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Four Ames Laboratory Employees Win Tech Transfer Awards

For release: Oct. 8, 2009

Deb Covey, Sponsored Research, 515-294-1048
Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi, Public Affairs, 515-294-9750


AMES, Iowa—Four employees at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have won technology transfer awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium.

Mark Bryden and Doug McCorkle are members of a team selected for an Excellence in Technology Transfer Award from the FLC Mid-Atlantic Region for their Virtual Engineering Process Simulation Interface, an open-source software application that integrates process simulation—data and models about chemical, physical and biological processes—with computer-aided design drawings and fluid dynamics data to create a comprehensive real-time graphic display.  Bryden, director of Ames Laboratory's Simulation, Modeling and Decision Science program, and McCorkle, Ames Lab associate scientist, share the award with Stephen Zitney and Terry Jordan at the National Energy Technology Laboratory and Dave Swensen and Chongguan Yang at Reaction Engineering.

Iver Anderson won an Excellence in Technology Transfer Award from the FLC Mid-Continent Region.  Anderson, an Ames Laboratory senior scientist, was selected for his success in transferring a tin-silver-copper solder to the marketplace.  This lead-free solder replaces many uses of traditional lead solder, reducing lead toxicity hazards.  Anderson's tin-silver-copper solder has been licensed by more than 65 companies worldwide and has generated in excess of $20 million in royalty income.

Adah Leshem-Ackerman was recognized for her leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education efforts with an inaugural STEM Mentorship Award from the FLC Mid-Continent Region.  Leshem-Ackerman, an Ames Lab associate, coordinates Ames Laboratory's Academies Creating Teacher Scientists program, a professional development opportunity for middle and high school science teachers.  She also coordinates an Ames Lab internship program for undergraduate students studying to be science teachers and a hands-on science club for middle school students called Tinkering with Science, which is a 4-H workshop organized in collaboration with Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development.  Leshem-Ackerman also directs several other STEM education programs at Iowa State University.

"I am very pleased that the FLC regions recognized Ames Laboratory researchers— efforts to get technology out into the U.S. marketplace,"said Deb Covey, Ames Lab associate director for Sponsored Research Administration. "This year, I am particularly happy to see that not only


Ames Laboratory associate Adah Leshem-Ackerman (left) received a STEM Mentorship Award. The award, given by the Federal Laboratory Consortium Mid-Continent Region, recognizes Leshem-Ackerman's leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Ames Lab senior scientist Iver Anderson received an Excellence in Technology Transfer Award from the FLC Mid-Continent Region. Anderson was honored for his success transferring lead-free solder to the marketplace

were we recognized for our contributions within our FLC region, but our results were recognized nationwide with an award from the FLC Mid-Atlantic Region.  Winning one of the inaugural STEM Mentorship Awards is also extremely gratifying, because without an adequate supply of future U.S. scientists, mathematicians and engineers, the goal of transferring technology and scientific knowledge to the nation will become very difficult."

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory operated for the DOE by Iowa State University.  Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global challenges.