Women in Neutron Sciences (WiNS) – Empower, Encourage, Enlighten

The Women in Neutron Sciences (WiNS) group promotes professional development of women at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. WiNS seeks to foster a work environment that is equitable and inclusive through thoughtful discussion, awareness, outreach, learning events, partnerships, and support.

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WiNS 2022 Survey and Executive Committee Elections

Hello WiNS members – it’s time for the annual WiNS Survey! Every year, the WiNS Committee uses a survey to determine which events the membership have attended and what events you want for next year. The survey also serves as an election for the 2022 Executive Committee.

Please complete this survey by October 29th!



Women in Computing (WiC) is giving an opportunity to "Introduce your Daughter to AI" events:

Women in Computing (WiC) presents two “Introduce Your Daughter to AI” events to be held Thursday, June 24, virtually. The first event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the second event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., with a virtual tour of the Summit supercomputer in between sessions.

The events will introduce daughters of ORNL employees and subcontractors ages 11–17 to the exciting field of artificial intelligence (AI) with fun machine learning activities. Attendance is limited to 25 girls in each session, plus one parent each, and the sessions will be divided according to skill level.

The online registration form will open at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 8. Any registrations submitted before 11 a.m. on June 8 will NOT be counted. The registration form is available here. You will receive a personalized email within 24 hours confirming your successful registration. Further instructions will be provided to confirmed attendees before the event. Questions: Contact Swaroop Pophale (pophaless@ornl.gov).


WiNS June Hike taking place on June 13

Please join the Women in Neutron Sciences (WiNS) for a June Hike:

  • When: Sunday, June 13 at 9:30 a.m. (rain date is Sunday, June 20).
  • Where: Spruce Flat Falls via Lumber Ridge, a 7 mile loop with 1,509 feet of elevation gain. The hike is rated "moderate" in difficulty due to the distance and elevation gain.
  • Directions: We will meet at the parking lot of the “Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont”, directions searchable with Google.

The event will involve hiking up to and along a wooded ridge line, and descending along a small creek to Spruce Flat Falls, then back to the start along the Middle Prong of the Little River. Hope to see rhododendron and azaleas in bloom. Bring a lunch for the hike. The hike will be followed by refreshments at The Abbey, A Local Craft Beer Pub in Townsend, Tennessee. Sadly, GSMNP does not allow 4-legged hikers.

Please contact hike leader Bryan Chakoumakos (865-621-0227, bcchakoumakos@gmail.com or chakoumakobc@ornl.gov) if you are interested in taking part.


Congratulations to Hassina Bilheux!

Hassina Bilheix is one if the three femal scientist from ORNL cited by EERE for Energy Storage Research



"Picture a Scientist" Viewing and Discussion:

Bring your lunch and join WiNS for a viewing and discussion of "Picture a Scientist" Friday, February 12th, 2021.


Viewing starts at 11:00 AM ​

Discussion Starts at 12:30 PM​


Short on time? View on your own using an ORNL device and just join the discussion​:


Picture A Scientist Viewing and Discussion flyer.pdf


Congratulations to Clarice Phelps!

Congratulations to Clarice Phelps who in in the Isotope and Fuel Cycle Technology Division, for her recognition by Knoxnews as one of the Knox.biz “40 under 40” Class of 2020!



Congratulations to Lisa Debeer-Schmitt!
Lisa Debeer-Schmitt is the new NSSA Communications Secretary

WiNS 2021 Executive Committee

Alicia Manjon Sanz & Wei Tian

Cyndi Esau

Members at Large
Melissa Harvey
Rob Knudson
Shelly Ren

Learning & Development Project Lead
Jennifer Earles

Outings Coordinator Project Lead
Bryan Chakoumakos

Outreach & Networking Project Lead
Cassie Sabens

Recognition & Engagement Project Lead
Bryan Chakoumakos

Strategic Events Project Lead
Mary-Ellen Donnelly

Spotlight on Women in Neutrons
Valerie Fudurich

HR Advisor
Melissa Preast

Outgoing Chair
Monique Wesh