Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
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ORNL's Lynne Parker earns presidential award

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 12, 2000 — Dr. Lynne Parker of the Computer Science and Mathematics Division of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is one of five recipients of the fourth annual Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers presented today at the White House.

Parker, a group leader in computational intelligence, was recognized for her research in cooperative robotics "as a shining example to future generations of researchers - the best of the group of scientists and engineers who will be responsible for America's 21st century greatness."

The Presidential Early Career Awards program was established by President Clinton in 1996 to encourage and recognize the work of the nation's young scientists and engineers in the 21st century.

"We honor with these awards, but moreover, we look to your futures, bright and expansive, for continued enlightenment, leadership and service to society," said Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson in presenting the awards to Parker and the other recipients.

ORNL Director Bill Madia praised Parker for her efforts that led to earning the award.

"This is a tremendous honor for Lynne Parker and for Oak Ridge National Laboratory," Madia said. Lynn's award is an example of the type of work that has made Oak Ridge National Laboratory a world-renowned research institution."

Parker serves on numerous international conference program committees.

She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Tennessee Technological University, a master's degree in computer science from the University of Tennessee and a doctorate in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She and her husband, Bob, reside in the Karns section of West Knoxville.