U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Vehicle Technologies Office
Other Awards and Recognition
DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and Vehicle Technologies Office Award (Argonne National Laboratory). Dr. Jim Miller of Argonne National Laboratory received the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and Vehicle Technologies Office Award, presented jointly by EERE's Vehicle Technologies and Fuel Cell Technologies programs, for his support and leadership over the last two decades across both programs. Beginning in the early 1990s, Dr. Miller was the lead of the Fuel Cells for Transportation Program at Argonne National Laboratory, in direct support of the EERE's program that had just begun. He led the Electrochemical Technology R&D at Argonne (including fuel cell and battery research) for more than 15 years. During his tenure, Dr. Miller provided technical management of the project to build the first DOE-sponsored fuel cell vehicles, convincingly demonstrating the feasibility of using fuel cells to power real-world vehicles operating on methanol. He also worked with DOE program managers to bring the US OEMs into the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) and, subsequently, the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership, which led to the development and demonstration of prototype fuel cell passenger cars by each of the Detroit "Big Three." He has spent his entire professional career at Argonne, starting as a Post-Doctoral Appointee conducting basic research on hydrogen in metals and metal hydrides, and then progressing to management of Argonne's various research projects in support of DOE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells R&D Program Plans. Dr. Miller is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications and conference presentations on hydrogen and fuel cells and advanced energy storage topics.
Yeager Award, International Battery Association (Argonne National Labopratory). Dr. Michael Thackeray, Director of the Center for Electrical Energy Storage (CEES, a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center) and Argonne National Laboratory Distinguished Fellow, received the 2011 Yeager Award from the International Battery Association, for Outstanding Career-Long Achievements in Lithium Battery Electrode Materials Research and Development, especially related to Manganese-Oxide Cathodes. Thackeray's research has focused on the structural and electrochemical characterization of silver-iodide-based solid electrolytes and the compositional and structural design of several transition-metal oxides, particularly manganese oxides, for rechargeable lithium battery applications. He also spearheaded the research into a new class of intermetallic negative electrodes that operate by reversible lithium insertion/metal displacement reactions. At CEES, Thackeray and his colleagues at Argonne, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign strive to obtain an understanding of lithium battery systems; the effort draws on the expertise at the three institutions, not only in materials synthesis and design but also theoretical chemistry and physics, computation, and materials characterization.
Annual Combustion Symposium Distinguished Paper Award (Sandia National Laboratories) Joe Oefelein, Vaidyanathan Sankaran, and Tomasz Drozda of Sandia National Laboratories received a Distinguished Paper Award for their presentation at the 31st Annual Combustion Symposium in Heidelberg, Germany in August 2006. Their paper, "Large Eddy Simulation of Swirling Particle Laden Flow in a Model Axisymmetric Combustor" focused on the application of the Large Eddy Simulation (LES) technique to a swirling particle-laden flow in a model combustion chamber. Their results highlighted the accuracy of the subgrid-scale model used for spray dispersion and the predictive capabilities of LES when implemented with the appropriate numerics, grid resolution, and well-defined boundary conditions.
Bernard Lewis Gold Medal (Sandia National Laboratories) Jim Miller of Sandia National Laboratories' Combustion Research Facility (CRF) received The Combustion Institute's Bernard Lewis Gold Medal for "brilliant reserach in the field of combustion, particularly on the theory and modeling of combustion chemistry." The award was presented in August during the Institute's 31st International Combustion Symposium in Heidelberg, Germany. Miller is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the American Chemical Society, and a member of The Combustion Institute. A member of the CRF's founding staff in 1980, Miller has held the title of "Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff" since 1989. Together with Bob Kee, who is now at the Colorado School of Mines, Miller developed CHEMKIN, the industry standard for chemical kinetic modeling in combustion. A Festschrift (celebration publication) of The Journal of Physical Chemistry A will be issued in Miller's honor early in 2007.
SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award (Sandia National Laboratories) John Dec of Sandia National Laboratories received an Excellence in Oral Presentation Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) for his presentation on Thermal Stratification in Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) Engines at the SAE International Congress in September. Dec and fellow Sandian Dennis Siebers were also recognized by SAE for organizing the 3rd SAE International Symposium on HCCI Engine Combustion in September as well as a laboratory tour for attendees at Sandia's Combustion Research Facility.
SAE Fellow (Sandia National Laboratories). Paul Miller of Sandia National Laboratories was elected a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He has been a member of the engines group at Sandia's Combustion Research Facility for 13 years. The rank of SAE Fellow recognizes outstanding engineering and scientific accomplishments by an individual that have resulted in meaningful advances in automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicle technology. The program recognizes an average of only 20 Fellows each year.
SAE International Environmental Excellence in Transportation (E2T) Award Runner-Up (Argonne National Laboratory). Michael Wang of Argonne National Laboratory was honored as a runner-up in the "New Methods and Tools" category of the prestigious Society of Automotive Engineers' (SAE's) International Environmental Excellence in Transportation (E2T) Awards. Wang, of Argonne's Center for Transportation Research, received the award for his development of Argonne's GREET software tool, which is used to evaluate the energy and emission impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new fuels. Since its release, GREET has become a familiar and respected analytical tool, with more than 3,000 registered users worldwide among governmental agencies, automotive companies, energy companies, universities and research institutions, and non-governmental organizations. The E2T awards, established in 2000, recognize individuals who contribute significant innovations — in education, new methods and tools, energy and emissions, recycling and remanufacturing, process innovations, materials development, and noise management — to reduce the environmental impact caused by the transportation industry.
American Physical Society Fellow (Sandia National Laboratories). Jim Miller of Sandia National Laboratories' Combustion Research Facility (CRF) has been selected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) "for advances in the theoretical chemistry of combustion processes." Miller has worked at Sandia since 1974 and was an original developer of CHEMKIN (with Bob Kee). He received the Silver Medal from the Combustion Institute in 1990 for theoretical work on the extinction of opposed-flow premixed flames. However, Miller is best known for his work on the nitrogen chemistry of combustion and the gas-phase chemistry leading to soot formation. His paper "Mechanism and Modeling of Nitrogen Chemistry in Combustion" (J.A. Miller and C.T. Bowman, Prog. Energy Combust. Sci. 15, 287–338 ) just passed 1,000 citations and is the most-cited paper ever to appear in a combustion journal. Miller's 1992 paper "Kinetic and Thermodynamic Issues in the Formation of Aromatic Compounds in Flames of Aliphatic Fuels" (J.A. Miller and C.F. Melius, Combust. Flame 91, 21–39) is the most-cited paper to have appeared in the journal Combustion and Flame.
DOE Hydrogen Program Award for Excellence in R&D (Argonne National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and others). Marianne Mintz and Michael Wang of Argonne National Laboratory; Margaret Mann, Johanna Levene, and Matthew Ringer of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Marylynn Placet of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Mike Rutkowski of Parsons Engineering; Steven Lasher and Kurt Roth of TIAX; Brian James of Directed Technologies, Inc.; Dan Mears of Technology Insights; and Joan Ogden of the University of California, Davis, received the 2005 Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen Program Award for Excellence in R&D in May. The team of scientists and engineers was recognized for advancing the analysis capabilities of hydrogen production and distribution. Their efforts resulted in an H2A model that provides a clear and transparent methodology, enabling DOE to evaluate various technology options for producing and delivering hydrogen and make decisions in an unbiased manner.
