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FLC selects four to receive award

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 10, 1998 — Four researchers from the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have been selected on behalf of the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) to receive an Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer for 1998.

They are Dr. Kenneth W. Tobin Jr., senior staff member and group leader of the Instrumentation and Controls Division (ICD), Shaun S. Gleason, research and development engineer, ICD; Thomas P. Karnowski, research and development engineer, ICD; and Stephen M. Killough, an engineer in the Robotics and Process Systems Division.

The FLC award recognizes federal laboratory employees who have done an outstanding job of transferring technology developed in the laboratory to partners in the private sector as well as government agencies. Tobin, Gleason and Karnowski received their awards for transferring Spatial Signature Analysis research to the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Killough received his award for his technology that enables a set of wheels to drive robotic platforms in an omnidirectional manner, which was transferred to the wheelchair industry for a prototype wheelchair that can be driven omnidirectionally.

Tobin began in 1987 as development staff member of what is currently the Engineering Technology Division before becoming ICD senior staff member and group leader in 1990 . He received his bachelor's degree in physics and his master's degree in nuclear engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Tobin holds a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Virginia. He, his wife, Catherine Marie, and children, Jacob and Emma, live in Harriman.

Gleason joined ICD in 1989. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, where he is a doctoral candidate. Gleason is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of Eta Kappa Nu. He and his wife, Caroline, and daughter, Palmer Elizabeth, live in Knoxville.

Karnowski has been in ICD seven years. He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee and his master's degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. Karnowski is a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He and his wife, Dana, live in Knoxville.

Killough joined the ORNL staff in 1983. He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee. He was a Discover Magazine award finalist for his technology. Killough is a member of IEEE. He and his wife, Robin, live in West Knoxville.

The awards will be presented May 14 as part of the annual FLC National Technology Transfer Meeting in San Antonio.

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