Jim Sumner

Jim Sumner

James N. (Jim) Sumner
Program Manager of the UT Institute for Nuclear Security
Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy

James N. (Jim) Sumner currently serves as a Program Manager for the UT Institute for Nuclear Security (INS) at the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy. In this role, he is responsible for organizing, managing, and providing oversight for new INS programs and projects performed in support of the nuclear security community.

Previously, Mr. Sumner was a Program Director and Division Director at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where his activities included developing and managing specialized research laboratory facilities and projects to support nonproliferation R&D missions as well as managing efforts to secure at-risk nuclear materials and equipment. He previously served as the Deputy Program Manager for Oak Ridge support for the Highly Enriched Uranium Transparency Program, monitoring the down-blending of weapons-grade uranium from dismantled Russian nuclear weapons. Mr. Sumner also previously coordinated and managed Oak Ridge Engineering support for the Paducah and Portsmouth gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment plants, and serving as the Principal Engineer for engineering design work at the U.S. gas centrifuge uranium enrichment plant.

Research Interests:

  • Development, testing, validation, and application of nuclear forensics technology and techniques to support nuclear security missions.
  • Education and training of nuclear security professionals including academic programs to train the next generation of nuclear security professionals, and professional development training programs for enhancing the job skills and knowledge of the current nuclear security workforce.
  • The development, validation, and implementation of new technologies and tools to secure, inspect, and monitor each process of the nuclear fuel cycle.

Mr. Sumner is a registered Professional Engineer who received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition, Mr. Sumner has completed graduate work in both Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management. Mr. Sumner has over 30 years of experience in engineering and program management, including over 20 years of experience supporting critical national nuclear security requirements.

He joined INS in 2016 after working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Contact Information:
Email: jsumner6@utk.edu