Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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Optical measurement technique earns ORNL researcher honor

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 5, 1999 — Lonnie "Curt" Maxey of the Instrumentation and Controls Division of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the recipient of the Arnold O. Beckman Award, presented by the Instrument Society of America.

Maxey was honored for conceiving a new method for obtaining high-resolution angular and linear displacement measurements. His method triples the amount of information provided by laser measurement systems used in precision manufacturing. It allows for tighter manufacturing tolerances with existing machine tools and is expected to lead to higher quality and lower cost in precision-manufactured products for automotive, electronic and military applications.

Maxey holds three patents and has written several technical publications in the optics and measurement fields. He is a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. Maxey received the Federal Laboratory Consortium Award of Merit for Excellence in Technology Transfer in 1997.

He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Maxey and his wife, Helene, are residents of Powell.

ORNL is a DOE multiprogram national research and development facility and is managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation.