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Forsberg, Rao named UT-Battelle corporate fellows

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers Charles Forsberg (left) and Nageswara Rao have been named UT-Battelle Corporate Fellows.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 2, 2006 — Charles Forsberg and Nageswara Rao are Oak Ridge National Laboratory's newest UT-Battelle corporate fellows, a designation reserved for the highest level of recognition for career achievements in science and technology, performance and leadership.

Forsberg, a member of the Nuclear Science and Technology Division, has been with ORNL since 1975. Rao, a member of the Computer Science and Mathematics Division, joined the lab in 1993.

"ORNL aspires to the highest standard of scientific achievement," said ORNL Director Jeff Wadsworth. "Becoming a corporate fellow is recognition that these two researchers have met that standard."

Forsberg began his career at ORNL as a research staff member in the Chemical Technology Division after earning a doctorate in nuclear engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and two years of industry experience at Bechtel. He led research activities that successfully separated actinide and rare earth elements from acidic high-level waste solutions and provided leadership on nuclear waste management issues.

Forsberg developed and patented the Process Inherent, Ultimate-Safety Boiling Water Reactor. Fluidic accumulators that evolved from this patent are now part of advanced light-water reactor designs. As a result of his leadership in light-water reactor development, Forsberg was appointed U.S. technical representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency Working Group on Advanced LWR Technologies.

In 1995, Forsberg shifted his focus back to nuclear waste issues, developing and patenting approaches to depleted uranium waste disposition and leading the team that developed disposition options for uranium-233. He proposed separating short-lived strontium and cesium isotopes from spent nuclear fuel to significantly reduce heat loads in repository designs, a concept that is being intensively investigated by the Department of Energy to increase repository capacity.

Forsberg has been an adviser to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Academy of Sciences and DOE on numerous issues related to nuclear technology and the hydrogen economy. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and recipient of the 2005 Robert E. Wilson Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and 2002 American Nuclear Society Special Award for Innovative Nuclear Reactors. He has published more than 250 scientific papers and reports and been granted 10 patents.

Forsberg and his wife, Virginia, reside in Oak Ridge. The couple's two children, Christopher and Martin, live in Seattle.

Rao received his doctorate in computer science from Louisiana State University in 1988 and completed his doctoral work at ORNL at the Center for Engineering Science Advanced Research in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division. Before joining ORNL as a staff member Rao served on the faculty of Old Dominion University.

Rao is nationally recognized for his pioneering contributions in the fields of high-performance networking and multiple-sensor fusion. He has answered several fundamental questions related to the design of high-throughput network transport protocols, proving the chaotic nature of the widely deployed transmission control protocol and initiating the design of protocols that have proven stable and effective. Rao is also credited with developing a unifying theory of information fusion, solving a long-standing fundamental question critical to his field.

In the area of high-performance computing, Rao has established ORNL as a national leader, winning significant funding from the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Office of Naval Research and DOE. His DOE UltraScience Net and NSF Cheetah projects hold enormous promise in meeting the high bandwidth and control demands of large-scale science applications, demonstrating leadership in developing mathematical methods that underpin and provide needed solutions to practical networking problems.

Rao received the 2005 Technical Achievement Award for the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his work on information fusion methods over the last decade. He has published more than 200 technical papers, was instrumental in founding two international journals and serves on boards for five journals. He has co-chaired five workshops/conferences and served on more than 25 international conference committees.

Rao and his wife, Nina Rivers Hathaway, reside in Powell.

UT-Battelle manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the Department of Energy.