Oak Ridge National Laboratory named two top executives over the holidays. Jeremy Busby is the new associate laboratory director for the Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate, while Paul Langan will be associate laboratory director for the Biological and Environmental Systems Science Directorate.
Busby will oversee the Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate’s facilities and the scientists and engineers who are tackling such challenges as extending operations of the current U.S. nuclear reactor fleet; investigating economical and flexible advanced reactor systems; and making fusion energy a viable part of the nation’s energy portfolio.
“ORNL has a proud history of addressing compelling challenges in both fusion and fission energy systems, and I’m honored to contribute to our success moving forward,” Busby said in a statement. “ORNL’s Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate has the world-leading expertise to advance the development and deployment of both fusion and fission. Combined with the additional strengths across ORNL’s research and support organizations and ORNL’s unique capabilities, we will fortify our nation’s energy transition.”
Busby joined ORNL in 2004 and has served in several leadership roles at the laboratory, most recently as director of the Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division. He assumed his new role on Jan. 1.
“Jeremy’s diverse experience and passion for ORNL perfectly suit him to lead an organization central to the lab’s identity, both historically and today,” ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia said.
Langan will join the leadership team in the spring. He will lead the Biological and Environmental Systems Science Directorate convergence research in biology, ecology, engineering, data discovery, physical sciences and computing that advances U.S. competitiveness in the global bioeconomy and Earth system sustainability.
He is returning to ORNL after nearly two years as director general of the Institute Laue Langevin in Grenoble, France, the premier center for neutron science and technology in Europe. He will succeed Stan Wullschleger, who will retire in 2023 after 33 years at ORNL.
“This directorate is positioned to be at the forefront of tackling some of the most important challenges we face over the next decade, thanks to Stan’s leadership and the contributions of many talented staff members,” Langan said. “One thing that I’ve enjoyed doing over the years is bringing together technical and scientific staff from different disciplines to solve complex problems. I look forward to continuing this multidisciplinary approach, so that together we can deliver further research solutions in biological and environmental systems science that will improve our future.”