Ikenna J. Okeke

R&D Associate Staff Member

Ikenna J. Okeke is an R&D Associate Staff Member in the Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Research and Analysis (MEERA) Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Ikenna received his PhD from McMaster University in chemical engineering with a focus on process systems engineering, energy systems design, modeling, simulation, and optimization — employing techno-economic analysis (TEA) and life cycle assessment (LCA) tools to inform decision making. He has also worked as a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto where his research focused on conventional and emerging hydrogen technologies.

Upon joining MEERA group, Ikenna supports the development of DOE’s Better Plant software tool which helps U.S. manufacturing sectors to account for their GHG emissions and plan for reduction goals. Ikenna is involved in a couple of strategic analysis projects for Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) where he conducts technology assessments for electrification focusing on process heating and water use impacts. Also, he contributes to the Cross Sectorial Electrification and Decarbonization project of the office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). In addition, Ikenna provides support to projects of other DOE offices namely Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM), etc.

He is also involved in the Laboratory Directed & Research Development (LDRD) program and collaborates with other research groups within ORNL — supporting research in TEA and LCA.