Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


ESD's Nyquist coordinates special DOE session

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sep. 30, 1996 — Dr. Jonathan Nyquist, a research staff member in the Environmental Sciences Division of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), recently coordinated a special session for DOE at the annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Symposium held in Orlando, Fla.

Nyquist also served as the DOE host of the organization's annual student aerial robotics competition. The goal of the competition is to encourage young engineers to pursue a career in unmanned vehicle design. Student teams from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Georgia Institute of Technology, The University of Texas, and other universities in the United States and abroad competed for the $10,000 prize in a field outside Disney's Epcot center.

The session, which drew a record 700 people, centered on DOE applications of unmanned aerial vehicles. The symposium's main attraction featured the largest display of unmanned vehicle technology in the world.

Earlier this year, Nyquist was named co-chair of the Publications Committee for the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society and was selected to serve on the editorial board of Geotimes, a geoscience publication.

Nyquist started in the Health Sciences Division of ORNL in 1986 and moved to the Environmental Sciences Division in 1991. His research focuses on the application of geophysics to environmental site characterization. He is developing techniques to use remotely controlled planes to carry new types of geophysical sensors for the purpose of characterizing land areas.

Nyquist received his bachelor's degree in physics from Macalester (Minn.) College, a master's degree in physics from the University of Maryland and a doctorate in geophysics from the University of Wisconsin.

Nyquist is affiliated with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the National Groundwater Association, the International Association of Mathematical Geologists and the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

Nyquist, his wife, Laura Toran, and daughters, Katie and Megan, reside in Oak Ridge.

ORNL, one of DOE's multiprogram national research and development facilities, is managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation.