Oak Ridge National Laboratory


News Release

Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations


Three named LMER corporate fellows

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 16, 1999 — Three researchers of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have been named corporate fellows of Lockheed Martin Energy Research (LMER) Corporation.

The ranking is one of the highest to be earned at LMER. The three are Jacob Barhen of the Computer Science and Mathematics Division, David Greene of the Energy Division and Frank Plasil of the Physics Division.

Corporate fellowships characterize innovation, dedication and significance of extraordinary contributions to research and development. These contributions have been acknowledged by their peers throughout the United States as well as other nations.

Barhen, director of ORNL's Center for Engineering Science Advanced Research, was recognized for his accomplishments in using advanced computing methods to further the theories of global optimization and neural networks. He received a 1998 R&D 100 Award and was recently honored by NASA with two major awards for his contributions to the U.S. space program. Barhen is the author of more than 130 scientific articles and holds five U.S. patents.

He earned a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Lili, are residents of Oak Ridge and have two children, Sarit, 14, and Ariella, 12.

Greene was recognized for his work in applying interdisciplinary research findings to national transportation energy and environmental policy. He is senior research staff member for the Center of Transportation Analysis within the Energy Division. He has written more than 150 professional journal articles, contributions to books and technical reports.

He received a bachelor's degree in geography from Columbia University and a master's degree in geography from the University of Oregon. He earned a doctorate in geography and environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Greene and his wife, Janet, live in Farragut, Tenn. They have two children.

Plasil was selected for his accomplishments in the field of nuclear physics. He is a senior research staff member in the Physics Division. He is the coauthor of more than 250 professional articles in journals and books. In 1984, he received the Senior Alexander Von Humboldt Award. He also earned the 1998 Honorary Medal for Merit in Physical Sciences of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He was recently presented the Honorary Medal for Merit in the Physics Sciences awarded by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

He earned a doctorate in nuclear chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. Plasil and his wife, Carol, live in Oak Ridge. They have four adult children.

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