Meet CMI Student Zachary Sims

Zachary Sims started as an intern at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and now is a staff scientist on the team that created a new aluminum-cerium alloy. He says that after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in physics, "I pursued employment with Orlando Rios in the Deposition Science and Technology group. I began work on the development of the aluminum-cerium alloy system. I was introduced to the Bredesen Center through some ORNL contacts and with my interest in scientific policy."

"After being accepted to the program, I have continued my work in developing the aluminum-cerium system while attending class and furthering my education," Sims said. "In total I have nearly six years of research experience, and my time at ORNL has educated me on such research techniques as: X-Ray diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy, Differential Scanning Calorimetry, and magnetic characterization to name a few. The past two years working in the CMI have been the most educational and productive years of my life.”

Link to news story on new alloy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.