Joe Lake is a Strategic Programs Manager within NCCS. In this position, Joe supports the division in a variety of roles including space coordination and as the Division Proposal Coordinator for Strategic Partnership Program submittals. Additionally, he is also the Program Manager for the long-standing joint DOE and National Cancers Institute (NCI) program, a new National Childhood Cancer Registry program with NCI, and other programs.

Joe has been with ORNL as a staff member since December 2004. He describes his career at ORNL as a “choose your own adventure novel”. He was hired on as a java programmer supporting a Defense Threat Reduction Agency facility vulnerability project, transitioned to a systems engineer deploying wireless data capture and transmission systems for harsh industrial environments at United States Steel, pivoted to program/project/operations management with ORNL’s initial engagement with Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2011, and solidified this trajectory when he took on the role as Director for Operations for Health Data Sciences Institute in 2013 where he championed and lead the team for the initial deployment of the ORNL Knowledge Discovery Infrastructure.

Joe holds a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from UTK and a M.S. degree in Project Management from Boston University.


University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Biomedical Engineering
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Boston University
Project Management
Master of Science (M.S.)

R&D Activities Contributions

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