ORAU's Patrick McCaffrey uses his military experience to administer ORISE research programs for the U.S. Department of Defense
Patrick McCaffrey brings nine years of military experience to the table when he meets with members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
“I administer ORISE research programs in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). These programs involve relationships with the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and members of the U.S. Intelligence Community,” said McCaffrey, section manager, ORISE Belcamp Participation Programs.
He joined ORAU in 2017 after serving in the U.S. Navy. “I act as the primary ORISE point of contact for these DoD programs, and I manage the administrative, recruiting and financial services offered through the ORISE program,” he said.
His experiences as a Naval Officer help him communicate successfully with DoD command leadership as well as primary investigators, budget officers and project managers.
“I am able to translate ORISE/DOE language and culture into DoD language and culture so that it is easily understood and applied by ORISE DoD sponsors,” said McCaffrey.
“My peer-to-peer relationships with former classmates and colleagues in the DoD allow me to stay up to date with DoD priorities. As these priorities shift, I am able to provide insight on how to potentially expand ORISE services to support both the present and future DoD research and workforce development needs,” McCaffrey said.
Through his experience in the U.S. Navy, McCaffrey learned to recognize priorities and emerging threats. “The military taught me to anticipate and adapt to an evolving environment. Those who support the DoD must incorporate these traits to assist the client, especially in the ever-changing field of research,” he said.
Deep interest in international relations
McCaffrey earned a bachelor of science degree in history at the U.S. Naval Academy. He is one of four siblings, each of whom graduated from a service academy: U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
He continued his education at Harvard University, where he received a master of liberal arts degree in international relations. He is pursuing a Certificate in Higher Education with a concentration in political economy from the University of Oxford.
McCaffrey’s academic interest in international relations stems from years of travel and work abroad. He has traveled to more than 30 countries by way of athletic events, military deployments and personal trips.
His military experience and international relations expertise uniquely qualify him to align ORISE and ORAU to meet DoD’s workforce development and technical staffing needs.
“I hope to continue to grow our relationships with the DoD and aid in the success of the ORISE program as it contributes to the overall growth of ORAU,” he said.
ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 150 colleges and universities, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).