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Awards and Recognition

NETL has a long history of garnering recognition for research excellence, technology transfer, and successful partnerships. Over the past 20 years, NETL’s scientists have earned 49 R&D 100 Awards, as well as 47 regional and national awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium. These awards, along with the many other individual awards won by NETL scientists and research partners, serve to recognize NETL’s contribution to our nation’s energy future.

The awards and other forms of recognition received by the national laboratory provide tangible evidence of the world-class nature of the research as well as the technical, scientific, and program staff carrying out the research at NETL. These numerous accolades further demonstrate the commitment and dedication of the laboratory’s staff to fulfilling the mission of advancing energy options to fuel our economy, strengthen our security, and improve our environment.

Year Sort ascending Award Recipient Sponsoring Organization
2018 AIChE Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) Distinguished Service Award Isaac Gamwo American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
The Secretary of Energy Achievement Award Donald Ferguson Department of Energy
Innovators of the Year Mac Gray Pittsburgh Business Times
State and Local Economic Development Award City of Pittsburgh MOU Federal Laboratory Consortium Mid-Atlantic
Strive for Leadership and Education Award Bruceton Toastmasters Toastmasters International
MCEC Capital Partner Award Seth Lawson Maryland Clean Energy Center
Smart Industry 50 Stephen Zitney Putman Media
Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS) John Baltrus Toastmasters International
Competent Leader (CL) Brett Aristegui Toastmasters International
Competent Commucator (CC) Connie Anderson Toastmasters International
Excellence in Government Awards - Rookie of the Year Jerry Carr Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards Garret Veloski Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards - Contribution to Science McMahan Gray Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards - Outstanding Team Ukraine Coal Team Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards - Rookie of the Year Jonathan Lekse Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards - Outstanding Administrative Employee James Cox Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards NETL Emergency Response Function Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Customer Service Award Alan Hartman Oregon Federal Executive Board
Exceptional Service Award Kelly Rose Oregon Federal Executive Board
Leadership Award Circe Verba Oregon Federal Executive Board
Annual Small Business Award - Service - Disabled Veteran - Owned Small Business of the Year USSE2 Department of Energy
Academy of Distinguished Alumni, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Jessica Lamp West Virginia University
Best of 2017 Electrochemical Carbon Dioxide Reduction at Nanostructured Gold, Copper, and Alloy Materials Energy Technology Magazine
Distinguished Lecturer 2018-2019 Barbara Kutchko Society of Petroleum Engineers
SPIE Sensing Defense and Commercial Expo Rising Researcher Award Michael Buric SPIE Sensing
2017 Joseph N. Cannon Award for Excellence in Engineering Isaac Gamwo National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
R&D 100 Awards National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP) Advantage Business Media
ASM Fellowship Paul Jablonski ASM International
Outstanding Commercialization Success Arc Position Sensing Technology Federal Laboratory Consortium Far West
Excellence in Government Awards - Outstanding Contribution to Science Angela Goodman Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards - Outstanding Team EOS Water Management Team Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
R&D Winner Kelly Rose Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest
Division of Environmental Geosciences Award Angela Goodman American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Academy of Chemical Engineers Induction Lisa Baker West Virginia University
Best Poster Award by a Young Professional in Functional Materials Anna Nakano Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
Excellence in Government Awards - Outstanding Professional Employee Jessica Mullen Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Carnegie Science Manufacturing/Materials Award High-Performance Optical Sensors and Sensor Materials Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Team Carnegie Science Center
Excellence in Technology Transfer LumiShield Federal Laboratory Consortium National
Secretary Appreciation Award Cynthia Powell Department of Energy
President's Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Alexandra Hakala National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)
Best Paper Award “Dynamic Model of a 10 MW Supercritical CO2 Recompression Brayton Cycle” American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Excellence Award - Dream Category Shiwoo Lee AECOM
Women in Energy Leadership Awards Barbara Kutchko Pittsburgh Business Times
Women of the Year Awards Alexandra Hakala Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Women of the Year Awards Barbara Kutchko Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Women of the Year Awards Circe Verba Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards Heroic Act Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
2016 SME IGTI Outstanding Service Awards Richard Dennis American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Excellence in Government Awards - Rookie of the Year Jessica Mullen Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards - Outstanding Contribution to Science Yuhua Duan Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Women of the Year Awards Natalie Pekney Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
2015 ISA-POWEID Symposium Paper Award Progress on a Raman Gas Analyzer for Power Industry Applications International Soceity of Automation, Power Industries Division
GreenBuy Awards - Gold Level Office of Sustainable Environmental Stewardship
Carnegie Science Innovation Award Shiwoo Lee Carnegie Science Center
President's Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Paul Ohodnicki National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)
R&D 100 Awards EYESIM v2.3 Advantage Business Media
Carnegie Science Environmental Award Natalie Pekney Carnegie Science Center
