Yarom Polsky

Division Director, Manufacturing Science Division

Dr. Yarom Polsky is the Director of the Manufacturing Science Division (MSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is also a joint faculty member at the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

MSD’s applied research efforts include the development, implementation, and scale-up of next-generation manufacturing approaches that support DOE’s mission to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The division has four primary focus areas: composite science and technology, industrial efficiency and decarbonization, precision manufacturing and machining, and secure and digital manufacturing.

In his capacity as director, Dr. Polsky leads a globally recognized team that operates two Department of Energy (DOE) national user facilities: the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) and the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF). Established in 2012, the MDF is focused on performing early-stage research and development to improve the energy and material efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness of American manufacturers. The CFTF was established in 2013 and is DOE’s only designated user facility for carbon fiber innovation.

Dr. Polsky joined ORNL in 2009 and has held multiple positions including section head for energy systems integration and controls; manager for ORNL’s fossil energy and carbon management and geothermal energy programs; and the manager of the laboratory directed research and development program. He has also served in various external scientific leadership capacities such as the Process Innovation and Intensification Topic Area Lead for the National Alliance for Water innovation (NAWI), the Technical Standing Committee for the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), and has contributed to the development of multiple DOE roadmaps and multi-year program plans including the DOE Office of Electricities Sensor Technologies and Data Analytics multi-year program plan. Over the course of his career, he has earned 14 patents and has authored more than 80 technical publications. Prior to joining ORNL, he worked at Sandia National Laboratories and Schlumberger.

Dr. Polsky holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University, and B.A. in Physics from Rice University and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

• 1997 - 1998 INTEL Foundation Graduate Fellowship

• 2003 Performed by Schlumberger Bronze Award

• 2007 Sandia National Labs Employee Recognition Award

• 2009 Sandia National Labs Employee Recognition Award for Advanced High-Speed Drilling Technology 

6,763,890 Modular coiled tubing system for drilling and production platforms

6,830,101 Pivoting gooseneck

6,923,253 Pivoting gooseneck

7,073,592 Jacking frame for coiled tubing operations

7,281,588 Tubular injector apparatus and method of use

7,357,184 Jacking frame having a wellhead centralizer

7,404,443 Compensation system for a jacking frame

7,810,555 Injector apparatus and method of use

8,006,776 Sliding pressure control valve for pneumatic hammer drill

8,176,995 Reduced-impact sliding pressure control valve for pneumatic hammer

10,451,497 Stress sensor for cement or fluid applications

10,620,065 Cement having stress-indicating properties

10,634,732 Electrical meter probe contact verification system

11,353,266 Multi-Zone Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers