Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the world’s premier research institution, empowering leaders and teams to pursue breakthroughs in an environment marked by operational excellence and engagement with the communities where we live and work.  Oak Ridge National Laboratory delivers scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs needed to realize solutions in energy and national security and provide economic benefit to the nation.  From the earliest days of Manhattan Project, ORNL has focused on translational science, where basic and applied research work together to facilitate and accelerate use-inspired fundamental science and science-driven technology development.  The nation’s economic future depends on a vibrant science and technology infrastructure that supports industries that can compete globally as they take discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace.

UT-Battelle, LLC, was established in 2000 as a private not-for-profit company for the sole purpose of managing and operating the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy. Formed as a 50-50 limited liability partnership between the University of Tennessee and Battelle Memorial Institute, UT-Battelle is the legal entity responsible for delivering the Department of Energy’s research mission at ORNL.

Oak Ridge Association Universities (ORAU) provides innovative scientific and technical solutions for the Department of Energy and other federal agencies to advance national priorities in science, health, education and national security. We do this by integrating specialized teams of experts and a consortium of more than 150 universities.

University of Tennessee

  • 31,000 students at the flagship Knoxville campus
  • The Tickle College of Engineering and the Haslam College of Business offer an integrated program leading to the conferral of the Master of Science with a major nuclear engineering and the Master of Business Administration degree with a major in business administration (concentration in operations management).
  • Highly regarded programs in Nuclear Engineering and Business Administration
  • One of the nation’s leading agricultural science and veterinary colleges
  • Partner with Battelle Memorial Institute to manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory in lab management and research

World Class Technology Resources

Spallation Neutron Source SNS produces neutrons with an accelerator-based system that delivers short (microsecond) proton pulses to a steel target filled with liquid mercury through a process called spallation. Those neutrons are then directed toward state-of-the-art instruments that provide a variety of capabilities to researchers across a broad range of disciplines, such as physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science. SNS is available to researchers around the world with varying degrees of experience. Submitted research proposals are reviewed by independent scientists from within the neutron scattering community to ensure the most promising ones are chosen.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL’s) Sustainable Transportation Program is accelerating the pace of research and development (R&D) for efficient, safe, secure, and environmentally friendly transportation. The program delivers scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs that accelerate the development and deployment of transportation technologies and create economic opportunity for the nation.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory User Facilities - Each year, more than 3,200 scientists from universities, laboratories and private industry around the world conduct experiments at ORNL’s scientific user facilities. ORNL’s user facilities offer a diverse set of tools for experiments across a range of fields, including biology, materials and energy sciences, physics, engineering, and chemistry. ORNL’s user facilities include world-leading facilities for neutron scattering, high-performance computing, material and nanoscale research, and additive manufacturing.

ORNL educational programs provide experiences that complement academic programs and provide opportunities for additional learning, development, and training in a workplace setting. ORNL is committed to enriching our laboratory culture and future workforce by providing educationally based, mission-aligned experiences with world-class researchers and staff and access to premier facilities. All interns and faculty are required to follow ORNL’s COVID-19 safety protocols.