She is an environmental geochemist with research interests focusing on how chemical reactions can increase the efficiency of producing energy while minimizing environmental impacts, and how to monitor the sources of fluids and gases in natural systems. Her specialties include natural gas, carbon capture and storage, and carbon dioxide storage. She earned her bachelor’s in geosciences with a certificate in environmental studies from Princeton University in 2003, and her doctorate in the School of Earth Sciences at Ohio State University in 2008 where she was a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science to Achieve Results graduate fellow. She started as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) post-doctoral research associate at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in 2008 and became a NETL research physical scientist in the Office of Research and Development in 2009. While at NETL, she has led multiple projects related to onshore unconventional shale gas development. She received the 2017 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the 2016 Federal Executive Board Women in Science Bronze Award. She’s also contributed her expertise to a variety of publications and manuscripts with numerous upcoming presentations and authorships.
He is responsible for the development of science-based simulations for use in accelerating energy technology development. He was architect of the widely used, open-source multiphase CFD code, known as Multiphase Flow with Interphase eXchanges (MFIX), and led the development of software for linking process- and device-scale simulations and the C3M chemical kinetics software. As a fellow of the American Academy of Chemical Engineers, he specializes in multiphase flow, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), fluidization, and various energy processes. He is a founding technical director of National Energy Technology Laboratory’s Carbon Capture Simulation Initiative (CCSI). He has received numerous awards, such as the Energy Secretary’s Achievement Honor Award and American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Fluidization Process Recognition Award. His many publications address topics, such as gasifier advanced simulation models; multiphase hydrodynamics of gas-solids flow; modeling coal gasification processes; hydrodynamics of particle segregation in fluidized beds; and simulation of granular layer inversion in liquid fluidized beds. He has a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi, and a master’s and doctorate from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
He is the technology manager of National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) Natural Gas and Oil Research and Development (R&D) program. In this capacity, he manages an R&D portfolio encompassing advanced technology projects ranging from basic energy science (modeling, materials development, sensors, controls) through large-scale field demonstrations and includes natural gas (shale gas), enhanced oil recovery, deepwater oil and gas production, and methane hydrates. He has 17 years of diversified engineering and management experience that spans a broad spectrum of technology areas including electric power generation, advanced greenhouse gas control, process control, coal conversion processes (oxycombustion, gasification and chemical looping), thermoelectric water management, and simulation/systems analysis.
Previously at NETL, he served as director of the Office of Coal and Power R&D Program and technology manager of the Carbon Capture Program and Engineering Systems Analyst. Prior to joining NETL, he worked as a chemical engineer for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and as a research/process engineer for Calgon Carbon Corporation. He has a bachelor’s and master’s in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Wendy Kuhne is a Fellow Scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory. She has a M.S. in Wildlife Science and a Ph.D. in Radiological Health Sciences specializing in Radioecology. She completed post-doctoral studies at the Medical College of Georgia in the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics under a National Research Service Award, by the National Institutes of Health. She has more than 10 years of experience in the areas of radioecology and radiation biology. Her research focuses on the transport and movement of radionuclides through the environment and uptake into human and non-human biota (plants, trees, and wildlife). She has experience in measuring biological responses to exposure to ionizing radiation including DNA damage endpoints, DNA repair processes, and genomic and proteomic level responses. Her work has involved chronic low dose exposures and acute exposure from low-LET gamma rays and high-LET alpha, protons, and secondary neutrons associated with space travel. Dr. Kuhne is a member of the International Union of Radioecology and she is the Past-President of the Environmental and Radon Section of the Health Physics Society.
Dr. James A. Dyer (Jim) is an Advisory Engineer in the Environmental Modeling Group at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in Aiken, South Carolina. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University, MCE in Environmental Engineering from the University of Delaware, and Ph.D. in Environmental Soil Chemistry from the University of Delaware. Before joining SRNL in 2016, Jim spent 32 years with the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware where he was a Chemical Engineering Principal Consultant in DuPont Engineering Research and Technology. Jim is an innovative leader in applying chemical and environmental engineering principles, know-how, and simulation tools to solve challenging technical problems of significant environmental concern. He has thirty-four years combined experience in plant process engineering, environmental and chemical engineering consulting, process and product development, and project engineering. Jim’s areas of expertise include mercury fate and transport, soil and groundwater remediation, geochemical modeling, reaction kinetics, aqueous thermodynamics, water and wastewater treatment, air emissions control, and pollution prevention. He is an experienced user of The Geochemist’s Workbench, OLI Software Suite, and HELP model.
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