Source: Dan Hawkes, LBNL TABL
ESD was strongly represented among the winners of the new LBNL Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement announced on May 21, 2012 (LBNL TABL). ESD Ecology Department Head Gary Andersen won an Individual Award in the Tech Transfer category for his work on the LBNL PhyloChip (a past R&D 100 and Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation award winner; see links below) and its successful private sector development and deployment with the company Second Genome (http://www.secondgenome.com/).
In addition, ESD’s TOUGH Software Suite group also won an award in the Tech Transfer category, not only for their development of the TOUGH code but also for their work in supporting diverse applications and licensing of the TOUGH code. TOUGH is “now widely used at universities, government organizations, and private industry for applications to nuclear waste disposal, environmental remediation problems, energy production from geothermal, oil and gas reservoirs as well as gas hydrate deposits, geological carbon sequestration, vadose zone hydrology, and other uses that involve coupled thermal, hydrological, geochemical, and mechanical processes in permeable media.” Note that this coming September, ESD/LBNL will host its acclaimed TOUGH Symposium, with scientists coming from around the world to discuss and expand the uses of TOUGH.
TOUGH Team members include: Stefan Finsterle, Jens Birkholzer, Andrea Cortis, Christine Doughty, James Houseworth, Jihoon Kim, Michael Kowalsky, Hui-Hai Liu, George Moridis, Sumit Mukhopadhyay, Haruko Murakami, Curtis Oldenburg, Lehua Pan, George Pau, Matthew Reagan, Jonny Rutqvist, Tianfu Xu, Keni Zhang, Yingqi Zhang, Quanlin Zhou, Eric Sonnenthal, Nicolas Spycher, Carl Steefel, Carol Valladao, Sam Wright, Sherry Seybold, and Stephen Rice.