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Bass, Daw, Goyal named UT-Battelle Corporate Fellows

Richard Bass, Stuart Daw and Amit Goyal (from left).
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 21, 2008 — Three researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been named UT-Battelle Corporate Fellows. B. Richard Bass, C. Stuart Daw and Amit Goyal are recognized for sustained outstanding achievements in their scientific and technical fields.

"I am pleased to see Richard, Stuart and Amit attain the rank of Corporate Fellow, our Laboratory's highest designation for scientists and engineers," said ORNL Director Thom Mason. "Their career accomplishments are of the highest caliber, and their work has enhanced ORNL's reputation for scientific excellence and leadership."

The three appointments bring the number of current UT-Battelle Corporate Fellows to 28.

Bass was recognized for outstanding scientific, programmatic and institutional contributions to ORNL in advanced computational structural mechanics and nuclear safety technologies. He is a world leader in the development and application of advanced computational methods and computer codes for structural analyses of complex components including nuclear reactor pressure vessels.

Bass joined the laboratory in 1976 after obtaining his doctorate from Tulane University and holding faculty appointments at the University of Wales and Old Dominion University. His work has resulted in more than 200 technical publications and has been incorporated in regulations and national consensus codes. He currently manages the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission program at ORNL that develops probabilistic structural safety assessment technology for nuclear power plants.

Daw has pioneered the application of chaos theory and nonlinear dynamics to energy technologies, including gas-fluidized beds, internal combustion engines and pulsed combustion. His groundbreaking efforts in developing practical uses for chaos theory in engineering applications have been widely recognized in industry. He is also recognized for his innovative work in the analysis and modeling of a broad range of engineering systems, including fossil-fuel combustion, hazardous waste treatment, transportation propulsion, emissions controls and nuclear fuel production.

Daw joined ORNL in 1979 after working as a process development engineer for six years at DuPont. He earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1985, has been issued 12 patents with two more pending and is the author or coauthor of more than 170 technical publications.

Goyal's pioneering research has had a profound impact on the field of high-temperature superconductivity, both in fundamental materials science and in the transition of scientific discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. His innovations have provided elegant solutions to achieving essentially single-crystal-like behavior in long lengths of superconducting material, using techniques that are industrially scalable and cost effective as well as in creating self-assembled, nanoscale defects within superconductors which dramatically enhance their properties. He is widely regarded as an international leader in the fields of high-temperature superconducting materials, texture development in materials and electron backscatter diffraction.

Goyal joined ORNL as a postdoctoral fellow in 1991 after completing his doctorate at the University of Rochester. He has published more than 300 technical publications including over 30 invited book chapters and papers and has co-edited six books. He has 53 issued patents, the most of any researcher at ORNL. His awards include the Distinguished Scholar Medal from the University of Rochester, Pride of India Award, two R&D 100 awards, ORNL Inventor of Year (twice), and Battelle Distinguished Inventor. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, ASM International, the American Ceramic Society, the World Innovation Foundation (UK) and the Institute of Physics (UK).

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