Brennan T Smith

Water Power Program Manager

Brennan Smith is a Distinguished Research Staff member and leader of the Energy-Water Resource Systems Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  He also serves as the manager of ORNL’s Wind and Water Power Technologies research program at for the U.S. Department of Energy.  The water power research portfolio at Oak Ridge National Laboratory includes hydropower technology development, resource assessment, energy and water optimization, power systems optimization and modeling, water quality and ecological impacts of water resources systems, and energy policy analysis.  Dr. Smith received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1992 and 1995, respectively, and has been a registered professional engineer in the State of Tennessee since 1998.  Prior to joining ORNL in 2005, Dr. Smith was employed for 10 years as a technical specialist in hydropower and river operations with the Tennessee Valley Authority, conducting applied research and engineering studies of turbine and hydraulic structures performance and environmental hydraulics of regulated river systems.