Hispanic Appreciation Awards Nicolas Huerta Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Hispanic Appreciation Awards Alexandra Hakala Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards Outstanding Team - Petra Nova Project Team Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards Oustanding Professional Employee (All Other Fields) - Timothy Skone Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Star Fellowship Offshore Foam Cement Modeling Society of Petroleum Engineers
Excellence in Government Awards Outstanding Professional Employee (All Other Fields) Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards Outstanding Supervisor Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards Rookie of the Year - Sydni Credle Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards Outstanding Supervisor - Heather Quendenfeld Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Federal Small Business Program Manager of the Year Award Lawrence Sullivan DOE
Prestigious Woman Award Mary Sullivan Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Department of Energy's Annual Secretarial Small Business Prime Contractor Award Key Logic DOE
Excellence in Government Awards Outstanding Professional Employee (All Other Fields) Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards Outstanding Team - Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Sensor Team Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards Outstanding Professional Employee (Medical/Scientific) - Timothy Skone Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
APEX Awards Electronic Media - Video Media Category Communications Concepts
Early Career Category - Poster Transport in the Gulf of Mexico - Poster 15th SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in Geoscience
Gold Award - Recogniation for outstanding support to the 2015 Three Rivers Pennsylvania West Combined Federal Campaign Combined Federal Campaign
Early Career Poster Winner Ronald Duran SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in Geosciences
Excellence in Government Awards Outstanding Professional Employee (Medical/Scientific) Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards Rookie of the Year Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Arthur S. Flemming Awards CCSI George Washington University
Highly Cited Review Paper 2012-2013 Advances in CO2 Capture Technology: A Patent Review Elsevier
Fellow Nomination Stephen Zitney American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Energy in Leadership Awards Upstream (Foamed Cement Work) Pittsburgh Business Times
Energy in Leadership Awards Upstream (Foamed Cement Work) Pittsburgh Business Times
Rising Star Poster Competition Jordan Musser Council for Chemical Research (CCR)
Energy in Leadership Awards Manufacturing Pittsburgh Business Times
Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award for Eastern North America Sinisha Jikich Society of Petroleum Engineers
R&D 100 Awards EYESIM v2.3 Advantage Business Media
Innovation Award Fiber Supported Ionic Liquid Sorbents TechConnect
STEM Award Educational Outreach Program Federal Laboratory Consortium Mid-Atlantic
Excellence in Government Awards Lisa Nichols - Outstanding Administrative Employee Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Most Cited Articles Award Stephen Zitney Elsevier
Blue Pencil Gold Screen Awards Engineering the Future of Energy- NETL-RUA brochure National Association of Government Communicators
Women in Government Awards Andrea Dunn Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Exceptional Achievements in Toastmasters International John Baltrus Toastmasters International
Blue Pencil Gold Screen Awards Ultra-Deepwater Research article National Association of Government Communicators
Women in Government Awards Patricia Rawls Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards Barbara Kutchko - Outstanding Contribution to Science/IT Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Fellowship Isaac Gamwo American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Excellence in Government Awards Juli Klara - Outstanding Professional Employee Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards Bruce Brown - Outstanding Professional Employee Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards David Miller - Outstanding Professional Employee (medical/scientific) Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards Marissa Arnold, Mara Dean, Peter Hensel, Brett Humble Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Excellence in Government Awards Donald Ferguson - Community Service Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Engineering Materials Achievment Award Platinum Chromium (PtCr) Alloy for Coronary Stents ASM International
Excellence in Government Awards Jimmy Thornton - Outstanding Manager/Supervisor Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board
Outstanding Service as Area Chair Isaac Gamwo American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
2014 Gold Award - Recognition for Outstanding Support for the 2014 Three Rivers Pennsylvania West Combined Federal Campaign Combined Federal Campaign
President's Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Brian Anderson National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)
Outstanding Technology Development Superior Heat Resistant Alloys through Controlled Homogenization Federal Laboratory Consortium Far West
Crowd Choice Award John Vanosdol Trans Tech Energy Business Development Conference
Excellence in ESS&H Award Jerry Simkonis, Jeff Buterbaugh, Dan Bozym, Mike Monahan, Cindy Mullens DOE
R&D 100 Awards Arc Position Sensing Technology Advantage Business Media
Excellence in Technology Transfer 3D Virtual Energy Plant Simulator and Immersive Training System Federal Laboratory Consortium Mid-Atlantic
R&D 100 Awards BlackGold Advantage Business Media
Outstanding Technology Development Arc Position Sensing Technology Federal Laboratory Consortium Far West
Advanced Materials Award Platinum Chromium Alloy for Stents Carnegie Science Center
President's Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) John Kitchin National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)
R&D 100 Awards Basic Immobilized Amine Sorbent (BIAS) Advantage Business Media
Corporate Innovation Award NETL-RUA Carnegie Science Center
Fellow Madhava Syamlal American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Environmental and Natural Resources Award Barbara Kutchko United States Department of Justice
Fast Tracker Paul Ohodnicki Pittsburgh Business Times
Richard and Patricia Spriggs Phase Equilibria Award Jasper (Kyei-Sing) Kwong, James Bennett, Jin Nakano American Ceramic Society
Sustainability Award NETL DOE
R&D 100 Awards Basic Immobilized Amine Sorbent (BIAS) Advantage Business Media
Fellow Award Anthony Cugini American Chemical Society
Excellence in ESS&H Award Allen Lichvar, Dan Maloney, Steve Curfman, Dave Hyman, Mike Monahan DOE