Kurt A Terrani

Kurt Terrani is a Senior Staff Scientist and the Leader of the Nuclear Fuels Materials Group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He joined the laboratory as a Weinberg Fellow in the Nuclear Fuel Materials Group in 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on fundamental aspects of nuclear fuel behavior under normal and transient operating conditions and development of advanced nuclear fuels. These areas span across advanced fuel fabrication including application of advanced manufacturing techniques, in-pile testing and post-irradiation characterization of fuel constituents, accident testing of fission reactor components, and integral fuel behavior modeling.


UT-Battelle Early-Career Researcher Award (2017)
Journal of Nuclear Materials Best Paper Award (2016)
ANS Landis Young Member Engineering Achievement Award (2016)
Certificate of Appreciation – US DOE Office of Nuclear Energy (2014)
Significant Contribution Award – American Nuclear Society (2014)
Young Scientist Award for Outstanding Contribution at NuMat Conference    (2012)
U.S. Department of Energy Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award (2010)
Virgil Schrock Scholarship, Department of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley (2008-2009)
American Nuclear Society Graduate Scholarship (2008-2009)
American Nuclear Society James F. Schumar Scholarship (2007-2008)
UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering Schwabacher Fellowship (2006-2007)
DOE’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management Fellowship (2006-2007)
Arlo Richardson Scholarship, Arizona State University (2005-2006)
ASM International Achievement Award for Materials Science (2005-2006)
Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Community Award, Arizona State University (2005-2006)
Dean’s Industry Scholarship, Arizona State University (2004-2005)