Electrochemical Society Battery Division Research Award (Argonne National Laboratory). Michael Thackeray of Argonne National Laboratory received the 2005 Research Award of the Battery Division of the Electrochemical Society. The award was established in 1958 to recognize outstanding contributions to the science and technology of primary and secondary cells and batteries and fuel cells. Thackeray's research has focused on the structural and electrochemical characterization of silver-iodide-based solid electrolytes, and the compositional and structural design of several transition-metal oxides, particularly manganese oxides, for rechargeable lithium battery applications. He has also spearheaded the research of a new class of intermetallic negative electrodes that operate by reversible lithium insertion/metal displacement reactions. Thackeray has more than 160 research publications and holds 24 patents, some of which have led to the international commercialization of battery materials.
JANNAF Award for Best Paper (Sandia National Laboratories). Rich Behrens and Sean Maharrey of Sandia National Laboratories' Combustion Research Facility (CRF) have received a best paper award from the Joint Army, Navy, NASA, Air Force (JANNAF) Combustion Subcommittee/Propulsion Systems Hazards Subcommittee. The paper, "Reaction Kinetics of RDX in the Condensed Phase," describes the development of a mathematical model of the reaction processes that control the thermal decomposition of RDX in the liquid phase. JANNAF is an organization focused on technical work related to chemical propulsion.
NASA Turning Goals into Reality Award (Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, Goodrich Corporation, Solar Turbines Inc., and United Technology). Bill Ellingson (Argonne National Laboratory), Karren More and Peter Tortorelli (Oak Ridge National Laboratory); Debbie Haught, Patricia Hoffman, Merrill Smith, and Steve Waslo (U.S. Department of Energy); David Brewer, Anthony Calomino, and Jim DiCarlo (NASA), Roberta Hines (Goodrich Corporation); Mark van Roode (Solar Turbines Inc.); and Gary Linsey (United Technology) received the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Turning Goals into Reality Award for their work on ceramic composite components. The award celebrates the year's most significant accomplishments that add to the NASA legacy and honors recipients for their contributions to the advancement of aviation and space technology. The team developed nondestructive inspection methods and protocols for ceramic engine components. These inspections, called health or condition monitoring, can help determine whether these components, which can cost $100,000 per part, are still functioning properly or if they need to be repaired or replaced.
SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award (Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory). Sandia National Laboratories researchers Chuck Mueller, Lyle Pickett, Glen Martin, and Dennis Siebers, together with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers Bill Pitz and Charlie Westbrook, received the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Arch T. Colwell Merit Award for best paper for "Effects of Oxygenates on Soot Processes in DI Diesel Engines: Experiments and Numerical Simulations." The award, which recognizes authors of papers of outstanding professional or technical merit, is given to less than 1% of SAE papers annually.
SAE Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation (Argonne National Laboratory). Kyeong Lee of Argonne National Laboratory received the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Excellence in Oral Presentation Award for his presentation entitled, "Effects of Exhaust System Components on Diesel Particulate Morphology for a Light-Duty Diesel Engine." The presentation, delivered at the 2005 SAE World Congress, addressed the detailed morphological properties of diesel particulate matter analyzed along the exhaust system at various engine operating conditions. Lee discussed his work using Argonne's unique thermophoretic sampling system, which incorporates a high-resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) and customized image processing/data capability for collecting particulate matter, subsequent imaging of particle morphology, and detailed analysis of particle dimensions and fractal geometry, respectively. The supporting paper, co-authored with Jinyu Zhu, formerly of Argonne, is SAE document number 2005-01-0184.
SAE Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation (Sandia National Laboratories). Cherian Idicheria of Sandia National Laboratories won a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) award for Excellence in Presentation for his paper entitled, "Soot Formation in Diesel Combustion under High-EGR Conditions" presented at the SAE Powertrain and Fluid Systems Conference and Exhibition in October 2005.
SAE Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation (Sandia National Laboratories). Lyle Pickett of Sandia National Laboratories won a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) award for Excellence in Presentation for his paper entitled, "Relationship Between Ignition Processes and the Lift-off Length of Diesel Fuel Jets" presented at the SAE Powertrain and Fluid Systems Conference and Exhibition in October 2005.
