National Lab Day Webinar Series

UNH logo next to image of New England and text that says New England National Lab Day Webinar Series


Hosted by the University of New Hampshire in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories

At four virtual workshops in fall 2020 and winter 2021, representatives from multiple U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories, along with researchers, officials and industry leaders from around the region, will share insights for accessing DOE’s world-class scientific facilities and partnering to address society’s most pressing energy, environmental and national security challenges.

Please register for each webinar separately. All webinars will be recorded.


Thursday, October 15, 2020

3 – 5 pm (Eastern Daylight Time)

Recording of webinar is available here.

Webinar slides are here.

This virtual workshop will highlight mechanisms and opportunities for university and DOE national laboratory researchers to collaborate on state-of-the-art topics to accelerate innovation in transformative manufacturing.


3:00-3:10pm      UNH welcome, DOE Lab Day context, UNH context

Marian McCord, Senior Vice Provost for Research, Economic Engagement and Outreach, University of New Hampshire

3:10-3:20pm      DOE Lab welcome

Paul Kearns, Director, Argonne National Laboratory

3:20-3:35pm      Basic Research Perspective - Transformative Manufacturing Overview

Cynthia Jenks, Director of Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory

3:35-3:50pm      Applied Research Perspective – Advanced Manufacturing Overview

Valri Lightner, Deputy Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

3:50-4:05pm      New Hampshire Industry Perspective

James Nash, Engineering Director, Brayton Energy

4:05-4:45pm      Manufacturing Basic Science and Applied Research Capabilities

Ames Laboratory          

Emma White, Laboratory Scientist II                            

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Ellen Cerreta, Division Lead, Materials Science and Technology, and

Melissa Fox, Program Director, Applied Energy Program

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory          

Eric Duoss, Group Leader and Research Engineer

Savannah River National Laboratory      

Scott McWhorter, Director, Integrated Energy Systems

Idaho National Laboratory        

Robert O’Brien, Director of Advanced Manufacturing

National Energy Technology Laboratory

Christopher Matranga, Research Scientist

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tom Kurfess, Chief Manufacturing Officer

Argonne National Laboratory    

Cynthia Jenks, Director, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division

4:45 – 5:00pm  Wrap-up Questions and next steps

Brad Kinsey, Facilitator; Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the John Olson Manufacturing Center, University of New Hampshire

Thursday, November 19, 2020

3 – 5 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Register here.

Webinar slides are here.

Webinar recording is here.

This session, targeted to students (undergraduate and graduate) as well as postdoctoral and early-career researchers, will highlight the myriad career-launching programs at DOE National Labs. The National Laboratories support a wide range of research, including artificial intelligence, advanced computing, biosciences, chemical sciences, geosciences, environmental sciences, manufacturing, materials science and engineering, fusion, high energy or nuclear physics and more. Specific opportunities include Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI), Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program, postdoctoral fellowships, visiting faculty program and EPSCoR-State/DOE-National Laboratory Partnerships.

A keynote speaker will give an overview of the STEM education and workforce development opportunities at National Labs. Current and former students and postdocs from across New England universities will deliver a series of “lightning talks,” discussing their specific research in an energy field, research experience working with the labs and results. Speakers will also include leadership from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Jefferson Lab, Pacific Northwest National Lab, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Los Alamos National Lab and Brookhaven National Lab.


3:00 – 3:05        Webinar Introduction by facilitator
Mark Milutinovich, University of New Hampshire

3:05 – 3:10        UNH Welcome
Wayne Jones, Jr, UNH Provost

3:10 – 3:20        National Labs Welcome
Thomas Zacharia, Oak Ridge National Lab

3:20 – 3:40       DOE Welcome and Overview of DOE STEM and Workforce Development Programs
Conner Prochaska, DOE Office of Technology Transitions

3:40 – 3:50       DOE STEM Rising
AnneMarie Horowitz, DOE Headquarters

3:50 – 4:10        STEM Programs at the Lab level
Andrew Zwicker, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

4:10 – 4:40        Flash talks by Students/Alumni

Talk 1: Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

Catherine Trewhella, Brookhaven National Laboratory / UMass-Amherst

Talk 2: Graduate Research Assistant

Joshua Suetterlein, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory / Univ. of Delaware

Talk 3: Early Career

Amanda Madden, Los Alamos National Lab / UNH alumnus                   

Talk 4: Postdoctoral

Ellie Long, University of New Hampshire / Jefferson Lab

4:40 – 5:00        Facilitated Question & Answer


Thursday, January 21, 2021

3 – 5 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Registration will open soon.

This webinar will summarize insight gained from Jefferson Lab’s very successful 12 GeV physics program to produce a realistic map of the proton and light nuclei’s internal structure, to investigate nuclear short-range correlations and to understand the nature of nuclear tensor interactions. We will also discuss the rich scientific program planned for the newly approved Electron Ion Collider (EIC) at Brookhaven National Lab. Together, these two facilities will help answer some of the biggest remaining mysteries of nuclear physics. Panelists will share their experiences working at these two premier Department of Energy laboratories, and how these facilities have helped shape their careers.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

3 – 5 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Registration will open soon.

This webinar will highlight examples of successful collaborations between academic institutions and the National Labs that have improved our understanding of biogeochemical cycles across terrestrial, aquatic and marine interfaces. It aims to provide an overview of expertise, instruments and facilities and the data generated through these academic-National Lab collaborations for scientists and engineers who have traditionally been funded by NSF, EPA and others to better understand the available resources, employment, and proposal opportunities offered at the National Labs.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the in-person New England National Lab Day has been postponed until 2021. Contact us to receive updates.