ORAU Welcomes Four New Institutions to its University Consortium

ORAU recently welcomed Oregon State University, the University at Albany and Missouri University of Science and Technology as its newest sponsoring institutions during the 73rd annual meeting of its Council of Sponsoring Institutions. Spelman College was named a new associate member. “We are honored to have these four institutions join our growing university consortium,” said ORAU President and CEO Andy Page. “Membership in ORAU’s consortium broadens the already diverse opportunities these universities provide for students and faculty researchers in many critical areas of science and technology.”

DOE Releases Request for Proposals and Announces Pre-Proposal Site Tour for Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility Procurement

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Outfall 200 Mercury Treatment Facility (OF200 MTF) procurement. A Firm-Fixed-Price contract is anticipated. The RFP is established as a full and open competition with a four year period of performance.

Alexander: Record Funding for Most Important Federal Program that Supports ORNL for 3rd Consecutive Year

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander today said the government funding bill increases funding for the most important federal program – the Office of Science – that supports work at ORNL for the third consecutive year, and sets a new record funding level in a regular appropriations bill. The bill also includes significant funding increases in supercomputing and environmental cleanup in Oak Ridge. “The government funding bill includes record funding – in a regular appropriations bill - for the third consecutive year for the most important federal program that supports the ORNL and demonstrates the importance that Congress attaches to the hard work of thousands of men and women who work in Oak Ridge and the importance of that to our national security and our high standard of living.

Alexander: Funding Bill Includes $663 Million for the Uranium Processing Facility

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander today said the government funding bill provides $663 million for the Uranium Processing Facility at the Y-12 National Security Complex -- one of the largest construction sites in the country -- with an overall budget of $6.5 billion and scheduled to be completed in 2025. The bill also provides $639 million for cleanup of former Cold War sites in Oak Ridge, including the Outfall 200 mercury treatment facility. “This bill makes sure that we are effectively using taxpayer dollars -- it provides $663 million for the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) at the Y-12 National Security Complex, which will continue to keep this project on time and on budget -- with a completion year of 2025 at a cost no greater than $6.5 billion -- and create more jobs for Tennesseans.

For First Time in 30 years, Savannah River Dissolving Spent Nuclear Fuel from ORNL Reactor

For the first time in 30 years, spent nuclear fuel from the High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been dissolved at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. The work is important because it is expected to allow the reactor, known as HFIR, to continue its mission, according to the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management.

Local Motors, MDF, Other Partners Announced for Smart Manufacturing Experience Show

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) has partnered with the Smart Manufacturing Experience convention, giving IMTS partners such as the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory a presence at the convention. Held at the Boston Convention Center from April 30 to May 2, the Smart Manufacturing Experience provides a venue for technology providers and users to network and learn.

DOE Resumes Oak Ridge facility Tours

The U.S. Department of Energy is again giving public bus tours of its Oak Ridge Facilities. The reservation-wide tours begin at the American Museum for Science and Energy and visit all three historic Manhattan Project sites in Oak Ridge. Visitors can get a first-hand look at federal research work going on in the city today and explore the lives of those who lived and worked behind the Secret City's fences 70 years ago. 

ORAU Welcomes Seven New Directors to its Board

ORAU announced the election of seven new members to its board of directors during the recent 73rd annual meeting of its Council of Sponsoring Institutions. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership. The following leaders are newly elected board members: John D. Boice, Jr., Sc.D., Vanderbilt University; Michelle V. Buchanan, Ph.D., Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Deborah L. Crawford, Ph.D., George Mason University; Retired Lt. Gen. Kathleen M. Gainey, U.S. Army; Karen Kerr, Ph.D., Advanced Manufacturing at GE Ventures, General Electric; Sethuraman Panchanathan, Ph.D., Arizona State University; and Kenneth Rueter, UCOR.

Three UT Graduate Schools Ranked in the Top 30

Several UT colleges and programs earned recognition from U.S. News and World Report in its 2019 graduate school rankings, which were released March 20. Three of UT’s academic colleges are now ranked in the top 30 among public institutions: The Haslam College of Business surged seven spots and is now ranked 22nd; The Tickle College of Engineering climbed four spots and is now 29th; and the College of Social Work is now ranked 25th.

New Facility in Tennessee Could Recycle 2,000 tons of Carbon Fiber Per year

Carbon Fiber Recycling, Inc. (CFR), a division of Modern Recovery Systems, Inc. is building a facility in Tazewell, Tenn., that plans to recycle up to 2,000 tons of carbon fiber per year. The plant will extract carbon fibers from finished composites, including laminates, trimmings, tooling, and other end-of-life components. The recovered carbon fibers will be made available in milled or random chopped form.