SAE Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation (Sandia National Laboratories). Pete Witze of Sandia National Laboratories won a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) award for Excellence in Presentation for his paper entitled, "Comparison of Single- and Dual-Spray Fuel Injectors During Cold Start of a PFI Spark Ignition Engine Using Visualization of Liquid Fuel Films and Pool Fires" presented at the SAE Powertrain and Fluid Systems Conference and Exhibition in October 2005. This was Witze's fifth such award.
SAE Barry D. McNutt Award for Excellence in Automotive Policy Analysis (Argonne National Laboratory). Steve Plotkin of Argonne's Center for Transportation Research is the winner of the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) Barry D. McNutt Award, which recognizes the importance of sound policy analysis and inspires members of the mobility community in government, industry and elsewhere to strive for excellence. Plotkin received the award for work focusing on advanced automotive technology, greenhouse gas reduction strategies, and automotive fuel economy policy. He was one of the principal investigators on the joint Department of Energy-Natural Resources Canada study on fuel economy standards, and is a consultant to the National Research Council's study on the effectiveness and impact of Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. He will be a lead author on the forthcoming Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chapter on mitigating greenhouse gas emission from the transportation sector.
SAE Lloyd L. Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award (Sandia National Laboratories). Chuck Mueller of Sandia National Laboratories' Combustion Research Facility was among the eight recipients of the 2005 Lloyd L. Withrow Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The award recognizes individuals who have received SAE's Oral Presentation Award more than twice. It honors the late Lloyd L. Withrow, former head of General Motors Research Laboratories Fuels and Lubricants Department, and a noted speaker at many SAE meetings. Mueller has been a staff member in the Engine Combustion Department since 1996, performing research in the areas of optical combustion, diagnostics, and fuel effects on advanced compression-ignition combustion processes.
SAE Russell S. Springer Award (Sandia National Laboratories). Lyle Pickett of Sandia National Laboratories won the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Russell S. Springer Award for best paper for "Fuel Effects on Soot Processes of Fuel Jets at DI Diesel Conditions," coauthored with Sandia's Dennis Siebers. The award is given annually to the lead author of an original and outstanding technical paper by a younger SAE member.
South African Science Park Street Naming (Argonne National Laboratory.) Michael Thackeray of Argonne National laboratory's Chemical Engineering Division was recently honored as one of 11 notable South African scientists and innovators to have streets named after them in Pretoria's new Innovation Hub science park. A native of South Africa, Thackeray was honored for his work with electrode materials for lithium batteries used to power objects such as cellular phones, conducted when he worked for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Fellow honorees included Thackeray's CSIR colleague Johan Coetzer, four South African Nobel Prize winners, two astronauts, and South Africa's first civilian to fly into space.
Transportation Research Board Barry McNutt Award (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). David L. Greene, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) corporate fellow in the Transportation Policy and Planning Group, Engineering Science and Technology Division, along with the University of Tennessee's Janet L. Hopson and Jia (Lisa) Li, received the Barry McNutt Award from the Transportation Research Board, Transportation Energy and Alternative Fuels Committees, for their paper "Running Out Of and Into Oil: Analyzing Global Oil Depletion and Transition Through 2050." The award, given annually by the Energy and Alternative Fuels Committees of the TRB, is named for Barry McNutt, who during his 35 years of transportation and energy policy analysis made major contributions to national energy and environmental policies for transportation. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of efficient and effective federal policies related to the automotive sector.
USCAR Special Recognition Award (Sandia National Laboratories). Dennis Siebers of Sandia National Laboratories' Combustion Research Facility (CRF) recently received a special recognition award from the U.S. Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) for his contributions to the FreedomCAR Advanced Combustion and Emissions Control Technical Team. Siebers, who manages the CRF's Engine Combustion Department, led the development of the team's technical roadmap defining future plans for combustion and emission control research, and researched and benchmarked the state-of-the-art for engine efficiency for both hydrocarbon and hydrogen fuels. He also serves as technical coordinator for the Advanced Engine Combustion (AEC) Working Group, a partnership involving 10 automotive and heavy-duty diesel engine manufacturers and five national laboratories.
