Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
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ORNL's Welesko Garland named to Top 10 List by U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 4, 2000 — The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce has announced that Patricia Welesko Garland of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is one of its Top Ten Outstanding Americans for 2000.

The Ten Outstanding Young Americans for 2000 will be honored during Celebration Weekend on Jan. 15, 2000, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C. This 62nd Congress of Ten Outstanding Young Americans is administered by The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce and sponsored in part by the Anheuser-Busch Companies.

More than 600 exceptional young people have been honored by the Junior Chamber as one of the best, brightest, and most inspirational leaders America has to offer.

Many notables have been honored as Outstanding Young Americans in the past, including Presidents John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Bill Clinton as well as Vice-Presidents Al Gore and Dan Quayle. Also honored were Howard Hughes, Orson Wells, Elvis Presley, Nelson Rockefeller, dogsled champion Susan Butcher, and actor Christopher Reeve.

Thirty-eight-year-old Patricia Garland has worked as a chemical engineer for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory since the mid-'80s. Currently on assignment in Washington, D.C., Garland serves as a technical program manager in the U.S. Department of Energy's Thermally Activated Heat Pump Program and is the U.S. team leader for Annex 24, an international group directing research toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency.

Garland also serves as a powerful role model for women, currently elected as the National Secretary for the Society of Women Engineers, a non-profit service organization with 15,000 members, whose mission is to stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the positive image of the engineering profession, and demonstrate the value of diversity.

Author of more than twenty technical publications in the area of energy efficiency and chemical engineering, Garland has made presentations in fourteen states and four countries on topics such as energy efficiency and career guidance. Holding Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Tennessee, Garland excels in a traditionally male-dominated field and works to share engineering and science with young women who are looking for role models when making career choices.

Garland, her husband Buddy, and step-children Robert and Jennifer, reside in Mayo, Md. She is the daughter of Florence and Stanley Welesko of North Versailles, Pa.

Other Honorees include: .

Joseph Eugene Atkins, 34, of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota Dawn Eidelman, Ph.D., 38, of San Rafael, California Darrell Ray Green, 39, Ashburn, Virginia Anthony Wayne "Toney" Lineberry, Sr., 39, Manakin-Sabot, Virginia William N. Phillips, 35, Golden, Colorado Sandy Reese-Kesseler, 34, of Clear Lake Shores, Texas John H. Schnatter, 38, Louisville, Kentucky Jonathan Miron Young, 30, Washington, D.C. Trischa Leanna Zorn, 35, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Junior Chamber of Commerce is an organization of young men and women between the ages of 21 and 39 who possess a common desire to contribute to the welfare of their communities, state, nation, and the world.