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transforming energy environment for america s future

U.S. Department of EnergyOffice of Science

Transforming Energy & EnvironmentFor America’s Future

Bill Valdez


Office of Workforce Development for Teachers & Scientists

February 2009

doe s far reaching scale and scope

No Other Organization in the World Matches the Scale and Scope of DOE’s Investments in its Mission Areas

  • Energy Security ($4 billion) Promoting America’s energy security through reliable, clean, and affordable energy
  • Nuclear Security ($9 billion)Ensuring America’s nuclear security
  • Scientific Discovery and Innovation ($3.9 billion)Strengthening U.S. scientific discovery, economic competitiveness, and improving quality of life through innovations in science and technology
  • Environmental Responsibility ($7.5 billion)Protecting the environment by providing a responsible resolution to the environmental legacy of nuclear weapons production

DOE’s Far-Reaching Scale and Scope


Federal Research Funding Rankings

(1) Source: FY 2008 Budget of the United States, Analytical Perspectives volume, R&D Chapter

research at the office of science is an investment in america s future
Research at the Office of Science is An Investment in America’s Future
  • The Office of Science Enhances U.S. Competitiveness Through…
  • Transformational Science
  • Basic research for advanced scientific breakthroughs that will revolutionize our approach to the nation’s energy, environment, and national security challenges
  • A Scientific Workforce for the Nation’s Future
  • Supporting, training, & educating the nation’s current and future scientific & technical workforce: Ph.D.’s, post-docs, graduate students, & science educators
  • National Scientific Facilities
  • World-leading research capabilities that maintain U.S. leadership in science & technological innovation
transformational science

Office of Science Programs Offices:

  • Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
  • Advancing the basic sciences for energy security
  • Materials Sciences and Engineering
  • Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, Energy Biosciences
  • Major Scientific User Facilities

Transformational Science

  • Fusion Energy Sciences (FES)
  • Bringing the power of the stars to Earth
  • ITER
  • Plasma Science
  • Tokamak and Alternative Concept Experimental Research
  • Theory and Simulation
  • Advanced Scientific Computing
  • Research (ASCR)
  • Extending the frontiers of science
  • Mathematical and Computational Sciences
  • High Performance Computing and Networking Facilities and Testbeds
  • High Energy Physics (HEP)
  • Exploring the fundamental interactions of energy, matter, time, and space
  • Elemental particle physics
  • Dark matter and dark energy
  • Accelerator science and technology
  • Theoretical physics
  • Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
  • Harnessing the power of our living world
  • Systems biology on microbes and plants
  • Climate Change Research
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Low-does Radiation andRadiochemistry
  • Nuclear Physics (NP)
  • Exploring nuclear matter–from quarks to stars
  • Medium and low energy nuclear physics
  • Heavy ion nuclear physics – quark-gluon plasma
  • Nuclear theory
  • Rare Isotopes

Workforce Development for Teachers

and Scientists (WDTS)

  • DOE National Science Bowls
  • DOE Academies for Creating Teacher Scientists
wdts national mission
WDTS National Mission
  • Prepare a diverse workforce of scientists, engineers, and educators to keep America at the forefront of innovation.
  • Utilize DOE’s unique intellectual and physical resources to enhance the ability of educators and our Nation’s educational systems to teach science and mathematics.
  • Implement a proactive, data-driven, and results-focused model that promotes and strengthens the greater STEM education and research community.

Pipeline Approach

DOE Technical


Headquarters National


100,000 Contract employees

15,000 Federal employees

Extended DOE Technical Workforce

Technical workers in industries, University

and College related to DOE mission areas

National Technical Workforce

7.4 million workers in STEM-related fields

Undergraduate and Graduate STEM Students

500,000 U.S. University students studying STEM Fields

Middle School and High School Students Approximately 25,000,000 students

  • Kindergarten through Post Docs
    • “Life long learners”
    • “K through grey”
  • Highly Leveraged Partnerships
    • Sustainability
    • Long-term thinking
wdts portfolio

Technical Skills/ Workforce Development Programs

WDTS Portfolio

  • Professional Fellowships: STAR, DOE Graduate, Critical Skills Fellowship
  • Capacity Building: IPA’s, Grantee Conference, Mini-Grants

Educator Programs

  • Academies Creating Teacher Scientists (ACTS),
  • Faculty & Student Teams (FaST)
  • Einstein Fellowship
  • California STAR

Graduate Programs

  • Early Career PI Programs
  • Graduate Fellowships

Undergraduate Programs

  • National Science Bowl
  • Real World Design Challenge,
  • Distributed Experiment Program
  • Einstein Fellowship
  • Undergrad Research Program
  • Pre-Service Teacher
  • Faculty & Student Teams
  • Community College Institutes

High School & Middle School Programs

doe s implementation strategy national goals locally delivered
DOE’s Implementation Strategy:National Goals Locally Delivered

Define national goals in terms of local delivery mechanisms:

  • Implement at the local level through schools, universities and industry
  • State governments are a perfect delivery mechanism for DOE because STEM education is an economic development driver

Understand local conditions:

  • Industrial Needs: chemical, pharmaceutical, electronic and technology
  • Structure of educational system
  • Rural/urban/suburban

Align local conditions with national imperatives:

  • Long-term energy security (Energy Policy Act, 2005)
  • A highly skilled STEM workforce (“A Gathering Storm”, 2006)
  • National innovation economy (America COMPETES Act, 2007)
  • Green Jobs (American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, 2009)
student family involvement
Student & Family Involvement
  • Students and Families Must Recognize the Value in a STEM Career
    • Attractive pathways for career success must be apparent
    • Conditions must be created where students andfamiliessee the value of a STEM education
  • Marketing to Students & Parents
    • Opportunities for careers
    • Rewards
    • Recognition
      • National Science Bowl
      • Real World Design


summer faculty research program
Summer Faculty Research Program
  • Purpose: To provide opportunities for under-represented faculty and student teams to conduct research with DOE scientists.

FY 07

Number of Participants: 25

Number of Institutions: 12

FY 08

Number of Participants: 60

Number of Institutions: 21

Number of HBCUs/MEIs 12

doe s science energy research challenge serch
DOE’s “Science & Energy Research Challenge – SERCh”

National Science Research

Poster Competition

November 9-10, 2008

  • Competitors included 84 college and university students from across the country, including Minority Educational Institutions
  • The event also included 43 faculty mentors and 72 high school student spectators
  • Research emphasized science and energy solutions
  • Grand Prize winner awarded $10,000 scholarship
high performance computing class morehouse college
High Performance Computing Class - Morehouse College
  • ORNL teaching class to Morehouse College, via live videoconference, for Spring Semester, 2009
  • Other HBCUs also participating – Jackson State University and Knoxville College
  • Includes coursework and two student visits to the laboratory
  • Increasing access to scientific information for under-

represented institutions

  • More schools to participate in future courses at other DOE labs
  • Emphasis is on capacity building

Questions and Comments

  • Bill Valdez
  • Director
  • Office of Workforce Development for
  • Teachers & Scientists