American Ceramic Society Award for Best Presentation (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory). Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) researchers Mark Stewart, Dave Rector, George Muntean, and Gary Maupin won first place in the American Ceramic Society's Best Presentation Contest for their paper entitled, "A Mechanistic Model for Particle Deposition in Diesel Particulate Filters Using the Lattice-Boltzmann Technique." The paper and award were presented at the 2004 American Ceramic Society (ACerS) Meeting in Cocoa Beach, FL. Nearly 200 papers were presented at this meeting, which is the key yearly venue for ACerS research. The paper outlined the unique application of nano-scale modeling approaches to the problem of efficient soot filtration in advanced combustion engines. This work was supported by the Cross-Cut Lean Exhaust Emissions Reduction Simulations (CLEERS) project within the PNNL Engine and Emission Control Technologies Team.
ASME Award for Best Presentation (Argonne National Laboratory). Stephen Ciatti of Argonne National Laboratory received an award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for having given the best presentation at the 24th Conseil International des Machines a Combustion (CIMAC)/ASME World Congress on Combustion Engine Technology, in Kyoto, Japan, in June 2004. Ciatti accepted the award on behalf of himself and his colleagues, Chris Powell, Seong-Kyun Cheong, and Jinyuan Liu, and Michigan Technological University professor Franz X. Tanner. Their paper, "Comparison of X-Ray-Based Fuel Spray Measurements with Computer Simulation Using the CAB Model," pinpointed the reason for discrepancies that had arisen between Argonne's X-ray measurements of diesel fuel spray profiles and optical measurements made by other research groups.
SAE Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation (Argonne National Laboratory). Chris Powell of Argonne National Laboratory's Center for Transportation Research (CTR) recently received a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation for his talk on the effects of injector nozzle geometry on diesel fuel sprays at the June 2004 SAE Fuels and Lubricants Meeting and Exhibition in Toulouse, France. The talk presented the results of a collaboration between CTR researchers, who conducted experimental studies at Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source (APS), and fuel spray modeling researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who developed fuel-spray behavior predictions based on the geometries of the fuel injector nozzles used in the APS experiments.
SAE Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). Brian West of Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Fuels, Engines, Emissions Research Group received a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation for his talk entitled "Assessing Reductant Chemistry During In-cylinder Regeneration of Diesel Lean-NOx Traps," which he presented at the SAE 2004 Powertrain and Fluid Systems Conference in October.
SAE Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation (Sandia National Laboratories). Paul Miles of Sandia National Laboratories' Combustion Research Facility (CRF) won the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation for a presentation given at the March 2004 SAE International Congress and Exposition in Detroit, Michigan. Miles' presentation identified the dominant sources of in-cylinder turbulence production in a high-speed diesel engine, and clarified the influence of flow swirl on the various turbulence sources. This combined experimental and numerical study was a collaboration between Sandia, the University of Wisconsin, Wayne State University, and the University of Michigan.
SAE Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation (Sandia National Laboratories). Chuck Mueller of Sandia National Laboratories' Combustion Research Facility (CRF) received two Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Awards for Excellence in Oral Presentation for presentations given at the June 2004 SAE Fuels and Lubricants Meeting and Exhibition in Toulouse, France. One presentation described how dual-injection operating conditions that employ direct-injection homogeneous charge ignition combustion of diesel fuel affect in-cylinder processes and engine-out emissions. The second winning presentation, based on a collaboration between Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, described the use of carbon-14 isotope labeling and tracing to show how the molecular structure of a diesel oxygenate can influence its ability to lower engine-out emissions.
SAE Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation (Sandia National Laboratories). Pete Witze of Sandia National Laboratories' Combustion Research Facility (CRF) won the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Award for Excellence in Oral Presentation for a presentation given at the March 2004 SAE International Congress and Exposition in Detroit, Michigan. Witze's presentation on laser-induced incandescence (LII) measurements of diesel particulate emissions detailed results from a collaboration performed at the Ford Vehicle Emissions Research Laboratory comparing LII measurements with several other techniques for the light-duty Federal Test Procedure.
