DOE awards four Argonne researchers at Annual Merit Review
by Payal Marathe, Communications, Education and Public Affairs
Four scientists from Argonne’s Energy Systems division have received awards from the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO). Raj Sekar, Amgad Elgowainy, Marianne Mintz and Tom Stephens were each recognized at the DOE’s Annual Merit Review meeting last week.
Sekar, senior mechanical engineer and project engineering manager, received the Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award. The prize honored his 45 years of excellence in research, during which time he has published more than 70 papers and has been awarded 12 patents.
Sekar sparked an industrial partnership with Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) that has contributed $1 million annually toward research and development on locomotive diesel engines at Argonne. The EMD contract, signed in February 1996, is perhaps the longest running Strategic Partnership Project at Argonne. With Sekar’s achievement award, the DOE recognizes the growth of Argonne’s engine and emissions research from one post doc in 1997 to about 30 researchers today.
Elgowainy, a principal energy systems analyst, was recognized for establishing the Hydrogen Refueling Station Analysis Model (HRSAM), a tool that allows users to accurately evaluate the techno-economic performance of various refueling station configurations and capacities according to SAE J2601 protocol. HRSAM is a significant step toward optimizing hydrogen infrastructure rollout, and is the main cost analysis mechanism used by the various working groups of the H2USA partnership.
Mintz, a principal transportation systems analyst, was commended for her part in developing the JOBS model, which estimates the employment impacts of hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cells in terms of earnings, economic output, installation and other variables. This model has investigated the impact of FCTO’s deployment activities under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, among other initiatives.
Stephens, also a principal transportation systems analyst, was awarded for leadership in multi-laboratory, integrated vehicle technology analysis. Though Argonne is his home lab, Stephens demonstrated knowledge and insight of work performed at multiple labs and of the priorities of the VTO at DOE headquarters as he directed major analysis projects taking place collaboratively across institutions.