The associate laboratory director for Energy and Environmental Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and two University of Tennessee-ORNL Governor’s Chair researchers are among the newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
EES Associate Laboratory Director Martin Keller and Governor’s Chairs Sudarsanam Suresh Babu and Terry Clyde Hazen will receive the highest honor bestowed by members of the AAAS on their peers. AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.
Keller came to ORNL in 2006 from Diversa Corporation, where he held a series of research management positions. He was cited by his AAAS peers for “distinguished contributions to bioenergy science, and for dynamic and inspiring leadership of innovative partnerships to advance the development and deployment of clean energy technologies.”
Keller is the founding director of the BioEnergy Science Center at ORNL, one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Research Centers, and directed the laboratory’s Biosciences Division before leading the EES Directorate. He received his doctorate in microbiology from the University of Regensburg in Germany.
Babu is the University of Tennessee-ORNL Governor’s Chair in Advanced Manufacturing. He was cited for “distinguished contributions to computational materials sciences, nonequilibrium phase transformations and application of in situ neutron and synchrotron diffraction tools and other advanced characterization methods.”
He received his master of technology in industrial metallurgy-welding from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Chennai, India, and earned his doctoral degree in materials science from the University of Cambridge.
Hazen has been the UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology since 2011. He was cited for “distinguished contributions in the field of microbial ecology and bioremediation, particularly for the systems biology approach to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.”
He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in interdepartmental biology from Michigan State University and his doctorate in microbial ecology from Wake Forest University.
The new fellows will be honored at the AAAS annual meeting in February.
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