Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Strategic Partnerships

Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the core partner universities associated with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 

This relationship allows Georgia Tech faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students the opportunity to take advantage of the ORNL facilities, and collaborate with researchers at Oak Ridge.

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Student Opportunities

Undergraduate

  • ORNL Challenge Program
    Oak Ridge National Lab started the ORNL Challenge Program to engage undergraduates in a competition to solve a grand challenge in science and make a different in the world. Click here for more information.
  • ORAU- Science Education Programs at ORNL 
    Students currently pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics discipline are eligible for research internships at ORNL. More information can be found at http://www.orau.org/ornl/undergraduates/default.htm
  • Students who have recently completed an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree and are looking for an opportunity to gain practical experience to complement their degree. Depending on the opportunity, recent graduate is defined as within one semester to within three years of graduation. More information about ORAU

Graduate

  • GO! @ ORNL- Graduate Opportunities at ORNL
    ORNL’s mission to deliver scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs in clean energy and global security and to create economic opportunities, requires fresh minds and new ideas. To achieve this, we have implemented a world-class postdoctoral program and are now partnering with top universities to develop an innovative graduate program that integrates PhD students into the ORNL research environment. More information on the GO! Program.​
  • GO! ORNL includes:
    • Cutting edge research
    • Mentoring
    • Funding
    • Agreement
  • DOE Office of Science Graduate Research (SCGSR) Program
    The SCGSR program aims to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. More information on the SCGSR program.
  • ORAU- Science Education Programs at ORNL
    Students who have recently completed a master’s degree or PhD and are looking to advance their career with practical laboratory experience. More information on ORAU’s Science Education Programs at ORNL.

 

ORAU Faculty and Student Programs

Relevant, hands-on research opportunities connect classroom instruction to real world applications. ORAU maximizes the potential of the talented faculty and students in our university consortium by investing in programs that inspire and support academic excellence, technological innovation, and creative problem solving.

Workshop on Chemical and Nanoscale Imaging 

The Workshop on Chemical & Nanoscale Imaging is being held at Georgia Tech on Tuesday January 31st in the Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Room 1117/1118, 9:00am to 4:00pm.  All Georgia Tech faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers who may have a special interest in this topic and in Oak Ridge National Lab are invited to attend.

The purpose of the workshop is to establish stronger links between the ORNL Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences and researchers at Georgia Tech.  Each session will have presentations from both ORNL and Georgia Tech researchers followed by open discussions.  There will be opportunities for networking over lunch as well as discussions on graduate training opportunities at ORNL. The expected long term outcome of the workshop is new experiments and collaborative projects between Georgia Tech and Oak Ridge researchers. For more information and workshop registration please go to http://rsvp.cos.gatech.edu/GT-ORNL-Workshop

This event is sponsored by the Georgia Institute of Technology, ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, and Georgia Tech’s Institute for Materials, Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology, and College of Sciences.

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Faculty Opportunities

Faculty Road Trips to ORNL

This summer, there will be two opportunities for Georgia Tech faculty to visit Oak Ridge National Lab.  Are you curious about the kinds of collaborations and facilities you could access by working with researchers at Oak Ridge National Lab?  Are you interested in Department of Energy funding for your research?  Do you want to see how DoE researchers 3D-printed a car?  If so, then consider joining one of two road trips to Oak Ridge National Lab for early career and/or life sciences faculty at Georgia Tech.  Each group of 12 faculty members will depart Georgia Tech by car in the afternoon of either Monday May 15th (early career) or Monday June 3rd (life sciences or early career) and return late in the evening of the next day.  Georgia Tech’s ORNL core university liaison office will pay for one night of hotel for each faculty member, per-diem meals, and mileage/gas reimbursement for drivers who allow their cars to be used for the road trip, with other faculty as passengers.  Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is about 200 miles from Atlanta and the drive takes about 3.5 hours from Georgia Tech.

May 2017 Early Career Faculty Road Trip Information

June 2017 Life Sciences/Early Career Faculty Road Trip Information

 

Get Acquainted With Oak Ridge National Lab

The purpose of these funds is to facilitate new collaborations and introductions of Georgia Tech faculty, students, and staff to Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). Funds are available for travel by individuals or small groups of Georgia Tech personnel.

Typically, only the first visit is funded and travel must be by car, traveling together if for a group visit. One night of hotel stay at federal government rate in Oak Ridge and per diem food costs are allowed for each participant. Generally, up to $300 is available per driver participant (and up to $200 per passenger participant) making the trip from Georgia Tech to ORNL.

As an alternate form of transportation, a couple of buses travel from Atlanta to Knoxville, TN. After arriving in Knoxville, transportation to Oak Ridge will need to be arranged. Uber will be the cheapest option but the price will vary based on the time of day ($20 – 35). A taxi will cost approximately $50.

Greyhound:

  • Pricing: Weekdays - $15-19, can be as low as $13; Weekends - $22-27
  • Stations:
    Atlanta - 232 Forsyth St SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
    Knoxville 100 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917
  • Benefits: Wifi, outlets, cheaper when bought online ($23-47 at station), has more bus stops in Tennessee
  • Ride Time: Tends to have more trips with transfers (up to 12hr bus ride), anywhere from 4hr to 4hr 45min ride time

Megabus:

  • Pricing: Weekdays - $19, sometimes $10 for late night; Weekends - $25
  • Stations:
    Atlanta - 235 West Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308
    Knoxville 301 E Church Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915
  • Benefits: Certified green buses, wifi, outlets, reserved seating available if booking far enough in advance
  • Ride Time: 3hr 45min

Funding Request Form: Get Acquainted With Oak Ridge National Lab

 

Faculty Joint Appointments

The purpose of the Georgia Tech/ORNL Joint Faculty Program is to attract and recognize scientists and engineers with rising national or international stature and reputation at all academic levels, and to enhance the quality of science, technology, education and industrial development. Faculty with expertise in the sciences, engineering or related fields of research conducted by ORNL and who would benefit from an immersive experience at ORNL should consider this opportunity.

