Alan Icenhour to Succeed Jeff Smith as ORNL’s Deputy Lab Director

Alan Icenhour, a 30-year veteran of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), will succeed Jeff Smith as Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations when the latter retires at the end of April.

Boston Government Services Wins Pinnacle Award

ETEC member Boston Government Services received a Minority-Owned Business Excellence Award Pinnacle Award from the Knoxville Chamber. 

DOE Office of Science – Final FY21 Appropriations

Funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science is increasing marginally in fiscal year 2021. Most of its component programs will receive steady funding, though office-wide initiatives in quantum information science and artificial intelligence are receiving substantial boosts, and work is ramping up on the proposed Electron Ion Collider and Cosmic Microwave Background-S4 projects.

DOE and NOAA Extend Computing Partnership, Plan for New Supercomputer

The National Climate-Computing Research Center (NCRC), hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has been supporting the climate research of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the last 11 years – and now, the two institutions have renewed their vows. For at least the next five years, the Department of Energy (DOE, here represented by ORNL) and NOAA will continue to cooperate on the NCRC, including through the commissioning of a brand-new supercomputer.

Applications now open for inaugural PYA-sponsored “Ballard Innovation Award”

Applications are now open for the first “Ballard Innovation Award,” honoring’s own Editor and Publisher. The winner of the award will receive $50,000 in investment capital and in-kind services from PYA, the power behind the daily newsfeed that celebrates its ninth anniversary in about a week. The competition is open to any business in the East Tennessee area with revenue and an established “proof of concept.”