Olga S Ovchinnikova

Group Leader and Senior R&D Scientist


  • University of Tennessee Chemical Physics Ph.D. 2011
  • University of Tennessee Chemical Physics M.S. 2007
  • University of Tennessee Physics B.S. 2005

Dr. Olga Ovchinnikova graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) with a B.S and M.S. degrees in physics. She received her PhD from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Chemical Physics where her research focused on developing chemical imaging approaches supported by a Chemical Physics Fellowship. Following her postdoc at ORNL, she worked as R&D Scientist and Chemical Imaging Team Lead at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at ORNL. Her team focused on investigating relationships between physical structure and chemical functionality at the nanoscale through the unique merger of advanced scanning probe and ion microscopy with chemical imaging techniques rooted in innovative data processing, machine learning and control algorithms. Currently she is a Senior R&D scientist and the Group Leader of the Multimodal Data Analytics group in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division where her research focuses on incorporating high performance computing (HPC) and edge computing directly into streaming data pipelines for multimodal chemical imaging and microscopy. Her work has generated multiple patents, and commercial licenses to industry and has been recognized by the Fowler-Marion Dissertation Award, UT-Battelle Early Career Award, AVS Rising Stars Award, UTK Research Foundation Patent Award, the Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry Beynon Prize, and Fellow of the American Vacuum Society (AVS).