, director of the Neutron Facilities Development Division, and projects and techniques group leader for the Spallation Neutron Source Experimental Facilities Division. He was also deputy lead for the SNS target, while managing all target-­related R&D activities for SNS.

John received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1991, after earning his master's in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

He has authored or co-authored more than 75 technical papers, and he has been a member of the American Nuclear Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for more than 30 years. 

John has served on review communities for neutron science projects around the world, including: the Technical Advisory Committee for the Chinese Spallation Neutron Source, the Technical Advisory Committee for the European Spallation Source, the Japanese Spallation Neutron Source International Advisory Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee for the MEGAPIE project at Switzerland’s Paul Scherrer Institute, the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Nuclear Engineering Department at North Carolina State University, and more than 10 project review committees for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.