Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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


ORNL researcher earns medal

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 27, 1997 — Robert W. Swindeman of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) was recently awarded the 1997 Pressure Vessel and Piping Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

The medal is presented annually to one person for outstanding contributions in the field of pressure vessel piping technology, and includes a $1,000 honorarium.

Swindeman, a member of the senior research staff of the Metals and Ceramics Division, began his career at ORNL in 1957 as a metallurgical engineer. He has contributed almost 40 years to the knowledge of elevated temperature behavior of piping and pressure vessel materials. During the past 12 years, Swindeman has assisted in the management of alloy evaluation programs for power plants and the research and development of new pressure vessel piping materials for industrial applications.

Swindeman is a fellow of the American Society for Testing and Materials, the American Society for Metals and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in metallurgical engineering from he University of Notre Dame.

He and his wife, Adrienne, live in Oak Ridge. They have three children, Catherine, John, and Michael.

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