Successful leaders mentoring the brightest young minds

The relationship between a senior scientist and a junior scientist can be an incredibly rewarding experience. It is a chance to add differing perspectives while collaborating on mutual scientific efforts. Mentees develop professionally as they interact in the research environment, and mentors serve as critical linkages for connecting students, recent graduates and faculty to some of the world’s biggest scientific problems.

If you have ever considered taking on the challenging, yet rewarding, role of a mentor but would like to know more, take a moment to view these profiles and video interviews of some Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education mentors. These men and women serve as mentors to aspiring scientists and engineers, and collaborate with K-12 teachers and college faculty.

Capt. Kevin Hauns, Ph.D., shares his passion for research with Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education participants as a U.S. Army microbiologist at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. As a mentor, Hauns and his mentees contributed to developing an innovative viral-based malaria vaccine that will protect service members and promote global health.

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Circe Verba, Ph.D.

As a former participant in an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) fellowship program, Circe Verba, Ph.D., knows firsthand the important role a mentor can play in the development of a young scientist. That’s why Verba, now a research geologist at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) facility in Albany, Oregon, feels compelled to give back and serve as a mentor to aspiring researchers.

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Amy Vincent, D.V.M., Ph.D., (left) mentors ORISE participants like Carine Kunzler Souza, Ph.D., in the USDA-ARS Research Participation Program. Together, Vincent and her mentees at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, are advancing research on swine influenza, a costly and debilitating virus causing high morbidity in infected pigs.

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Parans Paranthaman

Parans Paranthaman, Ph.D., has a passion for supporting the next generation of scientists. As a mentor for students in various Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education research programs, he shares his knowledge and experience.

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Roger Kisner

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Roger Kisner enjoys sharing his knowledge with young engineers and scientists. He serves as a mentor for students in various Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education research programs.

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Erin Webb

In this video, Dr. Erin Webb, Agricultural Engineer, R&D Senior Staff at ORNL, describes her journey to where she is now. She is an innovator in Biosystems Engineering and her Ph.D. dissertation was on modeling the way plants would thrive in a greenhouse on Mars!

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Lonnie Love

In this video profile, Lonnie Love, a distinguished research scientist in ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Science Division and group leader of the Manufacturing Systems Research Group, explains why mentoring middle school and high school students is so rewarding.

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Jibo Sanyal

Watch this video about Dr. Jibo Sanyal, a Computer Scientist, Staff Scientist and Team Lead at ORNL. A Trendsetter in high performance computing and energy systems, Dr. Sanyal pursues multi-disciplinary research and seeks to build bridges to create ground-breaking sustainability solutions!