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Forsberg earns prestigious nuclear engineering award

Charles Forsberg
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 12, 2005 — An Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher has been honored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for his work in nuclear power, hydrogen production and electricity.

Charles Forsberg is recipient of the 2005 Robert E. Wilson Award, presented by the institute's Nuclear Engineering Division to recognize outstanding chemical engineering contributions and achievements in the nuclear industry.

Forsberg, honored today at the AIChE's 2005 National Meeting in Atlanta, is principal investigator for the Advanced High-temperature Reactor unit, a new nuclear power reactor concept being developed for production of hydrogen and electricity. His 10 patents and more than 200 papers published at ORNL include developments in advanced waste repository concepts, new processes to make radioactive wastes stable forms for disposal, and improved methods for hydrogen production.

Forsberg earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, a master's and a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society and topical chair for hydrogen production of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

He and his wife, Virginia, are residents of Oak Ridge. They have two sons.

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.