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PNNL scientist selected as Fellow in the American Nuclear Society

Richard Kurtz to be honored at annual meeting in November

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October 09, 2014 Share This!

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RICHLAND, Wash. Richard Kurtz, a materials science researcher at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been elected to the rank of Fellow in the American Nuclear Society. ANS elects Fellows annually for contributions toward advancing the field of nuclear science and technology. The organization elects a maximum of five percent of its members to this rank each year.

Kurtz was elected for "research excellence and program leadership ... leading to significant advances in the development of damage tolerant structural materials for nuclear energy applications, including improved nondestructive inspection techniques and evaluation methods to ensure structural integrity."

Kurtz is a PNNL Laboratory Fellow in PNNL's energy and environmental research division. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of reactor materials, particularly in the fusion reactor materials arena. Currently, he leads a program focused on developing durable, stable materials that will withstand the extremely hostile environment expected in fusion reactors of the future.  These radiation-resistant materials are crucial to make fusion technically feasible, economically viable and environmentally attractive. 

ANS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the awareness and understanding of the application of nuclear science and technology. The organization has more than 11,000 members representing 1,600-plus corporations, educational institutions and government agencies. Kurtz will be honored along with the rest of the 2014 Fellows at the organization's annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., in November.

Tags: Energy, Awards and Honors, Nuclear Power

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