SRNL Recognition - September 2009 to August 2010
Dr. Ragaiy Zidan was honored by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for research that is expected to accelerate the development of a whole class of hydrogen storage materials. He was presented the DOE Hydrogen Program Team Award at its Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting for hydrogen, fuel cells and advanced vehicle technologies including batteries and related research.
Dr. Zidan was honored for his contributions in developing electrochemical methods for alane regeneration. He was lead researcher on an SRNL project team that developed a novel closed cycle for producing the high capacity hydrogen storage material. An electrochemical cycle demonstrated by Dr. Zidan and the SRNL team for production of alane avoids issues that had hindered its development as a storage material, and provides an innovative promising option for further research and development.
Curt Sexton of SRNL assumed the presidency of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society (ASGS) at the Society’s annual Symposium in July 2010 in San Antonio, TX. Mr. Sexton will serve a one year term as the ASGS National President. From June 2009- June 2010, he had served as president-elect of the Society and had served four years as Director of the Southeastern Section of the Society.
Dr. Mary Harris assumed the presidency of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Division of Environmental Geosciences (DEG) on July 1. 2010. Dr. Harris will serve a one year term as the DEG President. From July 2009 she served as president-elect for DEG and in 2008 she was the Vice-President of DEG. Dr. Harris has been a member of the AAPG since 1984 and a charter member of DEG when the division was formed in 1982.
A member of SRNL's National and Homeland Security staff was one of about a half dozen people from across the DOE Laboratory complex presented a Special Act Award by Bruce Held, the Director of DOE's Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. The award recognized the employee's vital analytical skills in support of a national-level, highly sensitive, analytical effort that provided analysis for the President, the White House, the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy, and other senior level U.S. Government policymakers.
Dr. George Wicks has been chosen to receive the 2010 South Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research. The award, sponsored by the Governor’s Office and the South Carolina Academy of Science, is presented each year to an individual or team whose achievements and contributions to science in South Carolina merit special recognition.
In a congratulatory letter to Dr. Wicks, Governor Mark Sanford said, “Your contributions … have had a far reaching impact, not only on the state but also the nation and the world.” In his 35-plus years at SRNL, he has been involved in many areas of materials science, physics and chemistry, making major contributions in programs such as the treatment of high level radioactive wastes, environmental remediation, sensor development, corrosion of materials, hydrogen storage systems, nuclear disarmament activities, chemical and biological agents, and a variety of new medical initiatives.
Dr. Wicks was recognized, along with the winners of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Awareness and the Governor’s Young Scientist Award, at a special ceremony in April in conjunction with the South Carolina Academy of Science’s annual meeting.
Dan Lambert of the Savannah River National Laboratory was elected to Fellow in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2009. Mr. Lambert is a nationally recognized authority in the areas of nuclear chemical processing, catalytic hydrogen generation and antifoam technology. He is highly regarded by his peers and customers across the DOE complex for his expertise in both chemical process engineering and development of the antifoam technology used within the Savannah River Site Defense Waste Processing Facility. Mr. Lambert has mentored and trained a significant number of colleagues who went on to develop careers within the nuclear chemical engineering community both here at SRS and within industry.
Dr. Ted Motyka was awarded SCRA’s Knowledge Economist Award for his contributions to knowledge-based economic development in South Carolina. The award recognized his work in hydrogen technology, including the development of collaborations with Toyota, GM, and other leading corporations to further explore hydrogen as an energy source.
Dr. Alfred J. Garrett was awarded the 2009 Fred C. Davison Distinguished Scientist Award by the Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness. Over the course of his career at Savannah River, Dr. Garrett has provided sound technological solutions to a wide array of problems, ranging from reactor safety and emergency response to remote sensing and nonproliferation. He is a nationally recognized technical and scientific expert in remote sensing, with a focus on developing and applying models for data exploitation in relation to nonproliferation applications. Dr. Garrett was honored at the CNTA's annual Edward Teller Lecture/Banquet on November 12.
Dr. Joette Sonnenberg, SRNL Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Security, was named a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management at their annual conference in October 2009. Fellows represent less than 5 percent of the total membership and are those individuals recognized as having demonstrated distinguishing service and contributions to the society.
Connie C. Herman of SRNL has been selected as a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). Elevation to the grade of Fellow recognizes outstanding contributions to the ceramic arts or sciences. Newly elevated Fellows were recognized at the ACerS 111th Annual Meeting held in conjunction with Materials Science &Technology ‘09 in October 2009.
Dr. George Wicks has been selected to receive the American Ceramic Society/Nuclear & Environmental Technology Division's D.T. Rankin award for 2009. This award is in memory of Tom Rankin of SRNL, a long time member of the Division who served as Chair and Trustee for a number of years. The award is presented yearly to a member of the division who demonstrated exemplary service and leadership to the division. It was presented at the Annual Meeting in October 2009.
Dr. Don Anton was elected Fellow of ASM International, the professional organization of the materials science and engineering profession. ASM established the Fellow of the Society honor in 1969 to provide recognition to members for distinguished contributions to materials science and engineering and to develop a broadly based forum of technical and professional leaders to serve as advisors to the society. Dr. Anton was selected for his significant and sustained contributions to materials science and technology in the areas of fatigue, superalloys, intermetallics and hydrogen storage materials and systems. The award was presented at the ASM Awards Dinner at the Materials Science & Technology Conference ’09 Conference in October.
Dr. Si Young Lee was elected an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow by the ASME Fellows Review Committee. Fellow Grade, the highest elected grade of membership within ASME, recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering professions. Founded in 1880, ASME enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. Dr. Lee has been invited to the newly-elected fellow reception ceremony during 2009 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in November.
Dr. George Wicks was selected to receive the Distinguished Life Member award from Alpha Sigma Mu International Honorary Society for Materials Science & Engineering. The Distinguished Life Member award, Alpha Sigma Mu’s highest honor, is granted to an individual who has served the materials community and/or Alpha Sigma Mu over a long career and established an international recognition for his/her service. The award is conferred upon those select few whose technical attainment and contributions to society through leadership in the field of materials science and engineering have resulted in significant benefits to mankind. The award was presented at the Materials Science & Technology Conference ’09 Conference in October.
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