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ETEC - Mickey Wade, Associate Laboratory Director for Fusion and Fission Energy and Science, ORNL

ETEC - Mickey Wade, Associate Laboratory Director for Fusion and Fission Energy and Science, ORNL

Friday, May 3, 2024 (7:30 AM - 8:30 AM) (EDT)


ETEC members meet each Friday morning from 7:30am-8:30am. This meeting is open to all members and their guests.

We welcome our members and their guests to attend the ETEC meetings in person. It is the best way to connect, or re-connect, with friends, colleagues, and potential business opportunities. 

Join us on Friday, May 3, 2024, to hear from Mickey Wade, the Associate Laboratory Director for Fusion and Fission Energy and Science at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His bio is below. 

Topic: This program will align with the upcoming U.S. Fusion Energy Week (May 6- 10). Fusion energy holds enormous potential for centuries of clean, sustainable, safe energy — and East Tennessee is a region of keen interest for fusion development. 
How will we capitalize on the unique economic opportunities fusion energy holds for East Tennessee?

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Mickey Wade, PhD
Associate Laboratory Director for Fusion and Fission Energy and Science
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Mickey Wade was named Associate Laboratory Director for the Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate in April 2023. Before that, he served as Division Director for Fusion Energy for three years.

Wade recently served as deputy director of the Magnetic Fusion Energy Division for General Atomics and has extensive experience in fusion energy research, programmatic development, and strategic planning.

Under his leadership, the Fusion Energy Division is developing the understanding required for an attractive fusion energy source through domestic and international research collaborations, pursuing near-term applications to close the fusion fuel cycle and mitigate plasma disruptions, and developing solutions to materials and fusion nuclear science challenges presented by the harsh fusion environment. The organization also supports the Material Plasma Exposure eXperiment. As part of his role, works closely with the U.S. ITER Project Office, which is based at ORNL.

In 15 years at General Atomics, Wade also served as the DIII-D national fusion program director and DIII-D experimental science division director. From 1994-2005, he was a senior scientist at ORNL. He was also a leader in developing support and advocacy for ITER and served as co-chair of the U.S. Magnetic Research Strategic Directions Community Workshops.

Over more than 30 years, Wade has written or co-written more than 300 publications and been involved in numerous fusion energy community activities. He was named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2010 for his outstanding contributions to burning plasma physics, impurity transport and the development of advanced tokamak scenarios.

Wade received a bachelor’s degree in nuclear science and engineering from Virginia Tech and master’s and doctoral degrees in nuclear engineering from Georgia Tech.  He is a member of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, where he co-chairs the Science Committee.  He is also a member of the KSTAR, EAST, and WEST international advisory committees.

ETEC - UT Outreach Center
1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike Suite 100
Oak Ridge, TN 37830 United States

Come to the back corner of the building. The entrance faces the Quality Inn and Applebee's. Look for an awning and sign that says University of Tennessee Outreach Center.

Click here to register for the VIRTUAL version of the meeting:

Complimentary coffee, bagels, pastries and muffins provided.

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