Cole A Gentry

Computational Nuclear Engineer

Dr. Cole A. Gentry is a Computational Nuclear Engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division. His current work focuses primarily on the development and testing of Light Water Reactor (LWR) and advanced reactor simulation capabilities in both the CASL core simulator VERA and the SCALE lattice physics code POLARIS. Prior to joining ORNL, Dr. Gentry graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and worked as a Reactor Engineer at the Sequoyah Nuclear Facility for two years before returning to the University of Tennessee to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering. His graduate work consisted of analysis of Fully Ceramic Micro-Encapsulated (FCM) Light Water Reactor (LWR) fuel for deep burnup applications, as well as adaptation of the traditional LWR Two-Step procedure to a plate fueled Advanced High Temperature Reactor (AHTR).


Outstanding Masters Student 2013
Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award for the paper titled "Application of Fully Ceramic Micro-Encapsulated Fuel for Transuranic Waste Recycling in PWRs" (2012).
Top Collegiate Scholar Award 2008
Outstanding Undergraduate Awards 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006