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Dr. Jason Hayward

Receiving DOE funding extends the research of nuclear engineer

Jason Hayward

Photo credit: University of Tennessee

One of the 61 Early Career Research Program Award recipients recognized by DOE-SC in 2013 is Jason Hayward, Ph.D. (nuclear engineering, University of Michigan), an assistant professor with the University of Tennessee’s Department of Nuclear Engineering. Five years ago, he was working in ORNL’s Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate as a participant in the Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) program, administered by ORAU under ORISE.

“The HERE program allowed me to work alongside ORNL scientists, broadening my perspective on approaches to nuclear engineering research,” said Hayward. “It increased my understanding for how nuclear data evaluation affects simulation work for modeling radiation instrumentation systems and the way I conduct radiation measurements.”

A current joint faculty member with ORNL’s Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division, Hayward received funding from the DOE Early Career Research Program Award to help develop the next generation of high resolution instrumentation design for neutron imaging facilities like ORNL’s Spallation Neutron Source.

Hayward, whose research is contributing to curtailing the spread of nuclear weapons and identifing viable alternative energy sources, attributes DOE’s support for early career scientists as being critical for strengthening the U.S. scientific workforce.

“A number of my graduate students have been supported through DOE funds, allowing them to research a wide range of topics from new scintillator development for measuring radiation to using radiation detection methods for monitoring treaty verification and nuclear arms control initiatives,” said Hayward. “Some of the innovations resulting from basic research funded by DOE have the potential to lead to patents, enhanced national security and increased global competitiveness.”