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Science Education Programs at NETL
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) offers opportunities to participate in energy-related research through three highly competitive internships and research fellowship programs managed by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), a U.S. Department of Energy institute managed by ORAU.
NETL, with three primary locations in Albany, OR; Morgantown, WV; and Pittsburgh, PA, is the only national laboratory owned and operated by the United States Department of Energy. Its mission is to strengthen our nation’s security, to improve our nation’s environment, and to advance energy options that fuel our nation’s economy. To complement NETL’s mission, ORISE educational programs help to ensure that NETL has a robust supply of scientists and engineers to meet its future science and technology needs.
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), which is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is part of a larger national laboratory system. NETL supports the DOE mission to advance the energy security of the United States by implementing a broad spectrum of energy and environmental research and development (R&D) programs that will return benefits for generations to come, such as:
- Enabling domestic coal, natural gas, and oil to economically power our Nation’s homes, industries, businesses, and transportation.
- Protecting our environment and enhancing our energy independence.
NETL has expertise in coal, natural gas, and oil technologies; contract and project management; analysis of energy systems; and international energy issues. In addition to research conducted onsite, NETL’s project portfolio includes R&D conducted through partnerships, cooperative research and development agreements, financial assistance, and contractual arrangements with universities and the private sector. Together, these efforts focus a wealth of scientific and engineering talent on creating commercially viable solutions to national energy and environmental problems.
The Albany facility is approximately 70 miles south of Portland, located in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Largely a manufacturing and farming community, Albany is the 11th largest city in Oregon, with a population of 50,520 (source: City of Albany). To learn more about the Albany community, please visit the Albany Visitors Association website.
The Morgantown facility is approximately 77 miles south of Pittsburgh, located in North-Central West Virginia, and is the principal city of the Morgantown Metropolitan Area. Morgantown’s 29,660 permanent residents anchor the overall metro population of 129,709. Morgantown is known for its abundance of outdoor activities including mountain biking, trail hiking, rock climbing, and snow skiing. To learn more about the Morgantown community, please visit the Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website.
The Pittsburgh facility is located in the south suburban South Park Township. The city of Pittsburgh anchors the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area’s approximately 2.4 million residents and provides the basis for the area’s many educational, cultural, and sporting events. To learn more about the city of Pittsburgh, please visit the Visit Pittsburgh website.
Culturally and Intellectually Diverse
"This has been a great opportunity to work with scientists and professionals, and I feel like I have been exposed to cutting-edge issues in the field of energy resources. I think the experiences I've had have shown me different facets of research: identifying an unknown and applying one's own knowledge to investigate it. I would recommend this program to others."
Aubrey Harris, Professional Internship Program (PIP)