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Dianne Bull Ezell enjoys the variety of projects offered in a national laboratory setting.
Dianne Bull Ezell has always been a problem solver. As a child she built a bridge of Lego pieces for fun. Nowadays the Electrical & Electronics Systems Research Division engineer has grown from configuring toys to piecing together engineering solutions, and she’s still havin...
Emilio Ramirez studies the slugging transition in a bench scale reactor made possible by the Computational Pyrolysis Consortium, a multilaboratory collaboration formed to develop infrastructure ready fuel from biomass feedstock.
Just a few years ago, Emilio Ramirez spent his days operating and adjusting settings to optimize thermal performance at a Central California bioenergy power plant. Ramirez, a California native who is now a University of Tennessee doctoral candidate working with the Department of...
Miaofang Chi
Miaofang Chi is an early career scientist making a name for herself—and microscopy—at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She is a researcher at ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences whose early-career research accomplishments are attracting attent...
Diana Hun likes ORNL's state-of-the-art facilities and range of expertise.
When Diana Hun left her home in Panama City, Panama, to attend school at the University of Texas in Austin, she knew she wanted to be an engineer. Exactly which branch of engineering to pursue was not quite as straight-forward. Hun studied both mechanical and electrical engin...
Theoretical condensed matter physicist Cristian Batista brings advanced knowledge of theory to expand upon the experimental physics research conducted at ORNL. (Image credit: Genevieve Martin)
Theory and experiment push each other to expand the frontiers of physics. Now, the Neutron Sciences Directorate at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has both. Cristian Batista, a theoretical condensed matter physicist with a joint appointment at ORNL and th...
As a doctoral student Susan Hogle interned at ORNL's Radiochemical Engineering Development Center.
Susan Hogle has spent the last several years working to improve the production of radioisotopes, particularly californium-252. But not long ago, the native of Napanee, Canada, was working on the opposite task—researching how to dispose of nuclear material. “At Chalk River Laborat...
Mike Brady
When Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Mike Brady began his freshman year at Virginia Tech, he’d never heard of materials sciences. Now he’s a fellow of ASM International, the largest and most prestigious association of metals-centric materials scientists in the world. A na...
Simon Pallin
A scientist that sings opera and performs in musical theater? Sure. If you're a Renaissance Man like Simon Pallin. Pallin is a researcher in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Buildings Technologies Research & Integration Center. But his early interests and activities reveal a versatile person that could have chosen a number of occupations.
Fernanda Foertter
Fernanda Foertter, a user support specialist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, considers herself a tinkerer. Foertter’s tinkering started when she was a child, but her innate inquisitiveness still influences her work at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing...
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From the bluebird painting propped against her office wall and the deer she mentions seeing outside her office window, Linda Lewis might be mistaken for a wildlife biologist at first glance. But rather than trailing animal tracks, Lewis, a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is more interested in marks left behind by humans.