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Wirth Receives Top DOE Honor, Credits UT-ORNL Partnership

Brian WirthThe US Department of Energy has named Brian Wirth, a joint UT College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory appointee, an Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award winner for 2014.

Given by the DOE in recognition of research supporting science, energy, or national security, it is considered the highest achievement that a midcareer researcher can receive. Established in 1959, the award honors Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a 1939 Nobel laureate and inventor of the cyclotron—an accelerator of subatomic particles.

Wirth, the UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Computational Nuclear Engineering, has spent his career studying aspects of nuclear environments and materials related to nuclear energy.

“This is a tremendous honor, one I feel very humbled to receive,” said Wirth. “More than that, though, it feels like this recognizes the scientific and technical contributions of the many people with whom I have had the good fortune to work.”


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