From the Director
Dr. Terry Michalske
Owner of Multiple Patents:
• Micromachine friction test
• Chemical treatment for silica-
containing glass surfaces (four
• Method for forming hermetic
coatings for optical fibers
• Method for chemical surface
modification of fumed silica
• Glass ceramic toughened with
Co-author of several books
Author of 90 journal publications
Orton Lecture Award
R&D 100 Award – Interfacial Force Microscope
International Congress on Glass Woldemar A. Weyl International Glass Science Award
American Ceramic Society Ross Coffin Purdy Award
Two time winner of the DOE/Basic Energy Sciences Materials Science Award for Outstanding Technological Accomplishment
Terry A. Michalske, PhD
Director, Savannah River National Laboratory
Executive Vice President, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC
Education: PhD, Ceramic Science, Alfred University
Bachelor of Science, Ceramic Engineering, Alfred University
The Savannah River National Laboratory offers a unique combination of capabilities, equipment, and infrastructure that are not available anywhere else in the United States. Originally created as part of the complex to maintain the US nuclear deterrent, the current mission and capabilities are a significant asset to the site, region and country to provide solutions to issues of national and international impact.
SRNL innovations developed over the past five years have resulted in over $5 Billion in savings for our nation’s legacy waste cleanup program, providing greater than fifteen-fold return on investment to the taxpayer. The nation’s nuclear deterrent cannot be maintained without the one-of-a-kind tritium processing, storage and transfer system capabilities at SRNL. We are also home to the world’s only radiological crime investigation laboratory. These are things that make SRNL a world leader in science and technology. SRNL provides intellectual leadership, innovative solutions, and research and technology necessary to address the nation’s most complex nuclear materials processing and environmental challenges. The researchers and staff at SRNL are able to successfully fulfill this mission while also upholding the distinction of being the safest National Laboratory in the country.
These things set SRNL apart in demonstrating the laboratory’s value to our country. It is through hard work, decades of experience, and innovative research that SRNL has established itself as a key player in our nation’s needs in environmental stewardship, national security, and clean energy.
Dr. Terry Michalske serves as Executive Vice president of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), LLC, and Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). In this position, he is responsible for the management, operation and strategic direction of the laboratory. SRNL currently has approximately 825 employees and conducts research and development for a diversified portfolio of federal agencies supporting national missions in environmental management, national security and clean energy. As DOE’s designated Environmental Management Laboratory, SRNL provides scientific and technological strategic direction and program support for the nation’s legacy waste cleanup program.
Dr. Michalske has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of materials science, nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy science and national security systems. Prior to joining SRNL, Dr. Michalske served as founding Director for the DOE Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Director for the DOE Combustion Research Facility, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Joint BioEnergy Institute, and Director of Energy and Security Systems at Sandia National Laboratories.
In addition to his current duties at SRNL, Dr. Michalske serves as a Trustee of Alfred University, a Board of Directors member for EngenuitySC and the South Carolina Research Authority, and Chairman of the Secretary of Energy’s Environmental Management Laboratory Policy Council. Dr. Michalske has testified before the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and the state legislatures of California, New Mexico, and South Carolina on topics including nanotechnology, energy security and environmental cleanup. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and of the American Vacuum Society.