Susan has been employed at the Department of Energy Oak Ridge facilities since 1988. She joined the Data Systems Research and Development Division of Martin Marietta Energy Systems (MMES) as an administrator of an early secure multi-level Unix operating system and relational database systems. She became the technical lead of Department of Energy security projects focused on system security/network analysis and database security. She represented MMES on the ANSI SQL Committee and the Database Systems Study Group Database Security Working Group.

Susan moved to the Computing and Telecommunications Division to pursue an interest in distributed database technology where she served as the technical lead of network database development projects then transitioned to SNMP network management systems. She assumed responsibility for the Domain Name Service and developed C language/SQL applications to automate DNS administration.

In the network group Susan assumed primary responsibility for the ORNL perimeter and external network architecture. She was the primary architect for the ORNL border and wide area optical networks for fifteen years, as well as several research project networks and the ORNL Compute and Data Environment for Science (CADES). Susan also serves as the Deputy Chair of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) Site Coordinating committee and the ORNL ESnet Site Coordinator.

Susan transitioned to the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) with the CADES team and is currently responsible for multiple high-performance network environments. She continues to serve as the ORNL ESnet site coordinator and ESnet Site Coordinating Committee Logistics Lead.


University of Tennessee
Computer Science
Master of Science (M.S.)
University of Tennessee
Computer Science
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

R&D Activities Contributions

CADES – Compute and Data Environment for Science - CADES is an ORNL facility to support R&D staff’s scalable computing and data analytics needs—making a research computing toolkit available to every research scientist. CADES…

ALICE: A Large Ion Collider Experiment @ CERN - [From the ALICE website:] ALICE is the acronym for A Large Ion Collider Experiment, one of the largest experiments in the world devoted to…