Michael L. Simpson Elected IEEE Fellow

Michael L. Simpson, leader of the Nanofabrication Research Laboratory in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at the November 18, 2007, meeting of the IEEE Board of Directors. Election as an IEEE Fellow recognizes unusual distinction in the profession, honoring important contributions to the advancement or application of engineering, science and technology that bring the realization of significant value to society. Simpson was cited for his “contributions to nanotechnology in engineering devices and biology.”

In addition to his position with CNMS, Simpson also holds a Joint Faculty appointment with the rank of Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Simpson has published approximately 115 peer-reviewed publications and presented more than 40 invited lectures at national and international conferences. He has been an invited participant at two of the National Academies’ Keck Futures Initiative workshops in 2004 and 2005 and served as the co-chair for the 1st and 2nd Bio-, Micro-, and Nanosystems Biology Conferences sponsored by the American Society of Microbiology and IEEE-EMBS, in 2003 and 2006. Simpson has been granted 24 U.S. Patents and was recently named a Battelle Memorial Institute Distinguished Inventor.

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