Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Unlocking the benefits of nuclear science & technology


Dr. Alan Icenhour


Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room 3-47


Dr. Farzad Rahnema


The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a U.S. Department of Energy, multi-program research and development (R&D) laboratory. ORNL performs world-leading R&D in a range of disciplines including neutron science, high performance computing, advanced materials, nuclear science and engineering, biological and environmental science, energy efficiency, and global security. This presentation provides the history of the establishment of ORNL and traces ORNL’s evolution from a Manhattan Project facility to a world-class laboratory today. Current capabilities are described, and the presentation focuses on the range of nuclear R&D programs that are performed at ORNL.


Dr. Alan Icenhour is the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for the Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate (NSED) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). NSED operates state-of-the-art nuclear facilities and conducts technology research, development, and application programs that impact a large range of fields from basic science to reactor development to national security. As ALD, Dr. Icenhour leads three research divisions (Fusion and Materials for Nuclear Systems, Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology, and Reactor and Nuclear Systems), one operating division (Nonreactor Nuclear Facilities), and the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, the U.S. Department of Energy’s first energy innovation hub. NSED mission areas include research and development (R&D) for both fission and fusion technologies; advanced modeling and simulation; stable and radioactive isotope R&D and production; research, development, and deployment of technologies to address nuclear security challenges globally; and safe and efficient operation of ORNL’s nuclear facilities. Prior to his role as ALD, Dr. Icenhour has served as the director of three ORNL divisions: the Global Nuclear Security Technology Division, the Fuel Cycle and Isotopes Division, and the Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division.