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ORNL's Leal and Snead named American Nuclear Society Fellows

(From left) Lance Snead and Luiz Leal of Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been named to the American Nuclear Society's Class of 2010 Fellows.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 29, 2010 — Luiz Leal and Lance Snead from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been elected to the American Nuclear Society's Class of 2010 Fellows.

The awards, presented by the ANS executive director at the society's winter meeting, are in recognition of the fellows' significant contributions and achievements to nuclear science and technology.

Leal, a member of ORNL's Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division, was recognized for research that has significantly improved neutronics analyses for both reactor and fuel cycle safety applications.

An ORNL staff member since 1993, Leal holds a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Tuca, have one daughter, Lais. The Leals reside in Knoxville.

Snead, a member of ORNL's Materials Science and Technology Division, was honored "for being the leading international expert on radiation effects in silicon carbide and other ceramic composites for fusion and advanced fission reactors."

A resident of Farragut, Snead has worked at ORNL since 1992. He was also recently recognized as a fellow of the American Ceramic Society and holds a doctorate in nuclear engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Established in 1954, the American Nuclear Society is a not-for-profit, international, scientific and educational organization whose members work to promote the awareness and understanding of the applications of nuclear science and technology.

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy's Office of Science.