Park is ORNL’s New Global Security Chief

Brent Park, most recently director of the Remote Sensing Laboratory in Nevada, has been named associate lab director for global security at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Brent-ParkBrent Park, most recently director of the Remote Sensing Laboratory in Nevada, has been named associate lab director for global security at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Park was introduced at a reception Thursday night, and I had a chance to talk with him about the lab’s global security directorate and some of his plans for tackling difficult problems in an urgent way.

“All the simple problems have been solved already,” he said. “So what’s remaining on the table are the monster-sized problems . . . It takes a lot of creative people to come up with a creative solution quickly.”

The Global Security Directorate has a relatively small staff, with most of its projects carried out by scientists and engineers working in other research directorates at the Oak Ridge lab. Much of the work is sponsored by non-DOE sources, including the military and even some of the intelligence agencies.

Park, who spent earlier part of his career at Los Alamos, indicated that he’s big on partnering, and when it comes to teaming, he’ll do what’s necessary to get the job done. That’s likely to include universities and other Dept. of Energy/NNSA labs, he said.

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Source: Atomic City Underground | Knoxville News Sentinel
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