For his internationally recognized leadership in neutron diffraction and crystallography, his role in developing new diffraction facilities at both the High Flux Isotope Reactor and the Spallation Neutron Source, and his leadership of high-impact research programs in high-temperature superconductivity and thermoelectrics; for outstanding mentorship of many early career staff members; and for his representation of ORNL as a fellow in numerous professional societies.
For his innovative contributions to many facets of biofuel sciences focused on lowering costs across the fuel and bioproduct production life cycle, including breakthroughs in fermentation, bioproduct formation, bioprocessing, catalysis, and recalcitrance minimization; for his service (2011–2017) as the scientific coordinator for the BioEnergy Science Center based at ORNL; and for his representation of ORNL as a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) and Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology and his service on the AIChE’s Society for Biological Engineering board of directors.
For research that has revolutionized the field of scanning probe microscopy, breaking new ground in atom-scale nanofabrication by combining scanning transmission electron microscopy with artificial intelligence and machine learning methods, and for his representation of ORNL as a fellow in numerous professional societies.
For research that has revolutionized the design of epitaxial complex oxide thin films and heterostructures that deliver novel properties and functionality for a wide array of applications in energy; for his leadership of the Quantum Heterostructures Group in ORNL’s Materials Science and Technology Division; for his central role in the expanding the landscape of the National Quantum Initiative; for his representation of ORNL as a fellow of the American Physical Society; and for his outstanding reputation as a mentor.
For developing innovative, transformative architectures and software for high-performance computing that have been integral in the deployment and exploitation of the world’s most powerful extreme-scale, energy-efficient, productive high-performance computing systems for science; for his leadership of the Future Technologies Group in ORNL’s Computer Science and Mathematics Division; and for his representation of ORNL as a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Distinguished Scientist Member of the Association for Computing Machinery.
Since 2001, Mike Simpson has been a group leader for the Nanofabrication Research Laboratory and theme leader in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences. His research focus includes noise biology, nano-enabled synthetic biology and controlled synthesis and directed assembly of carbon nanostructures.
Jerry is recognized for distinguished research on the genetic basis of tree growth and development, including leading the international efforts to sequence, assemble, and annotate the genomes of poplar and eucalyptus bioenergy feedstocks.
For environmental-effects research related to energy technologies and their use, focusing on the impacts of climate and atmospheric changes on the physiology, growth, and biogeochemical cycles of North American forest ecosystems.
For pioneering research and development of new materials for advanced energy technologies, including materials for (a) the storage of nuclear waste, (b) the solid-state generation of electrical power directly from heat, and (c) the lossless transport of electricity.
For innovative research in nuclear structure physics, particularly in areas leading to a quantitative understanding of the excitation and decay of the elementary collective modes of nuclei, and for vision and scientific and technical leadership in building the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility into a forefront laboratory for nuclear science.