He joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in January 2001 and is currently technical group manager for the Electrochemical Materials and Systems Group. This group is focused on the development of electrochemical materials and systems for advanced energy storage and conversion applications. He is also currently project manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Energy Storage Program at PNNL. This project is focused on the development of electrochemical energy storage technologies to enable renewable integration and to improve grid support. He previously led development efforts in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology and planar Na batteries. Prior to PNNL, he was a senior ceramic engineer at Litton Life Support and was responsible for the development of prototype advanced electrochemical oxygen generating system. He currently holds 16 U.S. patents on fuel cells, batteries, and high temperature electrochemical devices with 22 pending patent applications. While at PNNL, he was recognized as key contributor on four licensing activities, received a 2009 Federal Laboratory Consortium award for Technology Transfer of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology to Delphi Corporation and was named PNNL Inventor of the Year in 2015.
His research revolves around the study of solid surfaces with focus in experimental model systems for heterogeneous catalysts. Specifically, he pioneered the development of surface science models for zeolites, the most used catalysts in the industry, while working at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society in Berlin, Germany. His current research at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials focuses on experimental models for zeolites and other catalysts aiming at elucidating the reaction mechanisms for catalytic processes of importance for energy transformations. At Brookhaven National Laboratory, he is in charge of the Ambient Pressure Photoelectron Spectroscopy endstation, in partnership with the National Synchrotron Light Source II. He received his bachelor’s in chemistry from University of San Luis, Argentina, and doctorate in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, followed by postdoctoral research at the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society under the auspices of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Dr. Kevin M. Fox is fellow engineer in the Environmental Stewardship Directorate of the Savannah River National Laboratory. Dr. Fox’s current research focus is the development of innovative materials for the immobilization of nuclear wastes. Most recently, he has worked to further the understanding of crystallization in high level waste glasses to allow for maximizing the incorporation of waste constituents, and developed compositions for high waste concentration cementitious waste forms to minimize disposal volumes and cost. Dr. Fox has a background in structure/property relationships in ceramic materials, with a concentration on high temperature deformation of ceramic composites and advanced microstructural characterization techniques. He is a fellow of the American Ceramic Society, and serves on the Society’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Fox has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, co-edited 6 volumes, and has given more than 60 technical society presentations. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Ceramic Science from the Pennsylvania State University, and a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University.
He received a doctorate in computer science at the University of Tennessee in 2009, master’s in computer systems and software design, and his bachelor’s with a double major in computer science and mathematics with physics from Jacksonville State University. His research spans government-scale database and management systems, graphical user interface design, medical software used for surgery, gesture recognition, graph-theoretic analysis, optimization, automation, systems genetic research, magnetic resonance imaging, image processing, artificial intelligence, supercomputing, and energy-efficient buildings. He currently serves at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building Technologies Research & Integration Center (BTRIC) as a subprogram manager for software tools and models with oversight of projects, involving websites, web services, databases, simulation engine development, visual analytics, supercomputing, and artificial intelligence. He has lead creation of the world’s most accurate method for calibrating a simulation model to measured data, fastest building model creator, fastest buildings simulator, and largest archive of simulated building data. He is a joint faculty member at the University of Tennessee’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, and an active member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
His research interest is focused on the study of processing, microstructure, and properties of a wide range of metallic alloys used at high temperatures in automotive, industrial, and nuclear applications. He’s active in the study of materials, such as cast irons, stainless steels, and Ni-based alloys used in various applications, including gasoline and diesel engines and exhaust systems, industrial and chemical processing equipment, and high temperature heat exchangers in nuclear reactors. He also has research experience in electronic materials, MEMS devices, and sensors with hands-on experience in failure analysis of microelectronic devices and packages. He has more than 11 issued patents, four R&D 100 awards in collaboration with various industrial partners, and one award for excellence in technology transfer, South East Region Federal Laboratory Consortium.
His research explores novel approaches for rational fabrication of designed nanoscale architectures through self-assembly. He developed methods for creating crystalline and cluster structures based on a programmable assembly of DNA-encoded, nano-objects. His interests include structural aspects of soft matter at nanoscale and at the interfaces, material transformation under environmental factors, and use of novel designed nanomaterials for optical, biomedical, and energy harvesting applications. He received a doctorate in physics from Bar-Ilal University (Israel) and performed his postdoctoral work at Harvard University.
