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Cummings receives 1998 Research Achievement Award

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 30, 1998 — Dr. Peter T. Cummings, Distinguished Scientist in the Chemical Technology Division at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), will receive the 1998 Research Achievement Award from the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

The award is presented for outstanding achievement in research. Cummings is a leader in the use of molecular-based approaches to the fundamental study of fluids. He has revolutionized these fields through his research on molecular simulations of the structure of supercritical aqueous solutions and on the rheology of linear and branched alkanes.

Since 1994, Cummings has been in a joint appointment as the Distinguished Scientist in the Chemical Technology Division at ORNL and as Distinguished Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Tennessee.

Cummings received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He holds his doctorate in applied mathematics from the University of Melbourne.

He was awarded the Lockheed Martin Technical Achievement Award for Publications in 1997. He received the University of Virginia President and Board of Visitors Prize for research in the life sciences in 1996.

He lives in Oak Ridge with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Agatha Anne and Calvin Thomas.

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