Jeremy Busby will oversee the direction of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s research focused on fusion and fission energy. (Photo credit: ORNL, US Department of Energy)

Jeremy Busby has been appointed Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy and Fusion and Fission Sciences Branch at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His appointment took effect on January 1.

Busby will oversee the leadership’s “unique facilities, capabilities, and talented scientists and engineers tackling challenges such as expanding operations of the current US nuclear reactor fleet; the study of economical and flexible advanced reactor systems; and make fusion power a viable part of the country’s energy portfolio,” a press release read.

“ORNL is proud to have taken on fascinating challenges in fusion and fission energy systems, and I am honored to contribute to our success moving forward,” said Busby. “ORNL’s Fusion and Fission Science and Energy Branch has the world’s leading expertise to advance the development and deployment of fusion and fission. Combined with the additional strengths of ORNL’s research and support organizations and ORNL’s unique capabilities, we will strengthen our country’s energy transition.

Busby joined ORNL in 2004 and has held several senior positions at the lab, most recently as Director of the Nuclear Power and Fuel Cycle Division. His research has focused on material performance and the development of materials for nuclear reactor applications, the press release said. While at ORNL, he participated in materials research efforts for space reactors, fusion machines, advanced fast reactors, and light water reactors. His diverse research aims to enable the development of operating criteria for structural materials in a variety of adverse environments that will enable the design and operation of safe, reliable and cost-effective nuclear systems.

“Jeremy’s diverse background and passion for ORNL is a perfect fit for him to lead an organization central to the lab’s identity, both historically and today,” said ORNL Director Thomas Zacharias.

Busby is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, and he has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering for research leading to the development of high-performance cast stainless steels for the ITER fusion reactor, and the Secretary of Energy Achievement Award for his contributions to the DOE response to the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.

He is an assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan and the Department of Materials Science at Virginia Tech, the press release said. He earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Kansas State University and holds master’s and doctorate degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan.

More information will be added as it becomes available.

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