Georgia Tech and ORNL works together to identify candidates with research areas of joint interest to both institutions. Georgia Tech faculty interested in being considered for a joint appointment at ORNL should contact Dr. Julia Kubanek, Georgia Tech’s representative on the Core Partner University Liaison Committee

Georgia Tech Faculty Currently Jointly Appointed to ORNL:

  • Marilyn Brown, Public Policy holds a joint appointment with ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Sciences Division
  • Samuel Graham, Mechanical Engineering holds a joint appoint with ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Science Division.
  • Nolan Hertel, Nuclear Engineering holds a joint appointment with ORNL’s Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Division and was acting director of the Center for Radiation Protection Knowledge
  • Comas Haynes, Fuel Cells & Battery Technologies holds a joint appointment with ORNL’s Material Science and Technology Division

ORNL Researchers Currently Jointly Appointed to Georgia Tech:

  • Costas Tsouris of ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Sciences Division
  • Jeff Vetter of ORNL’s Computing and Computational Sciences Division

 

ORAU Faculty and Student Programs

Relevant, hands-on research opportunities connect classroom instruction to real world applications. ORAU maximizes the potential of the talented faculty and students in our university consortium by investing in programs that inspire and support academic excellence, technological innovation, and creative problem solving.

 
Workshop on Chemical and Nanoscale Imaging

The Workshop on Chemical & Nanoscale Imaging is being held at Georgia Tech on Tuesday January 31st in the Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Room 1117/1118, 9:00am to 4:00pm.  All Georgia Tech faculty, students, and postdoctoral researchers who may have a special interest in this topic and in Oak Ridge National Lab are invited to attend.

The purpose of the workshop is to establish stronger links between the ORNL Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences and researchers at Georgia Tech.  Each session will have presentations from both ORNL and Georgia Tech researchers followed by open discussions.  There will be opportunities for networking over lunch as well as discussions on graduate training opportunities at ORNL. The expected long term outcome of the workshop is new experiments and collaborative projects between Georgia Tech and Oak Ridge researchers. For more information and workshop registration please go to http://rsvp.cos.gatech.edu/GT-ORNL-Workshop

This event is sponsored by the Georgia Institute of Technology, ORNL’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, and Georgia Tech’s Institute for Materials, Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology, and College of Sciences.

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Funding Opportunities

Innovation Crossroads


Innovation Crossroads - Oak Ridge National Lab

Oak Ridge National Lab is seeking five new entrepreneurs with great clean energy ideas to join our program next Spring. Selected participants will receive:

  • A generous stipend for two years, including health and travel benefits;
  • Up to $350,000 to conduct R&D to advance their ideas at ORNL; and
  • Entrepreneurial training, access to mentors, and introductions to investors and potential customers.

www.innovationcrossroads.ornl.gov

 

Lab-Director Research & Development (LDRD) Grants

In March 2016, Oak Ridge National Laboratory released its FY 2017 call for proposals supported by Lab Directed Research & Development (LDRD) funds.  As a partner member of Oak Ridge’s core universities, Georgia Tech is privileged in having access to detailed information about this call and our faculty are encouraged to collaborate with ORNL researchers, enabling Georgia Tech faculty access to LDRD project funds.  Graduate student involvement through ORNL’s Go! Program can also be leveraged through LDRD funds.

The deadline for preliminary proposals in April 11th 2016 and full proposals selected from among the preliminary ones will be due June 9th.  Ian Anderson, ORNL Director of Graduate Education and University Partnerships, will be at Georgia Tech on April 6th to talk to interested faculty about the LDRD call.  Questions about the priorities and LDRD process should be directed to Ian Anderson, ORNL Director of Graduate Education and University Partnerships, (andersonian@ornl.gov).

ORNL Director’s R&D Fund FY 2017 Research Priorities

Core initiatives

1. Transformational Nuclear Science and Technology

2. Computer Science and Math for Exascale Computing

3. Next-Generation Data, Modeling, and Simulation for Neutron Science

4. Materials Innovation: From Atoms to Function

5. Integrated Studies of Complex Biological and Environmental Systems

6. Transformational Energy Science and Technology

Cross-cutting initiatives

7. Quantum Computing: Quantum Materials and Interfaces

8. Cyber Security and Resilience

Get Acquainted With Oak Ridge National Lab

The call seeks high-quality proposals that address the research priorities of the initiatives; however, as in previous years, truly outstanding proposals not directly connected to these areas will be considered under the ‘Discovery Science and Innovation” initiative. Cross-cutting initiatives are expected to last for two LDRD cycles (three fiscal years) and to then be updated as research priorities change. As such, targeted research in the national security area has been captured in the context of the above initiatives.

The purpose of these funds is to facilitate new collaborations and introductions of Georgia Tech faculty, students, and staff to Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). Funds are available for travel by individuals or small groups of Georgia Tech personnel. Typically, only the first visit is funded and travel must be by car, traveling together if for a group visit. One night of hotel stay at federal government rate in Oak Ridge and per diem food costs are allowed for each participant. Generally, up to $300 is available per driver participant (and up to $200 per passenger participant) making the trip from Georgia Tech to ORNL.

Funding Request Form

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