Oak Ridge National Laboratory


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


Two from ORNL named by National Academies

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 9, 2004 — Two UT-Battelle corporate fellows from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Tom Wilbanks and David Greene -- have been designated lifetime national associates of the National Academies of Science.

The designation of national associate is in recognition of extraordinary service to the National Academies and advising the nation in matters of science, engineering and health.

Wilbanks is considered an authority on applying geographic, social science and technological knowledge and perspectives on sustainable development issues – particularly in the areas of solving energy challenges in developing countries and understanding responses to climate change concerns.

He has managed ORNL's programs in developing countries since 1982 and is a former president of the Association of American Geographers. Wilbanks earned the 1993 National Geographic Society's Distinguished Geography Educator Award and the 1995 James R. Anderson Medal of Honor in applied geography – the only individual to have received both of these honors.

Wilbanks joined ORNL in 1977 after serving on the faculties of the University of Oklahoma and Syracuse University. He earned a bachelor's degree in social science from Trinity University and a master's and doctorate in geography from Syracuse.

Wilbanks and his wife, Kay, reside in West Knoxville. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.

Greene also joined ORNL in 1977. Before being named a corporate fellow, he was a senior research staff member and manager of energy policy research programs in the ORNL Center for Transportation Analysis.

He has earned a number of significant achievement awards over the years and belong to numerous transportation-related professional organizations.

Greene is a former editor-in-chief of The Journal of Transportation and Statistics and remains an editorial board member of the publication. He is also an editorial board member for the publications Energy Policy, the Macmillian Encyclopedia of Energy and Transportation Quarterly, as well as on the editorial advisory boards of the publication Transportation Research.

He has written one book and co-authored two others, has written or co-written 70 articles for professional journals and has contributed to 20 books and 87 other publications.

Greene earned a bachelor's degree from Columbia University, a master's from the University of Oregon and a doctorate in geography and environmental engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.

He and his wife, Janet, live in Farragut. They have two children and one grandchild.

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