Science and Technology for the Energy Challenge

Science and Technology and the Energy Challenge: A U.S. Perspective. Free public lecture by Thomas E. Mason, director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 4 pm in CCIS 1-160. 

Thomas MasonThomas E. Mason
Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Monday, April 18, 2016
4 pm, CCIS L1-160 ***Note Room Change***
Coffee and doughnuts at 3:50 pm


To a large extent, the issues surrounding energy, environment, prosperity, and security are being addressed in international conversations about how to achieve a sustainable future.  In particular, as the risks associated with global climate change become clear, the need for urgent action to build resilience to its most damaging impacts is clear.  It is also becoming increasingly evident that full use of the best energy technologies now available, while highly desirable, will not be sufficient to overcome this challenge.

Without a significant and sustained effort in basic and applied research and development, we will not have the innovations needed to lead us to a desirable future.  Coupling the multidisciplinary strengths of the U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, including Oak Ridge, with the efforts of other government institutions and the academic and industrial research communities around the world provides the means to address a challenge even greater in scope than the national security drivers that gave rise to the national laboratory system in the first place.


Thom Mason (MSc Dalhousie, PhD McMaster) is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has been director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA, since 2007. His research background is in the application of neutron scattering techniques.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed by UT-Battelle for the US Department of Energy.