ORNL names 3 new Corporate Fellows


From left, Witold Nazarewicz, Bobby Sumpter and Stan Wullschleger (ORNL photos).

Witold Nazarewicz, Bobby Sumpter and Stan Wullschleger are the newest Corporate Fellows at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, bringing the total to 33 in the prestigious group of research scientists and engineers.

The rank of Corporate Fellows is one of the lab’s top honors, recognizing career achievements.

In a statement, ORNL Director Thom Mason said, “Witek, Bobby and Stan are honored both for their individual achievements and for their contributions as mentors and collaborators. Their superlative leadership in nuclear physics, computational chemistry and materials, and climate and environmental sciences, respectively, has advanced the frontiers of knowledge across fields of critical importance to ORNL’s mission.”

Here’s background on the three provided by ORNL:

— Nazarewicz is an international leader in theoretical nuclear physics and widely recognized as a driving force behind research on the physics of exotic nuclei.  He has published more than 350 journal articles, given more than 480 invited talks. He received the prestigious Bonner Prize in nuclear physics from the American Physical Society. A Physics Division staff member since 1996, he served as scientific director of the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam Facility from 1999 to 2011.

— Sumpter leads both the Computational Chemistry and Materials Science group in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division and the Nanomaterials Theory Institute at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences. He has done leadership work across a broad spectrum of materials theory including electronic structure, molecular dynamics and soft materials. He’s especially noted for his studies at the confluence of theory and experiment, working across organizational boundaries to provide theory and modeling leadership across disciplines.

— Wullschleger joined ORNL’s environmental sciences staff in 1990 and has done pioneering research in climate change, the genetic basis for bioenergy crops, carbon-water cycles, and molecular ecology. He is the national project director for DOE’s Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments Arctic, a research initiative to address the coupled physical, chemical and biological behavior of permafrost-rich terrestrial ecosystems on the North Slope of Alaska.  He has published 144 peer-reviewed articles with 8,500 citations and has organized six international conferences and given more than 200 invited talks.

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