Effective Nov. 1, Dana Christensen, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s associate lab director for energy and engineering sciences will become deputy director for science and technology at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado.
Dana Christensen, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s associate lab director for energy and engineering sciences since 2006, is leaving to become deputy director for science and technology at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado. The new job is effective Nov. 1.
In making the announcement, ORNL Director Thom Mason said: “Dana’s leaving brings mixed emotions. As manager of the nation’s largest energy portfolio, Dana has strengthened ORNL’s leadership role in a host of key energy technologies. He has demonstrated a particular talent for leveraging opportunities with partners such as TVA and private industry in ways that will benefit the Laboratory for years to come. He has also done a great job of competing for major projects, including this year’s win of the Carbon Fiber Composites Facility that will explore the use of low-cost materials in automotive production. I know I speak for many of us who will miss Dana but who also wish him the best in an exciting new job.”
Based on Mason’s announcement, it looks like ORNL will do additional reorganization rather than replace Christensen. Some programs in Christensen’s directorate had already been shifted to a new nuclear science and engineeering organization headed by Kelly Beierschmitt, and today’s announcement indicates that Beierschmitt will get fusion energy, too (but not the work on ITER).
Also, Mason said, “Dana’s departure will be accompanied by the creation of a new Energy and Environment directorate as we continue to align our capabilities in ways that will help us deliver solutions to some of the Department of Energy’s most critical scientific challenges. Headed by Martin Keller, the new directorate will integrate the divisions of Energy and Transportation Sciences, Measurement Science and Systems Engineering, Biosciences, and Environmental Sciences, as well as the BioEnergy Science Center and the Climate Change Science Institute. In his new role, Martin will be the principal contact with our Department of Energy customer in the agency’s EERE and BER sectors. The new directorate also will include the Lab’s renewable energy programs in biofuels, transportation, fossil fuels and electricity technologies. Similar to the alignment of our nuclear programs, the integration of these energy sectors into a single directorate will position ORNL for what we believe will be a period of continued investments in clean energy technologies by the government and the private sector.”
Source: Frank Munger’s Blog | Knoxville News Sentinel