He is a principal research and development staff scientist at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and currently responsible for the project management of reactor physics and thermal fluid analysis in the Advanced Reactor Technologies (ART) Technology Development Office. His main focus areas are High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (HTGR) analysis and uncertainty propagation from lattice to coupled transient simulations. Current activities include leading the development of the prismatic specifications for the IAEA Coordinated Research Program on HTGR Uncertainties, and participation in the OECD/NEA transient benchmark on the prismatic Modular High Temperature Reactor. He has extensive experience modeling HTGRs with the SCALE, RELAP5-3D and SERPENT codes and is the author of more than 30 journal and conference publications. Prior to joining INL, he worked for 10 years for the South African Atomic Energy Corporation and was involved in various health physics and nuclear site decontamination projects. In 2007, he earned a master’s degree in reactor science at the North West University in South Africa while simultaneously working at the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) Company where he led the PBMR core design and accident analysis team for 2 years.
Ryan Ott is scientist at Ames Laboratory specializing in the synthesis, structure, and properties of amorphous and nanostructured metallic alloys and synchrotron X-ray scattering studies of atomic structure and phase formation in metallic glass and liquid alloys. He also performs in situ X-ray scattering experiments of atomic-scale and micromechanical deformation behavior in amorphous and nanostructured alloys, in particular strain-rate sensitivity and plasticity mechanisms in thin films. He received his B.S. in metallurgical and materials engineering from Michigan Technological University and his M.S and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He has been at Ames Laboratory since 2005.
He is a lead risk analysis engineer at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the primary or key investigator in multiple Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) projects, including common cause failure analysis, simulation-based dynamic external flood analysis, nuclear operating experience data analysis, SPAR integrated capability model, SPAR model maintenance, and DOE Risk Informed Safety Margin Characterization projects. Prior to joining INL, he worked at Ameren Callaway Nuclear Plant as a PRA engineer and Beijing Institute of Nuclear Engineering as a nuclear system and design engineer. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in nuclear reactor engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and his master’s and doctorate degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He serves on the ASME/ANS Jointed Standard Committee on Nuclear Risk Management Subcommittee on Standard Development, the ANS Professional Engineering Examination Committee, and the ANS Nuclear Installation Safety Division Executive Committee.
He is currently a senior chemist and group leader at Argonne National Laboratory specializing in the research and development of battery materials and systems with over 25 years of experience. He is known worldwide for his development of state-of-art lithium-ion battery cathode materials. He has a bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in chemistry from Northwestern University. He is active in the lithium battery materials field publishing over 110 publications and 25 patents in the battery field issued. He has given over 30 invited international lectures and university seminars over his career. Notably, he concentrated on leading cathode projects while at Argonne and has managed several U.S. Department of Energy, Air Force Research Laboratory contracts, and work-for-other programs. He is the chair for the Battery Division of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) and active in organizing battery subject symposia at biannual ECS meetings. In 2017, he was elected a fellow of ECS. He is currently the International Battery Materials Association (IBA) vice-president and a member of the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry and The Electrochemical Society-Battery Division since 1993. He received research awards from IBA in 2006 and a R&D 100 award for the commercialization of lithium battery materials in 2009. Presently, he is working on Na-ion batteries as a new platform for energy storage in stationary applications that support renewables, and light battery nexus field.
She is a member of the Building Envelope Systems Research Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with her current research includes evaluating the performance of easy-to-install air barrier technologies, examining the feasibility of new air leak detectors for building enclosures, assessing the cost-effectiveness of various techniques to retrofit commercial building envelopes, and exploring the potential use of advanced manufacturing in building envelopes. In 2015, she was selected among researchers who were collaborating under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center for Building Energy Efficiency (CERC BEE) to brief Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on advancements in air sealing technologies. As a continuation of this work, she is leading a project under the second phase of CERC BEE aiming to improve the energy performance of architectural insulated concrete precast panels using latest developments in advanced composites, 3D printing, and material science. With the support from the National Science Foundation, she received a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Texas-Austin for her work on human exposure to hazardous air pollutants in homes. She is a registered professional engineer (inactive) and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.
He is a laboratory fellow in the Energy Processes and Materials Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He is the principal investigator on PNNL's efforts on Energy Storage for Transportation supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office and PNNL's Transformation Materials Science Initiative. He has 24 years of experience in the development of energy storage devices, including lithium-ion batteries; thin-film, solid-state batteries; Li-S batteries; lithium-air batteries; and electrochromic devices. Prior to joining PNNL in June 2007, he served for 7 years as chief technology officer of Excellatron Solid State LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. His responsibilities at Excellatron included strategic planning, identification of research and development direction, review of all internal programs, funding allocation for internal programs, and oversight of all subcontractor programs. He was also responsible for day-to-day performance of the technical team for development of thin-film lithium batteries and other energy related products. From 1998 to 2000, he served as the director of Product Development at Macro Energy-Tech, Inc. in Redondo Beach, California, where he was responsible for setting up a pilot line for production of polymer lithium-ion batteries. Prior to that, from 1990 to 1998, he was a postdoctoral fellow/staff scientist/senior scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory where he managed several lithium-ion-battery related projects. He holds 17 patents (with another 19 patents pending) and has more than 200 papers published in professional journals.
