Lieutenant Eric Stromme, Navy fellow, is an early-career officer in the U.S. Navy and a graduate of the Naval Academy.
Many interns come from unique situations like Eric Stromme: He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (emphasis in Materials Science and Reactor Physics). He participated in research at ORNL under a special program that enables U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) early career individuals to have an internship experience at ORNL. Lieutenant Stromme primarily conducts research on a new aluminum-alloy system developed in CMI research with rare earth element co-product development. He is collaborating with multiple industry partners to develop and commercialize the alloy system for various applications.
Stromme was on the ORNL team that tested whether a new high-performance aluminum-cerium alloy could perform in the heat and stress of an internal combustion engine. Link to news story at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
In November 2017, the CMI project Stromme worked on received an R&D 100 Award, which honors the 100 most exceptional innovations in science and technology from the past year. The Navy News Service ran a story about this, including a picture from the award ceremony.