Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
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Lara-Curzio wins national Hispanic engineers award

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 17, 1997 — Dr. Edgar Lara-Curzio of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) recently received the award for Outstanding Technical Achievements at the 1997 Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference in Houston.

During the awards ceremony Secretary of Energy Fredrico Pena referred to Lara-Curzio as "a gifted scientist widely respected for his work in both experimental and theoretical research work with ceramic composite materials."

Lara-Curzio, one of the top Hispanic engineers in the United States, has worked for ORNL since 1992 and is a development staff member in the Metals & Ceramics Division. He is part of the High Temperature Materials Laboratory research staff, where he is serving as principal investigator for DOE's Continuous Fiber Ceramic Composites (CFCC) program.

A native of Mexico, Lara-Curzio holds a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from the Metropolitan University in Mexico City and a doctorate in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

Lara-Curzio is secretary for the American Society for Testing and Materials ceramic composites subcommittee and serves on several committees of other national standardization organizations.

He and his wife, Ivonne, live in Knoxville.

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