Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

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Communications and External Relations


ORNL reactor operations manager now leads facilities upgrade project

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 8, 1995 — Michael B. Farrar has been appointed to fill the newly created position of High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) Facilities Upgrade and In-Service Inspection Project manager at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Farrar was previously HFIR operations manager. Succeeding him in that position is Jeffrey A. Schmitz.

Farrar will manage and coordinate several major tasks during the next ten years to maximize the performance of HFIR. In this role he will minimize the impact of upgrades to the plant and the experimental facilities on reactor operation and will assure safe and efficient integration with existing HFIR equipment, systems and facilities. He will also conduct a replacement of the reactor's permanent beryllium reflector and coordinate a full internal inspection of the reactor.

The HFIR is one of the world's most powerful research reactors.

Farrar joined ORNL in 1980 as a HFIR technical assistant. He served as HFIR maintenance coordinator from 1981 to 1983, as assistant reactor supervisor from 1983 to 1987, as Research Reactors Division maintenance manager from 1988 to 1995 and as HFIR operations manager from 1989 to June 1995.

He earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Tennessee Technological University. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Nuclear Society. He lives in Knoxville with his wife Donna, and attends Laurel Church of Christ.

Schmitz is now responsible for the day-to-day operations of HFIR. He joined ORNL's Engineering Technology Division in 1993 and transferred to the Research Reactors Division in July 1995.

Before joining ORNL, Schmitz worked for three years as an industrial engineer with the Michelin Tire Corporation, for five years as a reactor systems engineer and shift supervisor for the Georgia Power Company and for three years as shift supervisor and manager of technical staff training for the Wisconsin Electric Power Company.

He served from 1972 to 1982 in the submarine division of the U.S. Navy's nuclear power program.

Schmitz earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Marquette University in 1977 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Schmitz lives in Oak Ridge with his wife, Susan, and his six children: Jennifer, 11; Katie, 9; Matthew, 5; Michael, 4; Jeffrey, 2; and Theresa, 2 months.

ORNL, one of DOE's multiprogram national research and development facilities, is managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, which also manages the Oak Ridge K-25 Site and the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant.