Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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


ORNL announces joint faculty appointment

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 3, 2003 — Dhananjay Kumar, a professor of materials science at North Carolina A&T State University of Greensboro, N.C., has been named to a joint faculty appointment with the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The announcement was made jointly by Lee Riedinger, deputy director for science and technology at ORNL, and Leonard Uitenham, chairman of North Carolina A&T's Department of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering.

The announcement is the first joint faculty appointment between ORNL and a Historically Black College and University.

Kumar conducts collaborative research with ORNL's Condensed Matter Sciences Division. His research concentrates on studying nanoparticles for unique magnetic properties, which has applications for superconductivity, magnetic multilayer work and materials property measurements.

ORNL will assist Kumar with his research through the use of its electron microscope, according to Steve Pennycook, a corporate fellow at ORNL who will work with Kumar.

Kumar, who has conducted three summer research internships at ORNL, is excited about starting a stronger working link with the laboratory.

"To work with a scientist of the stature of Dr. Pennycook makes me feel very fortunate," Kumar said. "I'm looking forward to building an even closer working relationship with what I've already developed here."

Pennycook said ORNL will greatly benefit from the knowledge Kumar brings to the table.

"Dr. Kumar's appointment provides us with new opportunities to do research and new funding possibilities," Pennycook said. "We're already working on several new proposals."

John Cooke, director of ORNL's Condensed Matter Sciences Division, said the appointment will enhance ORNL's overall research efforts.

"These types of collaborations strengthen both institutions," Cooke said. "That is the idea for these joint collaborations. Everybody will benefit."

Riedinger said the two institutions are eager for the joint research effort to get under way.

"We started serious discussions about a year and a half ago," Riedinger said. "I think this is a great opportunity for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and North Carolina A&T State University to assist each other with their materials science research."

Kumar earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Bhagalpur University and a master's in chemistry from Megadh University, Bodh Gaya, with specialization in physical chemistry. His doctorate in chemistry was earned from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.