Christian M Petrie

Christian M Petrie

Group Leader, Senior R&D Staff

Dr. Petrie is a Senior R&D Staff member and Group Leader for the Advanced Fuel Fabrication and Instrumentation Group of the Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his B.S. (2010) in Mechanical Engineering, and his M.S. (2011) and Ph.D. (2014) in Nuclear Engineering from The Ohio State University. His research focuses on nuclear fuel development and accelerated fuel qualification. More specifically, Dr. Petrie is investigating additive manufacturing techniques for fabricating nuclear fuel components with embedded sensors and using accelerated, separate effects tests to understand the effects of neutron irradiation on fuel performance and sensor operation. At ORNL, Dr. Petrie has championed a wide range of sensor embedding activities focused on both metal and ceramic systems and commissioned several novel irradiation testing capabilities that allow accelerated testing of miniature fuel and materials specimens in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). He manages several work packages for programs within the US Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy and serves as the Deputy National Technical Lead for Irradiation Testing under the Advanced Fuels Campaign.

-- Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2023)

-- Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program Fellow, National Laboratory Director’s Council  (2023)

-- Landis Young Member Engineering Achievement Award, American Nuclear Society (2022)

-- Most publications, ORNL Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division  (2021, 2022)

-- Technology Commercialization Award, ORNL Technology Transfer (2021)

-- National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium Nominee (2019, 2020)

-- Alvin M. Weinberg Fellowship, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2014-2016)

-- Department of Energy Fuel Cycle R&D Excellence Award (2016)

-- Member of the Alpha Nu Sigma Honorary (2011-present)

-- Ohio State University Nuclear Engineering Program Award for Most Outstanding Graduate Scholar (2012)

-- Ohio State University Nuclear Engineering Program Award for Most Outstanding Graduate Researcher (2013)

-- Department of Energy NEUP Graduate Fellowship (2010-2013) and Undergraduate Scholarship (2009-2010)