Michelle Buchanan, an accomplished scientific leader and researcher, has been appointed deputy for science and technology at the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s Oak Ridge National Laboratory by new Lab Director Thomas Zacharia, a press release said. Her appointment is effective October 1.
â€œDr. Buchananâ€™s research accomplishments, programmatic expertise, and reputation for achievement support ORNL’s role as a premier research institution that provides scientific expertise and breakthroughs that are critical to national priorities in energy, industry, and national security,â€ said Zacharia, who served in the deputyâ€™s position until becoming lab director on July 1.
Buchanan has been associate laboratory director for physical sciences since 2004, with responsibilities including the labâ€™s Chemical Sciences, Physics, and Materials Science and Technology divisions, as well as its Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, a DOE Office of Science user facility. The lab will conduct an international search for her replacement, the press release said.
As deputy for science and technology, Buchananâ€™s responsibilities will cover the range of ORNL researchâ€”computing and computational sciences, neutron science, nuclear science and engineering, the physical sciences, energy and environmental science, and national securityâ€”as well as the labâ€™s leadership role in U.S. ITER, the Exascale Computing Project, and ORNL research centers and institutes, the press release said. [Read more…]