ORNL’s Peggy Emmett honored

emmett_hr (2)Peggy Emmett, popular and respected researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has received the top honor from Women In Nuclear. The Leadership Award is the group’s highest honor, and Emmett — retired ORNL staffer — was recognized at a recent ceremony in Boston.

According to information distributed by the laboratory, “The award is in recognition of a U.S. WIN member who has made significant contributions and demonstrated leadership in the organization’s three core values: supporting an environment in nuclear energy and nuclear technologies in which both women and men are able to succeed; providing a network through which women in these fields can further their professional development; and providing an organized association through which the public is informed about nuclear energy and nuclear technologies.”

Emmett is the second woman from ORNL to get the honor, following Julie Ezold in 2009.

The group’s awards committee noted Emmett’s contributions to the education of the next generation of girls and pursuit of science careers.

“As a scientist, Emmett’s area of expertise is in Monte Carlo calculations, including SCALE, or Standardized Computer Analyses for Licensing Evaluation, widely regarded as one of the state-of-the-art computer software tools for modeling radiation transport, radiation shielding, criticality safety and spent fuel analysis,” the lab’s release said. “In addition, she taught during Tennessee Industries Week at the University of Tennessee.”

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