Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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ORNL's Emmett named regional AAUW director

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 19, 1998 — Margaret (Peggy) Emmett, group leader of the Nuclear Code Development Group in the Computational Physics and Engineering Division of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has been named director of the Southeast Central Region of the American Association of University Women.

AAUW is a national organization that promotes education and equality among all women and girls.

Emmett specializes in the development and application of Monte Carlo radiation transport computer codes. The method involves a statistical sampling process that tracks neutrons and gamma rays through complex geometric systems. She is configuration control manager of a computer code system known as SCALE (Standardized Computer Analyses for Licensing Evaluation), which is a collection of computer codes used for nuclear safety analyses and evaluation of radiation protection safety factors.

She has been an active participant in the American Nuclear Society's Radiation Protection and Shielding Division, serving on its executive, membership and nominating committees. Emmett earned the division's 1996 Distinguished Service Award. She received the 1993 Outstanding Service Award from the ANS Oak Ridge/Knoxville Section and Lockheed Martin Energy Systems' President's Award for Performance Improvement. She has been named to Who's Who of Professional and Business Women.

Emmett earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Tennessee Tech University.

She and her husband, John W. Wachter, reside in Oak Ridge. She has two sons, Brian and Greg.

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