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Kelsey H Epps

Associate Technician

Kelsey Hedrick began her career at ORNL as an intern in 2015. She completed a General Associate of Science degree before transitioning to staff in 2019. She works as an associate technician in ORNL's Creep and Servo-Hydraulic Labs. Her duties include tensile creep and fatigue testing,  offering guidance on specimen design, and managing and updating various equipment. She support various programs i.e., Nuclear Energy (NE), Fossil Energy (FE), and Vehicle Technology (VTO).


Oak Ridge National Lab, Oak Ridge, TN 12/2015 to 10/2017 MSTD, Carbon group, HERE Program, Mentor – James Klett

  • SEM experience
  • Detailed reports of experiments performed
  • Some basic room temp mechanical testing

Oak Ridge National Lab, Oak Ridge, TN 10/2017 to 06/2019 MSTD, Mechanical Properties, Lab Tech Intern, Mentor – Shane Hawkins

  • High temp Creep Testing
  • Room temp and high temp Tensile Testing on electromechincal machines
  • Gathering Test Data and Reporting to PI in a timely manner
  • Working directly with researchers
  • Managing own time and workload with minimal supervision

Oak Ridge National Lab, Oak Ridge, TN 06/2019 to Current MSTD, Mechanical Properties, Associate Technician

  • Managing testing schedules for multiple machines
  • Environmental Creep testing
  • Fatigue testing
  • Implementing new equipment
  • training new technicians