A veteran scientist from Sandia National Laboratories has been named the new director of Savannah River National Laboratory and its staff of more than 900 scientists and support personnel.
Terry A. Michalske has more than 30 years of experience in solar energy, nanotechnology and biomolecular analysis and spent much of his career at Sandia, where his most recent position was director of energy and security systems.
"SRNL is internationally renowned in its expertise in ceramics, environmental and chemical processing technology, glass waste forms and vitrification, hydrogen storage, and nuclear forensics, just to name a few of its core competencies," he said. "All are essential for meeting DOE's Office of Environmental Management's mission, and each holds a terrific foundation for growing SRNL's future in broader energy and national security missions."
The lab's previous director, Samit K. "Sam" Bhattacharyya, resigned March 24 to pursue unspecified outside interests.
Garry Flowers, the president and CEO of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, which manages the lab for the federal government, said Michalske will be an effective leader in efforts to create a sustainable future for Savannah River Site.
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The company said the SRS Energy Park concept could include development of small modular power reactors that are carbon-neutral, capable of using used nuclear fuel and able to provide reliable and economical sources of electricity and steam. A major goal in this initiative is to aid in reducing dependence on foreign oil for U.S. energy.