She has more than 30 years of experience in theoretical and computational chemistry. She develops new methods and algorithms for high performance computational chemistry as well as applying those techniques to both basic and applied research. Her current application interests are rare earth and heavy element chemistry, separations, catalysis, aerosol formation, cellulose degradation, and photochemistry. Much of her research interests involve large, collaborative efforts between scientists in multiple fields working together to solve difficult scientific challenges. She is a distinguished professor in the Chemistry Department of Iowa State University. Prior to joining Ames Laboratory, she worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as the lead for the NWChem development group and the Visualization and User Services Group. She also worked at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in technology transfer and training. She received her bachelor’s in chemistry, mathematics, and computer science from Minot State University and her doctorate in physical chemistry from Iowa State University.
He is a senior nuclear reactor physicist and a fellow in the Nuclear Science and Technology Directorate at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). He has extensive experience in reactor physics, criticality safety, depletion and spent fuel characterization, cross-section processing, and computer code verification and validation. He joined INL in 2010 from Oak Ridge National Laboratory to assume a leadership role in reactor physics methods and applications, supporting both the INL Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) and Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT). He is currently the principal investigator and research director for development and validation of a modeling and simulation capability for TREAT under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation program (NEAMS). He also served as a technical lead for design, methods development, and validation for the conversion of ATR to Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) under the DOE Office of Material Management and Minimization. He is the primary developer of the NEWT and TRITON reactor physics computer codes released within the SCALE code system for nuclear analysis. He holds degrees in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University and is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS). He has served as session organizer and chair for numerous technical sessions at national conferences. He has more than 100 publications in journals, conference proceedings, and national laboratory reports related to computational methods and applications in reactor physics, radiation transport, criticality safety and depletion methods for spent nuclear fuel.
Ames Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science National Laboratory managed by Iowa State University, creates materials and energy solutions. With its roots in the Manhattan Project, Ames Laboratory today seeks solutions to energy-related problems of national importance through the exploration of physics, chemistry, engineering, applied mathematics, and materials sciences.
Ames Laboratory accelerates the discovery of new materials and adds value by sharing these materials and its expertise with the scientific community and partners throughout the U.S. and the world. We advance and promote the application of these materials for economic and national security. Through Strategic Partnership Projects, Ames Laboratory enhances our national and economic competitiveness while reducing technical barriers for U.S. industry. We are a top national laboratory in converting science into licensed technologies.
Today, we are addressing the global challenge of critical materials as we lead the Critical Materials Institute, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub. And we are tackling the 100-year-old technology of compressed vapor refrigeration to significantly improve efficiency and reliability through the CaloriCoolTM consortium, part of DOE's Energy Materials Network.
Ames Lab's Materials Preparation Center is recognized by researchers worldwide for its unique capabilities in the purification, preparation, and characterization of rare earths and other materials. We also characterize materials with specialty tools we develop and with world-leading capabilities at our Sensitive Instrument Facility.
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is one of 10 multiprogram DOE national labs, and is operated by Battelle Energy Alliance on behalf of DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy. Since 1949, the Idaho site has been the location of 52 reactors and many pioneering developments in the area of nuclear energy, including the generation of world’s first usable amount of electricity from nuclear energy in 1951. As a national nuclear laboratory, INL leads DOE laboratories in advanced nuclear energy research, development, demonstration and deployment. INL’s distinctive facilities and capabilities are central to meeting the needs of the nation’s nuclear energy enterprise, developing next-generation reactor technologies, advanced fuel cycles and space nuclear power systems. Geographically the nation’s largest laboratory, INL occupies over 890 square miles and operates three primary research campuses:
Advanced Test Reactor Complex, the nation’s premier resource for fuels and material irradiation testing, nuclear safety research and nuclear isotope production;.
Materials and Fuels Complex, the center of DOE’s advanced nuclear fuel development initiatives and post-irradiation capabilities;.
Research and Education Campus, the front door to INL and the center of INL’s computing capabilities, with a variety of research, administrative, educational and technical support facilities.
INL is responding to the growing demands of our modern world with innovations in transportation systems, renewable energy integration, advanced manufacturing, biomass feedstock assembly and environmental sustainability. INL also helps the U.S. departments of Defense and Homeland Security by using its unique capabilities to support efforts to secure industrial control systems from cyber and nuclear threats, develop advanced nuclear facility safeguards, and design advanced wireless sensors and protocols. INL enables explosives impact analysis, armor development and radiological training. To enrich and focus this research and development portfolio, INL is committed to collaboration with regional, national and international leaders in academia, industry and government.
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