Researcher Roderick Jackson of Oak Ridge National Laboratory was awarded anÂ Innovator of the Year award in 2017 at theÂ Young, Gifted, and Empowered Awards, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Jackson was recognized for his groundbreaking work in building energy efficiency innovation, DOE said in a story published Tuesday by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Jackson isÂ the lead at ORNLâ€™s Building Envelope Systems Research Group, and he leads the partnership between the Building Technologies Office, or BTO, and ORNL on building envelope projects, DOE said. Jackson works with both BTOâ€™s Emerging Technologies and Residential Buildings Integration programs.
Jackson also serves as the technical lead for theÂ Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE)Â demonstration project. As part of that project, ORNL and others unveiled aÂ vehicle and house in September 2015 that had been built using large-scale 3D printers at the lab’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility in Hardin Valley. The 210-square-foot solar-powered house and printed utility vehicle, or PUV, can provide power to each other. The house is one of the world’s first 3D printed homes.
The home and vehicle are part of a project designed to answer â€œwhat ifâ€ questions that could lead to innovations in building and car construction and energy use, storage, and consumption.
DOE said the Young, Gifted, and Empowered awards are in their third year, and theyÂ recognize exceptional young African-American professionals from Mississippi who are champions in the arts, business, philanthropy, education, innovation, and leadership. The honorees are between the ages of 25-45 and have demonstrated a noteworthy commitment to excellence and community service and a high level of character, leadership, and innovation, DOE said. [Read more…]