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Faculty Research Experiences

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) provides short- and long-term programs for either faculty or faculty-student teams to collaborate with ORISE’s science and engineering partners.

The length of the faculty programs can vary—from summer internships to year-long sabbaticals—but all programs enable faculty members to broaden their professional outlook beyond the classroom to the application of laboratory research.

For example, these researchers have taken advantage of ORISE opportunities:

Dr. Miguel Castro

Dr. Miguel Castro

Dr. Miguel Castro, of the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, spent three months conducting research on surface tension in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Faculty Student Team Research program.

Dr. Patricia Hatch

Dr. Thomas Liu

Dr. Thomas Liu and student Monty Bains created a Web service and for data analysis and visualization as part of the Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions.

Dr. Rolin Mainuddin

Dr. Rolin Mainuddin

Dr. Rolin Mainuddin of North Carolina Central University spent the summer with two of his students lending their knowledge in social sciences to help the U.S. Department of Homeland Security gain more intelligence about the process of radicalization.

Dr. Eddie Red

Dr. Eddie Red

Dr. Eddie Red of Morehouse College studied nanotube characteristics that could lead to improved fuel cells as part of the DOE Faculty and Student Team research program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Dr. Dianna Spence

Dr. Dianna Spence

North Georgia College and State University professor Dianna Spence, Ph.D., and students work to hasten the speed at which computationally-intensive equations are solved for more efficient analysis of groundwater at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Dr. Liz Diaz Vázquez

Dr. Liz Diaz Vázquez

Three Puerto Rican scientists spent summer researching new ways to detect explosive traces as part of Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team for Minority Serving Institutions.

Kierra Smith, Jessie Walker, Tarsheika West

Dr. Jessie Walker

Students Kierra Smith and Tarsheika West, under the supervision of faculty mentor Dr. Jessie Walker, researched cyber security during natural disasters while participating in the U.S. Department of Homeland Sercurity’s Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions.