Researchers and engineers at ORNL have won eight coveted R&D 100 Awards, presented each year by R&D Magazine in recognition of the year's most significant technological innovations. The competition for the awards includes national laboratories, universities and private industry.
With its total number of awards at 148, ORNL has won more R&D awards than any other DOE laboratory.
ORNL researchers received recognition in 2008 for the following inventions:
Alumina-forming austenitic stainless steels - invented and submitted by a team led by Michael Brady of ORNL's Material Science and Technology Division.
Artificial Retina - submitted jointly by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, University of Southern California, California Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, the University of California at Santa Cruz and Second Sight® Medical Products.
Fire-resistant phase change material - developed and submitted jointly by Jan Kosny of the Energy and Transportation Science Division at ORNL, Tim Riazzi of Microtek Laboratories and Doug Leurthold of Advanced Fiber Technology.
Mass-Independent Kinetic-Energy-Reducing Inlet System for Mass Spectrometers - developed and submitted by Peter Reilly of ORNL's Chemical Sciences Division.
Methodology for Estimating the Life of Power Line Conductor-Connector Systems Operating at High Temperatures - invented by Jy-An John Wang of ORNL's Materials Science and Technology Division, Edgar Lara-Curzio of the Materials Science and Technology Division, Thomas King Jr. of the Energy Efficiency and Electricity Technologies Program and submitted by John Chan of the Electric Power Research Institute, Joe Graziano of the Tennessee Valley Authority and Tip Goodwin III of PBSJ Corporation.
PulseForge 3100 - submitted jointly by Stan Farnsworth of NovaCentrix and a team led by Chad Duty of ORNL's Materials Science and Technology Division.
Superconducting "Wires" by Epitaxial Growth on SSIFFS (Structural, Single-Crystal, Faceted, Fibers) - invented and submitted by Amit Goyal of ORNL's Materials Science and Technology Division.
Thermomagnetic processing technology - developed and submitted jointly by Gerard Ludtka of ORNL's Materials Science and Technology Division, Aquil Ahmed of Eaton, Aashish Chourey of American Magnetics and Ronald Akers of Ajax TOCCO Magnethermic.
Gary A. Baker has received the Young Independent Scientist Award and the Presidential Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Jeff Bielicki, Brian Egle, Chad Parish and Wyatt Tenhaeff have been awarded Alvin M. Weinberg fellowships by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Gregory R. Hansen has been recognized as a Distinguished Inventor by Battelle Memorial Institute.
UT-Battelle has received the Mentor of the Year Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.
Louis K. Mansur has received the Mishima Award from the American Nuclear Society for his international leadership in understanding fundamental mechanisms of radiation effects in materials.
Sharon Robinson has received the Robert E. Wilson Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She has also been elected a Fellow of that organization.
James Bentley has been elected a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America.
Craig Blue has been elected a Fellow of the American Society for Metals International.
Amit Goyal has been elected a Fellow of the World Technology Network and has also qualified as a Finalist for the organization's World Technology Network Award in the Materials category.
Hua-Tay Lin has been elected Secretary of the Publication Committee of the Journal of Materials Engineering. Lin has also been awarded the Lee Hsun Lecture Award by the Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science and the Institute of Metal Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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