SAE Vincent Bendix Award (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, DaimlerChrysler, and University of Toledo). Ahmad Pesaran (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Thomas Stuart (University of Toledo), and Cyrus Ashtiani (DaimlerChrysler) received the Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award for the best paper at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2004 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan. DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office sponsored the work behind the paper, entitled "A Modular Battery Management System for HEVs."
SAMPE Outstanding Technical Paper (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). Felix Paulauskas, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Joseph Spruiell, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, co-authored the first-place winner in the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) 2004 Outstanding Technical Paper Awards. The paper, "Structure and Properties of Carbon Fibers Produced Using Microwave-Assisted Plasma Technology: Part I," was chosen from over 350 technical papers presented at the 2004 meeting. In announcing the winners, Dr. Scott Beckwith, SAMPE International Technical Director and committee selection member, noted "...the down-selection to 3 award winners this year was noticeably harder because we had such an overwhelming technical paper response and the quality of the papers was excellent."
Science Magazine Editor's Choice (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). Z. P. Lu, C. T. Liu, and W. D. Porter of Oak Ridge National Laboratory co-authored a paper chosen by Science magazine as an "Editor's Choice Highlight of the Recent Literature." The paper cites results from a collaborative project between DOE/FCVT's High Temperature Materials Laboratory and the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The paper, titled "Role of Yttrium in glass formation of Fe-based bulk metallic glasses," was published in Applied Physics Letters 83, 2581, in 2003. The citation appeared in the October 17, 2003, issue of Science.
Science Spectrum (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). Dr. Johney B. Green, Jr., was recognized as one of the "50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science" for 2004. The selection was based on his contributions to automotive research and his highly visible role as a minority scientist and role model to students and others. The "50 Most Important" are featured in the September edition of Science Spectrum magazine. Dr. Green is leader of ORNL's Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Group, which performs research to aid in the development of advanced engine, fuel, and emission-control technologies for both transportation and stationary power applications.
American Ceramic Society Fellow (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). Dr. Hua-Tay Lin of ORNL's Metals and Ceramics Division was named a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society. Dr. Lin is a principal investigator for projects in the Department of Energy's Heavy Vehicle Propulsion Materials Program. He is the 2003-2004 Chair of the Engineering Ceramics Division of the American Ceramic Society.
IPLAC Inventors of the Year (Argonne National Laboratory). Bassam Jody and Edward Daniels of Argonne National Laboratory's Center for Transportation Research and Joseph Libera (formerly of Argonne) were selected as the 2003 Inventors of the Year by the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) for the process they invented to recycle flexible polyurethane foam from auto shredder residue. IPLAC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to maintaining a high standard of professional ethics in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and associated fields of law.
SAE Outstanding Research Papers - Electronic and Electrical Systems (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Research Center had three papers selected to appear in the SAE 2002 Transactions Journal of Passenger Cars - Electronic and Electrical Systems. This journal consists of the collection of papers judged worthy of preserving in the permanent technical literature for long-term reference value by a panel of engineering experts. In total, the panel selected 113 papers from all technical research published in this field in 2002. The papers and authors are:
- Hsu, J. S., Franco-Ferreira, E. A., Coomer, C. L., and Jenkins, M. S. 2002. "A New Manufacturing Technology for Induction Machine Copper Rotors."
- Su, G. J., Adams, D. J., and Li, H. 2002. "A Soft-Switched DC/DC Converter for Fuel Cell Vehicle Applications."
- Tolbert, L. M., Ozpineci, B., Islam, S. K., and Peng, F. Z. 2002. "Impact of SiC Power Electronic Devices for Hybrid Electric Vehicles."
