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SCRA Presents Three Knowledge Economist Awards at Aiken Chamber of Commerce Meeting
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SCRA's Bill Mahoney (left) presents the Knowledge Economist Award to SRNL's Dr. Ted MotykaAIKEN, S.C. (February 5, 2010) – SCRA presented its Knowledge Economist Award to Dr. Susan Winsor, Dr. Susan Wood, and Dr. Ted Motyka for their contributions to knowledge‐based economic development in South Carolina. The awards ceremony was conducted as part of the Aiken Chamber of Commerce First Friday Breakfast Meeting this morning.

Recognized first was Dr. Susan Winsor. As President of Aiken Technical College, Dr. Winsor provides opportunities for employment and further education for the College's graduates. Dr. Winsor has continued to demonstrate great leadership in creating educational programs that address cutting edge technologies and careers in emerging technology sectors. Most recently, Dr. Winsor led the College to partner with the Center for Hydrogen Research and create a Hydrogen Technology Learning Lab. The College's students are now able to gain competence in understanding and maintaining integrated hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell systems with state of the art lab equipment under the instruction of qualified faculty. Dr. Winsor has also sought to strengthen the College's expertise in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell systems by creating a collaboration with Texas State Technical College to further hydrogen technology courses and engage middle and high school students through a National Science Foundation grant. Her leadership is strengthening South Carolina's technology workforce both for today and for the future.

Also receiving an award was Dr. Susan Wood. Dr. Wood retired from the position of Director of the Savannah River Technology Center in 2002 after holding this position for more than eight years. During her tenure, her leadership placed the Technology Center on the path to achieve national laboratory status from the U.S. Department of Energy. She is today an active member of the Aiken and South Carolina technology community. Serving on boards such as Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA), SCRA, and the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, Dr. Wood continues to advocate the promise of technology and support the programs that are bringing technology applications and resulting economic benefits to the citizens of South Carolina.

Lastly, Dr. Ted Motyka was recognized for his work at the Savannah River Site since 1980. He is currently the Hydrogen Program Manager for the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). Dr. Motyka is an expert in hydrogen technology for use in defense as well as civilian energy application. His accomplishments include winning a U.S. Department of Energy Center of Excellence in Hydrogen Storage Engineering for SRNL, receiving one of the first SRNL Strategic Laboratory Directed Research and Development Awards, and development of collaborations with Toyota, GM, and other leading corporations to further explore hydrogen as an energy source. Dr. Motyka played a key role in the creation of the SRNL Hydrogen Technology Research Laboratory and is making great strides in realizing the applications that hydrogen technology can bring.

"Aiken offers tremendous talent and opportunity for the alternative, renewable, and sustainable energy segments of the knowledge economy we are building in South Carolina," said Bill Mahoney, SCRA CEO. "Drs. Winsor, Wood, and Motyka are remarkable examples of the expertise and dedication that individuals commit to improving technology and our economy. They have made significant impact in the Aiken area, across the state and nationally, and we are honored to have the opportunity to acknowledge their work."

SCRA is working to support the development of the knowledge economy in the Aiken area through commercialization of technologies from research centers, such as the Savannah River National Laboratory, and to support the growth of companies already established in the area.

Two SC Launch companies are located in this region and receive development support from the program. AmbioPharm, a peptide manufacturing company in North Augusta, is an SC Launch company that is currently looking for additional venture funding. Climax Global Energy is an SC Launch portfolio company located in Allendale County and has technology that converts plastics, used oil, and forestry by‐products into oil. The company is in production and plans to expand operations. SC Launch is providing support services to this company for expansion.

Media contact: Will Callicott (803-725-3786 or or Angeline French (803-725-2854 or at SRNL.

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