As a Systems Engineer for the Research Reactors Division in the Neutron Sciences Directorate at ORNL, Mr. Adams is responsible for the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). This 85MW reactor is the highest flux reactor-based source of neutrons for research in the United States, and it provides one of the highest steady-state neutron fluxes of any research reactor in the world, enabling world-class capabilities for neutron scattering, isotope production, materials irradiation, neutron activation analysis, and nuclear physics.
Mr. Adams came to ORNL in March of 2020 to join the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) Systems Engineering group as a Senior Nuclear Structural Engineer. Currently, Mr. Adams is primarily responsible for the HFIR Lifting & Rigging Devices and the Cold Source and Cold Guide Hall Structures.
Mr. Adams has over 30 years experience as a Structural Engineer, primarily with various consulting firms in East Tennessee. Prior to joining ORNL, Mr. Adams served as a Senior Structural Engineer with CB&I/Stone & Webster for 6 years on the Plant Vogtle Unit 3 & 4 Expansion in Waynesboro, GA, where he was responsible for the structural design of all Balance-of-Plant yard structures, including the Circulating Water Intake Structure and Waste Water Retention Basin.
Mr. Adams holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering, with an emphasis on Structural Engineering, from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mr. Adams is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas; and a licensed Structural Engineer (SE) in the state of Georgia.