SAE Outstanding Research Paper - Engines (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). The research paper, "Resolving EGR Distribution and Mixing," was selected by the Society of Automotive Engineers as one of the most outstanding research papers of 2002 in its topical area. The paper is included in the SAE 2002 Transactions: Journal of Engines. The paper (SAE paper 2002-01-2882) was authored by W. P. Partridge and S. A. Lewis of Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and M. J. Ruth, G. G. Muntean, R. C. Smith, and J. H. Stang of Cummins, Inc. The paper reports the use of the SpaciMS — a spatially resolved, minimally invasive, capillary inlet mass spectrometer developed at ORNL — to quantify EGR/air mixing at the intake manifold inlet and ports.
SAE Outstanding Research Paper - Fuels and Lubricants (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). A paper resulting from a High Temperature Materials Laboratory user project with U.S. Chrome was selected by the Society of Automotive Engineers as one of the most outstanding research papers of 2002 in the fuels and lubricants area. It is included in the archival volume, SAE 2002 Transactions: Journal of Fuels and Lubricants. The title of the paper is "Tribological Characteristics of Electrolytic Coatings for Aluminum Engine Cylinder Lining Applications" (SAE Paper# 2002-01-0490) by A. Datta and J. D. Carpenter, U.S. Chrome; and R. D. Ott and P. J. Blau, ORNL.
Scientific American Top 50 Research Leader (Argonne National Laboratory). Khalil Amine has been named by Scientific American magazine as one of top 50 research leaders of 2003. The "Scientific American 50" are recognized for their outstanding leadership and capability in helping to make technology a constructive force for people and societies around the world. As head of the Technology Development group in the Battery Technology Department within Argonne's Chemical Engineering Division, Dr. Amine leads a team of scientists and engineers in the development of advanced lithium battery materials and cell chemistries for emerging applications. One important application is hybrid electric vehicles. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office, Amine's team has developed a high-power lithium manganese spinel-based cell chemistry that costs less than previous cell chemistries proposed for this use, and is safer. Battery work at Argonne is conducted under the Laboratory's Electrochemical Technology Program.
Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Fellow (Argonne National Laboratory). Ali Erdemir of Argonne's Energy Technology Division has been named a Fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). Last year, Erdemir received the Al Sonntag Award and the Allan A. Manteuffel Award from STLE's Chicago chapter for his development of a carbon coating that showed the lowest coefficient of friction (less than .001) when tested in a dry nitrogen atmosphere. Erdemir's Nanostructured Carbide Derived Carbon (CDC) coating technology, developed with colleagues at other institutions, also won a 2003 R&D 100 Award. His earlier work won R&D 100 Awards in 1991 and 1998, a Discover Magazine Award in 1998, and an Edmond E. Bisson Award in 1998.
American Ceramic Society A.W. Allen Award (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). Tim Kirkland of the Mechanical Characterization and Analysis Group and his co-authors from the Army Research Laboratories and PPG Glass Technology Center received the A.W. Allen Award, which is presented every two years to the finest published paper regarding refractories, for "Creep of CaO/SiO2 Containing MgO Refractories" in the Journal of Materials Science.
American Society for Testing and Materials Award of Merit (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). Edgar Lara-Curzio, group leader and senior research staff member of the Mechanical Characterization and Analysis Group, received the Award of Merit and the honorary title of Fellow.
Discover Magazine Innovation Award/Christopher Columbus Foundation Prize (Oak Ridge National Laboratory). Jonathan Woodward was named the 1997 Christopher Columbus Foundation Prize winner for the development of an enzymatic method for the production of hydrogen from abundant renewable sugar. Glucose — a sugar molecule — can be found in cellulose, starch and lactose, compounds found in old newspapers, cheese whey, grass clippings and other types of waste. Two enzymes, glucose dehydrogenase and hydrogenase, catalyze the oxidation of glucose and the generation of molecular hydrogen. Hydrogen can be used as a fuel without the generation of greenhouse gases, and when it burns, water and carbon dioxide are the only by-products.