Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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


Former ORNL scientist returning home to lecture

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 19, 2000 — Gregory J. Yurek, president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of American Superconductor Corp., will deliver a Lab-wide lecture at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 30 in Weinberg Auditorium, Building 4500 North.

Yurek, a former research scientist in ORNL's Metals and Ceramics Division, will speak on the topic "Recent Advances In Superconductivity for Electric Utility Systems: Laying the Foundation for Electricity Superhighway."

Yurek founded American Superconductor in 1987 with three fellow MIT professors to commercialize a new family of high-temperature superconducting materials for electric power applications. The company oversaw the transfer of technology from MIT for establishing the company's research and development programs and for creating strategic alliances.

He was previously co-director of the H.H. Uhlig Corrosion Laboratory at MIT where he was professor of materials science and engineering. His work on the development of corrosion-resistant alloys led to the invention of technology now used in manufacturing high temperature superconducting wires.

Yurek has consulted for the petrochemical, aerospace, nuclear, automotive and chemical industries in high-temperature materials and corrosion. He has authored more than 50 scientific and technical publications and has been issued eight U.S. patents.

He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in metallurgy from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from Ohio State University.