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Jeff Smith is serving as interim director of ORNL. He previously served 21 years as ORNL’s Deputy for Operations, retiring in April 2021.

As deputy for operations, Smith led a $400 million modernization effort, which resulted in the most new construction at the Laboratory since the Manhattan Project. Under Smith’s leadership, UT-Battelle used partnerships with the State of Tennessee, private-sector financing, and innovative approaches to optimize federal resources to transform ORNL. In support of this transformation, Smith also serves as the president of UT-Battelle Development Corporation, a not-for-profit focused on the development of facilities to support the Lab’s mission.


Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith