Newswise — Senior materials researcher and Corporate Fellow Steven Zinkle of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been named a 2013 Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS).
Acknowledged for his "pioneering contributions to the understanding of radiation effects in materials and for advancing the scientific basis of performance limits for structural materials in advanced nuclear energy systems,” Zinkle will be formally recognized during the spring MRS meeting in April.
Zinkle, chief scientist for the ORNL Nuclear Science & Engineering Directorate, will become part of an elite group of MRS fellows. Each year at the Spring MRS meeting, the society recognizes new fellows. No more than 0.2 percent of the current MRS membership are elected fellow.
Having published more than 240 well-regarded peer-reviewed articles on materials characterization and properties, Zinkle meets the qualifications of producing sustained and distinguished contributions to the advancement of materials research. He is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Ceramic Society, the American Nuclear Society, ASM International (previously known as American Society for Metals) and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), and is an elected member in the National Academy of Engineering.
Zinkle is also the recipient of a number of other awards including DOE’s E.O. Lawrence Award and the fusion technology award from the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, both in 2006, the Mishima Award from the American Nuclear Society in 2007, and the Robert Cahn Award from Elsevier, Ltd. and the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award in 2010.
After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a doctorate in nuclear engineering, as well as a master’s degree in material sciences, from the University of Wisconsin, Zinkle came in ORNL in 1985 as a Eugene Wigner fellow. Zinkle later led the nuclear materials and science technology group starting in 2001. He directed ORNL’s Materials Science and Technology Division from 2006 to 2010.
The Materials Research Society has a diverse group of approximately 16,000 student and professional members from over 80 countries including the United States. A key mission of the society is to focus on the promotion and dissemination of interdisciplinary advanced materials research.
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