The ANS Young Members Group invites you to participate in the next installment of the Spotlight on the National Labs webinar series, featuring Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Taking place Wednesday, August 12, 1:30 - 3:00 pm EDT, the webinar is free and open to all. Register now.

Why spotlight ORNL?

Its very beginnings laid the foundation for world-leading science in multiple disciplines. Established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, ORNL is now the largest U.S. Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, employing more than 5,200. Every day, ORNL delivers scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs needed to realize solutions in energy and national security and provide economic benefit to the nation.

Historical inspiration comes from the lab’s Graphite Reactor, the world’s first continuously operated nuclear reactor. ORNL’s nuclear scientists and engineers draw from the lab’s rich history to help them address compelling challenges in nuclear science and technology—from pursuing economical nuclear energy and groundbreaking fusion energy advances to identifying new applications for radioisotopes.

Panelists will offer insights into the unique nuclear science occurring at ORNL, highlighting how the lab is pursuing the Transformational Challenge Reactor, the world’s first additively manufactured nuclear reactor, as well developing leading modeling and simulation tools, moving reactor technologies forward, discovering new elements, and advancing the long-term vision of viable fusion energy.


  • Thomas Zacharia, ORNL Director
  • Alan Icenhour, Associate Laboratory Director, Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • Rose Montgomery, Group Leader, Used Fuel Systems
  • Kurt Terrani, Program Director, Transformational Challenge Reactor
  • Tara Pandya, Nuclear Engineer
  • Dianne Ezell, Electrical Engineer
  • Clarice Phelps, Nuclear Chemist
  • Elijah Martin, Plasma Physicist


Sarah Camba Lynn, ANS Young Members Group Secretary


Check out previous Spotlight on National Labs webinars and others on demand.