KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alvin W. Trivelpiece, director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and president of Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corp., will deliver the University of Tennessee summer commencement address.
The ceremony will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 9, at Thompson-Boling arena.
Trivelpiece became ORNL’s director in 1989. He oversees the research and development of ORNL’s programs and associated support operations. ORNL, with a staff of more than 5,000 and a budget of approximately $500 million, is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s multiprogram energy laboratories.
Also in 1989, Trivelpiece was appointed vice president of Martin Marietta Corp., the lab’s former managing and operating contractor. From 1987 to 1989, he served as executive director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Trivelpiece was a professor of physics at the University of Maryland from 1966 to 1976. While on university leave, he served with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission as assistant director for research. From 1959 to 1966 he was an electrical engineering professor at the University of California-Berkeley.
His research has focused on plasma physics, controlled thermonuclear research and particle accelerators. He was granted several patents on accelerators and microwave devices and is the author or co-author of many technical reports and two books.