Institution: Department of Energy
Location: Oak Ridge, TN
Category: Oak Ridge National Laboratory Spring 2019, Summer 2020, Fall 2020 Internships
As DOE’s largest science and energy laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has a research portfolio that supports U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) missions in scientific discovery and innovation, clean energy, and nuclear security. Major research initiatives focus ORNL’s capabilities on:
Delivering forefront science using neutrons
Scaling computing, data infrastructure, and data analytics for science
Developing and demonstrating advanced materials for energy
Developing and virtualizing advanced nuclear energy systems
Accelerating biomass production and conversion for energy and materials
Delivering sustainable transportation solutions
Advancing the understanding of climate change impacts
Providing science and technology for global security
ORNL’s leadership role in shaping the nation’s energy future includes hosting the U.S. project office for the ITER international fusion experiment, managing DOE’s Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, and leading the DOE Office of Science–sponsored BioEnergy Science Centerand the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy–sponsored Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors.
Critical research infrastructure at ORNL includes the world’s foremost resources for neutron sciences—the Spallation Neutron Sourceand the High Flux Isotope Reactor—and the world’s most powerful scientific computing complex. An investment of more than $500 million of federal, state, and private funds over the past decade has created a modern research environment at ORNL, with new facilities including the Advanced Materials Characterization Laboratory, the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, the Chemical and Materials Sciences Building, and three state-funded joint institutes.
Since 1947, ORNL has had a long and successful history of mentoring students and faculty. Guest researchers are welcomed into a stimulating atmosphere of hands-on research, and are encouraged to think independently and creatively, expand their horizons, connect with others, and learn from their mistakes.
ORNL is located in East Tennessee about 7 miles from the center of Oak Ridge (population 27,000) and about 25 miles from Knoxville (metro area population of 650,000). The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is nearby along with various state parks and Tennessee Valley Authority lakes affording numerous recreational opportunities.
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