He is a principal systems engineer in the Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He has a master’s in bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago focusing on process control systems. He spent the past 25 years with Argonne as a principal investigator and lead engineer on numerous industrial process scale-up projects earning him three R&D 100 awards, an FLC award, and many patents. He designed and helped establish Argonne’s Materials Engineering Research Facility and is leading the lab’s battery materials scale-up programs. His team has successfully scaled over 20 advanced battery materials and has collaborations with numerous national labs, universities, and industrial partners.
He holds a master's degree in nuclear engineering and a master’s and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He is principal investigator for two Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) projects and one Light Water Sustainability Program (LWRS) project in the Risk Assessment and Management Services Department at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). As principal investigator for Reactor Operating Experience Data, he collects, codifies, assures quality, and maintains data necessary to support various risk-associated NRC studies requiring reactor operation experience. He also is principal investigator for SACADA, an NRC program that collects operations training simulator data to support improved human reliability analysis (HRA) methods. He is the principal investigator for Outage Risk Management Improvement, an LWRS program that seeks to improve outage safety and efficiency through the application of new technologies. He has worked at INL for more than 11 years and has reactor operations, process engineering, and probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) experience. He was previously a senior reactor operator (SRO)-certified shift technical adviser and shift support supervisor at a commercial boiling water reactor and a nuclear-trained surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy.
He is a human factors engineer in the Human Factors, Controls, and Statistics Department with 37 years of experience in various human factors engineering roles in heavy industry, defense, nuclear, and commercial organizations. His primary focus is on making work more effective, efficient, and satisfying through the design of human-centered tools, methods, and work environments. He has worked at Idaho National Laboratory since 2010. His current work includes researching and developing methods and procedures to integrate human factors principles in the systems engineering process for advanced and modernized nuclear power stations with an emphasis on human-system interfaces and control room design and information visualization. He has a master’s degree in human computer interaction from the University of South Africa and associate degrees in human computer interaction and industrial engineering.
He is a research engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and is a member of the Center for Micro-Nano Technologies in the Materials Engineering Division. He joined LLNL in 2013 after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a S.B. in physics (’07), a S.B. in mechanical engineering (’07), a M.S. in mechanical engineering (’09) and a PhD in Mechanical engineering (’13). He leads the Precision Micro/Nano group at LLNL, which is focused on applying the principles of determinism to micro/nano design, manufacturing, metrology and assembly. He is leading the development of an uncertainty-based analysis of X-ray CT, as well as developing a high speed, large range precision micromirror array. His research interests include precision engineering, MOEMS, additive micromanufacturing, X-ray metrology, uncertainty analysis, and compliant mechanism design. He is an NDSEG fellow, a member & on the board of directors of the American Society for Precision Engineering (ASPE), the chair of the ASPE Micro-Nano Technical Leadership Committee, and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He has 10 patents and over 65 papers published and submitted.
His expertise includes the application of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) to homeland and national security needs. Argonne National Laboratory’s expertise in this area includes worldwide databases of commercial sUAS technologies and sUAS regulatory frameworks, risk assessment methodologies applied to sUAS threat environments, and the use of sUAS for critical infrastructure monitoring/damage assessment and emergency response. He received his master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University and his doctorate from Cornell University.
He is a researcher at Idaho National Laboratory working on risk-informed methods development, RELAP5-3D code assessments, and safety analysis of advanced reactor designs. He specializes in nuclear systems safety analyses using advanced best estimate plus uncertainty (BEPU) methods, and his areas of expertise include neutronics, thermal-hydraulics, and coupled codes technology. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in nuclear engineering at the University of Pisa, Italy, where he also worked as a research assistant and applied BEPU methods to nuclear power plants in operation and under construction. He was also a researcher at ENEA “Casaccia” Research Center in Rome, Italy, where he applied advanced safety analysis methods to Generation IV designs (SFR). From 2004 to 2015, he was involved in several OECD/NEA and IAEA international research projects on multi-physics and code assessment. He is also a member of the American Nuclear Society and is an Italian professional engineer.
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