Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Marty Goolsby (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


Sheffield appointed director for Energy Technology Programs

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 28, 1995 — Dr. John Sheffield has been named director of Energy Technology Programs at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Sheffield was previously director of the Fusion Energy Division.

In this newly created position within the Energy and Engineering Technologies directorate, Sheffield will be responsible for coordinating activities, directing strategic planning and developing new programs in energy efficiency and renewables, fission, fossil, fusion; transportation programs; and programs in support of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The new position has been created to continue to meet the recognized need for greater integration among the applied energy programs and between these programs, industry and other laboratories.

In addition, Sheffield will continue to coordinate Martin Marietta Energy Systems' activities to develop a site option for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor on DOE's Oak Ridge Reservation.

Sheffield began his career in fusion research at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority in England. He joined ORNL's Fusion Energy Division in 1977 and has been primarily involved in magnetic fusion research. He has served as director and as associate director of the Fusion Energy Division for more than 12 years.

He received a bachelor's degree from Imperial College, London University, and a master's degree in molecular spectroscopy and gas discharge physics from Northern Polytechnic, London. He was awarded his doctorate degree in physics from London University.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Nuclear Society.

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the Department of Energy's multiprogram national research and development facilities, is managed by Martin Marietta Energy Systems, a Lockheed Martin company, which also manages the Oak Ridge K-25 Site and the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant.