Blake Palles is currently studying nuclear engineering with a specialization in radiological engineering. He is involved with two nuclear organizations on campus: the American Nuclear Society and the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management where he serves as an officer. Additionally, he is a participant in the College of Engineering's Grand Challenge Scholars Program, whose goal is to solve the engineering problems facing the 21st Century.
Blake is an undergraduate researcher for UT at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Nuclear Materials Detection and Characterization group. He intends to go to graduate school and continue to research technologies to aid in global nuclear security.