Secretary Chu visits - New!
Energy Secretary Steven Chu signs a contestant in the Robotics FIRST competition.
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu was at ORNL Wednesday afternoon on a quick, nuclear-themed visit that included a tour of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors on the top floor of Bldg. 5700 and a stop at the new Manufacturing Demonstration Facility on Hardin Valley Road.
He had earlier in the day visited the site of the the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Waynesboro, Ga., billed as "the first of the next generation of passively safe nuclear reactors to be built in the United States."
Chu noted how computing at ORNL is being used to address the nation's problems and challenges. In a computing environment where speed and power are growing by leaps and bounds, "we are the undisputed leader in problem solving with supercomputers," he said at CASL.
On his way to the airport he stopped at the MDF for briefings on battery research and advanced manufacturing, and met students who are competing in the national Robotics FIRST competition with coaching from several ORNL researchers.