Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) is essential; providing a means to maintain scientific and technical vitality by funding highly innovative, high-risk, potentially high-value research and development (R&D). INL's diverse LDRD portfolio explores scientific and engineering concepts — including advanced reactor modeling, nuclear waste reduction and fuel recycling — to develop DOE-NE’s needs. INL's LDRD research stimulates exploration at the forefront of cybersecurity, electric grid reliability and wireless technology.  The forward-looking nature of the lab's R&D strengthens the DOE mission by advancing hybrid energy systems and evolving energy security needs.

FY 2013 Awards and Recognition

Melissa Teague

The fuel performance and design scientist was recognized with the Young Scientist Award at the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) Spring Symposium in Strasbourg, France.  The award was presented for her dissertation work, which included her LDRD research.  She earned her doctorate from the Colorado School of Mines while working full time at INL.  She was also one of a dozen women nationally honored at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Rising Stars in Nuclear Science and Engineering Symposium.  Melissa is principal investigator on two LDRD projects related to microstructural characterization of nuclear fuel performance (projects 12-031 and 13-023)

Aaron Wilson - R&D 100

The INL researcher led a team that developed Switchable Polarity Solvent Forward Osmosis (SPS FO), which combined two known processes to create an innovative new water-filtration system for highly concentrated industrial wastewater. This technology can turn wastewater back into potable water more efficiently and less expensively that existing methods. The team won a 2013 R&D 100 Award and an Outstanding Technology Development Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium Far West Region. LDRD provided funding for the work, and Aaron is principal investigator on another LDRD project (projects 10-092 and 12-096).

Ben Langhorst

The materials scientist earned INL's Mentor of the Year Award for his work with Washington State University undergraduate student Andrew Robinson.  During Andrew's 10-week internship at INL, Ben guided his work on an LDRD project to characterize the performance benefits of using polymers in advanced lightweight armor to protect vehicles used by military, law enforcement and emergency responders.  Andrew said the work inspired him to explore graduate degree programs in the field (project 12-017)