May 2000


Lynne Parker keeps Lab’s string of Presidential Early Career winners going

The Computer Science and Mathematics Division’s Lynne Parker is one of five recipients of the fourth annual Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, presented April 12 at the White House.

Lynne Parker
Parker, a group leader in computational intelligence, was recognized for her research in cooperative robotics “as a shining example to future generations of researchers—the best of the group of scientists and engineers who will be responsible for America’s 21st century greatness.”

The Presidential Early Career Awards program was established by President Clinton in 1996 to encourage and recognize the work of the nation’s young scientists and engineers in the 21st century. Past PECASE winners from ORNL are Phil Jardine and Michael Smith in 1996; David Dean and David Newman in 1997 and James Lee and Tony Mezzacappa in 1998.

“We honor with these awards, but moreover, we look to your futures, bright and expansive, for continued enlightenment, leadership and service to society,” said Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson in presenting the awards to Parker and the other recipients.

ORNL Director Bill Madia praised Parker for her efforts that led to earning the award.

“This is a tremendous honor for Lynne Parker and for Oak Ridge National Laboratory,” Madia said. Lynne’s award is an example of the type of work that has made Oak Ridge National Laboratory a world-renowned research institution.”