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Lawrence Livermore materials scientist Bill Pitz was selected as a 2021 SAE fellow for his career contributions to chemical kinetic modeling of transportation fuels. Pitz was one of two national laboratory scientists selected as a 2021 fellow. Established in 1977, SAE fellow status is the highest grade of membership bestowed by SAE International to members from industry and academia.

The SAE fellow program honors long-term members who have made a significant impact on the mobility industry through leadership, research, publishing, innovation, and volunteering. This new class of fellows are recognized for outstanding engineering and scientific accomplishments that have resulted in meaningful advances in automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicle technology.

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded two Livermore scientists with the 2021 Early Career Research Program Award. This year’s award honored 83 scientists nationwide and marked the program’s 12th year. The Early Career Research Program aims to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during crucial early years when many scientists do their most formative work.

Xue Zheng, a scientist in the Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division in Livermore’s Physical and Life Sciences Directorate, was recognized by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research for her work on aerosol-cloud processes. In her research, Zheng analyzes atmospheric observations and climate models to advance the understanding of cloud response to aerosols over ocean and land. Andrea Schmidt, a physicist in the National Security Engineering Division in Livermore’s Engineering Directorate, was recognized by the Office of Fusion Energy Sciences for her work in neutron yield scaling with currents in dense-plasma focus discharges magnetically driven by Z-pinch plasmas.