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  • Materials - Less costly carbon fiber - June 03, 2014 - A newly patented system that uses microwave energy could greatly reduce the cost of producing carbon fiber from polymer precursors while cutting the amount of effluent gases. The technology, invented by a team that includes Felix Paulauskas of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, consists of an elongated atmosphere-controlled chamber in which the material undergoes complete carbonization.


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ORNL Awards Night 2004



Early Career Award for Engineering Accomplishment:

  • Winner: Nidia C. Gallego
  • Citation: For Exceptional potential for leadership in applied materials engineering and for exemplary early career accomplishments.

Distinguished Scientist:

  • Winner: C. T. Liu
  • Citation: For research on advanced materials, both in increasing fundamental understanding of their mechnical properties and in their application to energy systems.



Secretarial Support:

  • Winner: Pam Hadley
  • Citation: For excellent organization skills; knowledge of job responsibilities; a friendly, team approach, and a remarkable energy level that permits accomplishing an incredible array of tasks.



Volunteerism by a team:

  • Winner: Shirley Shugart
  • Citation: For a phenomenal team effort in planning and coordinating ORNL's first International Festival to enhance awareness of ORNL's cultural diversity while raising $3,500 for the 2003 United Way campaign)