He is a senior staff scientist and team lead for materials processing within the Applied Materials and Performance Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His research focus is on the formability, joining, and manufacturing of materials for industrial applications, and in the development of new solid state joining and processing technologies for advanced materials for future energy applications, including vehicle technologies, power generation, hydrocarbon, and chemical transport and processing. He has been researching and developing Friction Stir Welding and Processing at the lab since 1997. He currently leads a portfolio of projects investigating Friction Stir Joining and Processing as a new manufacturing technology and programs in solid-state compaction and processing of new materials for high temperature and high-performance applications. He has over 25 publications on solid state joining and processing, more than 30 years’ experience in the microstructural and mechanical characterization of materials, and in the exploration of process/property relationships.
During his career, he has been engaged in a range of research activities on multidisciplinary projects. He has expanded his capabilities beyond materials and analytical chemistry to develop expertise and have impacts in diverse fields beyond his chemistry background. He continues to broaden his career in science, engineering, and data related fields to tackle global issues with novel solutions. His ability to work in non-traditional chemistry research fields gives him an advantage to apply unique solutions to complex problems. This diverse background enables him to bring differing scientists together to solve complex challenges globally. He received a bachelors and PhD in chemistry from University of North Florida and Clemson University.
He is a staff scientist at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and a recognized expert in materials characterization and instrumentation. He has a doctorate in materials science and condenser matter physics from the University of California, Davis. His work has spanned global and nationwide collaborations. He has worked at premier nanocharacterization facilities at national laboratories and universities and has expert knowledge of scanning transmission electron microscopy, atom probe tomography and electron loss spectroscopy. His primary research interests lie in the investigation of materials and the origins of their physical properties. He has heavily leveraged the use of multidimensional microscopy, diffraction and artificial intelligence to address delays in data access and extraction, which has led to a new frontier in advanced microscopy. At INL, he continues to focus on the development and application of machine and deep learning in order to decipher and decimate information from images, spectra, and diffraction patterns to maximize the effectiveness, efficiency and utility of advanced microscopy. He is an invited academic faculty member and manager for a diverse group of postdoctoral research scientists, graduate students, and technicians across several national laboratories and universities. He is an author of 45 peer-reviewed publications, a recognized reviewer, and a technical contributing member to energy materials research. He was awarded two patents and has three patents pending, including an innovative approach to computational microscopy using machine learning.
He is a research mechanical engineer in the Energy Conversion Engineering Directorate of the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s Research and Innovation Center (R&IC). He is responsible for the technical direction of sensors and controls research by R&IC within the Crosscutting Research Program. He holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Ohio University and master’s and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He has more than 20 years of research experience in the areas of harsh environment sensors and combustion. He has worked on a diverse set of applied research problems, including flame ionization sensors for gas turbine combustion, laser-based sensors for process control in harsh applications, rapid analysis of gas mixtures using Raman spectroscopy for process control, solids flow measurement with microwave Doppler for chemical looping combustion, high temperature optical fiber sensing, and steam diluted oxy-fuel combustion for power generation.
He is the technology manager of National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) Natural Gas and Oil Research and Development (R&D) program. In this capacity, he manages an R&D portfolio encompassing advanced technology projects ranging from basic energy science (modeling, materials development, sensors, controls) through large-scale field demonstrations and includes natural gas (shale gas), enhanced oil recovery, deepwater oil and gas production, and methane hydrates. He has 17 years of diversified engineering and management experience that spans a broad spectrum of technology areas including electric power generation, advanced greenhouse gas control, process control, coal conversion processes (oxycombustion, gasification and chemical looping), thermoelectric water management, and simulation/systems analysis.
Previously at NETL, he served as director of the Office of Coal and Power R&D Program and technology manager of the Carbon Capture Program and Engineering Systems Analyst. Prior to joining NETL, he worked as a chemical engineer for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and as a research/process engineer for Calgon Carbon Corporation. He has a bachelor’s and master’s in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
He is a lighting engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) focusing on the development of LED technology. His emphases are human factors experiments and development of new metrics and test methods, especially for the topics of color, glare, flicker, and long-term performance. He is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society's (IES) Color Committee and Technical Procedures Committee and also active with the International Commission on Illumination (CIE). Prior to joining PNNL, he earned a doctorate in architectural engineering from Penn State University. He was named a future leader of lighting by LD+A magazine in 2010, has authored over 50 journal articles and government reports, and received the 2013 Taylor Technical Talent Award from the IES for his published work.
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