Brenda
Smith

Product Development Scientist

Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Tennessee
BS , Chemistry from Kent State University

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Former Oakridge National Labs Chemistry scientist with experience in synthetic chemistry, radiochemistry, applied science, chemical processing, and energy converter systems, among others.

Before DKS, Brenda worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as Research Staff Member. Brenda brings over a decade of hands-on experience in synthetic chemistry, radiochemistry, applied science, chemical processing, energy converter systems, and designing novel radio- and photo-luminescent materials, to name a few.  

She was involved in strategic planning and participated in several internal and external proposal review panels. During her time at ORNL, she volunteered in several women's organizations, including being a co-founder for one, and served as a mentor for a community outreach girls' STEM program.

Brenda holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. After her Ph.D. degree, she held an Intelligence Community Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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