"The main objectives of the American Nuclear Society are the advancement of science and engineering relating to the atomic nucleus, and of allied sciences and arts, and the integration of the scientific disciplines constituting nuclear science and technology..."

— ANS Local Section Charter

The Oak Ridge ANS Section was established in April 18, 1958. On March 25, 1981, the Oak Ridge/Knoxville Section of the American Nuclear Society was incorporated. The section has approximately 200 members, and offers a variety of programs and activities for the members as well as the community at large.