OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 23, 2016 – Claus Daniel, materials scientist and deputy director of the Sustainable Transportation program at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, delivered a Gilbreth Lecture at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) annual meeting, held February 11 in Irvine, Calif.
Daniel was selected for the Gilbreth Lectureship "in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of materials science and presentation of his lecture on the challenges of manufacturing lithium ion batteries." The lectureships are named in honor of Lillian Gilbreth, a pioneer in the field of human factors and the first woman elected to the NAE in 1965.
Daniel, in his talk titled, "Lithium Ion Batteries and Their Manufacturing Challenges," described current and future trends in battery research and sustainable transportation. The lecture included discussion on bridging the gap between novel materials discovery and potentials in large-scale manufacturing, as well as opportunities for self-driving vehicles.
In addition to leading ORNL’s Sustainable Transportation Program, Daniel is the founding director of DOE’s Battery Manufacturing R&D Facility at ORNL. He holds a joint faculty appointment with the University of Tennessee’s Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education. Daniel came to ORNL under a Eugene P. Wigner Fellowship in 2005.
The Gilbreth Lectures were established in 2001 by the NAE in recognition and celebration of outstanding young American engineers. This year's session was in honor of NAE Home Secretary Thomas Budinger.
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