2008 - Dr. Benjamin Thomas

Dr. Benjamin Thomas is the Director of Technology Partnerships within the National Security Directorate (NSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  Dr. Thomas is responsible for guiding the development of new partnerships and the expansion of existing partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and minority- and woman-owned businesses in support of multiple initiatives within NSD.  A primary component of Dr. Thomas' responsibilities is to interface with the Director of the Southeast Regional Research Initiative (SERRI) toward the development of collaborative research opportunities among educational institutions in the Southeast region, with a particular emphasis on HBCUs.  Dr. Thomas is also responsible for developing linkages between SERRI and minority- and woman-owned businesses within the region to support the SERRI mission of successfully transferring research to the private sector.  In addition, as he leads the Technology Partnerships activities, Dr. Thomas strives to develop relationships and new programs involving HBCUs and ORNL with Federal sponsors, to include Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Thomas has more than 30 years experience successfully managing and executing scientific and technical assignments covering a broad range of applications for numerous federal agencies [Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, and Department of Defense (United States Air Force, United States Army, and the United States Navy].  Dr. Thomas has extensive experience in working with academia, specifically HBCUs and Minority Educational Institutions (MEIs), where he has held responsibility for implementing and coordinating mentor protégé agreements and for establishing new business opportunities to support the advancement of both the educational institution and the federal entity.  Dr. Thomas has a demonstrated ability to plan and organize technical and human resources to accomplish project, programmatic, and organizational objectives.  Dr. Thomas is a graduate of the University of Tennessee (PhD 1995, Management Science; MS 1978 Mathematics) and Tuskegee University (BS 1976, Mathematics).

Contact Information

Post Office Box 2008, MS-6242
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6242
Telephone (865) 574-5438
Mobile (865) 206-3042
Facsimile (865) 574-8162
Email thomasbjr@ornl.gov