ORNL Head Wadsworth To Speak at UT Commencement

KNOXVILLE — Dr. Jeffrey Wadsworth, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and President and CEO of UT-Battelle, is scheduled to speak at the University of Tennessee’s Fall 2003 commencement.

Dr. Jeffrey Wadsworth

About 1,500 graduate and undergraduate degrees are expected to be awarded at the ceremony, which is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, in Thompson-Boling arena. Commencement is open to the public.

A graduate hooding ceremony for doctoral, master’s and specialists of education degrees will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the same location.

As the leader of ORNL and UT-Battelle, Wadsworth is responsible for management of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest multipurpose science laboratory, with 3,800 staff members and an annual budget of $1 billion.

He oversees the management of a six-laboratory partnership to construct the nation’s largest civilian science project: the $1.4 billion Spallation Neutron Source.

Under his direction, ORNL also operates numerous nuclear facilities, including the High Flux Isotope Reactor, and carries out a broad program of research and development that spans science, energy, national and homeland security, and environmental management.

Before taking his post earlier this year, Wadsworth was senior vice president for DOE science programs and director of laboratory operations homeland security programs at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.

He held several positions at the University of California and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1992-2002, including deputy director for science and technology.

He also has served as a staff scientist and manager of metallurgy for Lockheed Missile and Space Company, Palo Alto, Calif., and as a research associate and consulting professor at Stanford University in California.

Wadsworth, who was born in Hamburg, Germany, earned undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees at Sheffield University in England.

He has authored more than 270 papers on a wide range of materials science and metallurgical topics, holds four U.S. patents, and has presented more than 220 talks at conferences and scientific venues.