A mobile radar system for inspecting bridges. Laser pulses to strengthen metal. A new kind of key that uses lasers. An imaging system that reveals the insides of teeth. A novel method to measure temperature. Computer software that boosts semiconductor production. And a detector to aid optics manufacturing efficiency.|
These inventions by Lawrence Livermore researchers and their industrial partners were recently honored by R&D Magazine as seven of the top 100 technological achievements of the past year. Every year, the magazine honors the breakthrough products and processes that promise to improve people's lives. Livermore's awards for 1998 impact the construction, metalworking, semiconductor, security, medical, and optics industries. In-depth descriptions of Livermore's winning technologies begin on p. 4.
Our seven awards for 1998 match Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's for the top spot among research institutions. This year's total also matches our previous best set in 1987, 1988, and 1997 and brings to 75 the number of R&D 100 Awards won by Livermore researchers since 1978. Of course, this award is only one marker of technological achievement, but given the tough competition involving the world's top corporations, government labs, private research institutes, and universities, this Laboratory has shown it can compete with the best of the best.
In total, DOE laboratories won 30 of this year's 100 awards and shared in two additional winning entries. Clearly, the DOE labs are performing some of the best applied science research in the world and yielding products that offer significant potential for commercialization.
Once again, researchers from Livermore's Laser Programs led the way, winning or sharing in five of our awards. Laser Programs has now been involved in 39 of the Laboratory's awards. However, the awards are also indicative of strong teaming across directorates, especially in the healthcare technologies.
This year, I am particularly proud of the list of outside agencies and companies that are award co-recipients and contributors. These organizations include the Federal Highway Administration, Metal Improvement Co. Inc., University of Connecticut Health Center, OptiPro Systems Inc., Center for Optics Manufacturing, and American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association.
Finally, I want to recognize Livermore's Industrial Partnerships and Commercialization Office, which coordinated the Laboratory's entries for this year's competition. The men and women in this office help American businesses access Livermore technological breakthroughs for new commercial products and services.
The award-winning technologies and their creators are:
Congratulations to all the award recipients. The R&D 100 Awards receive considerable recognition nationwide; our success at Livermore reflects the world-class research conducted here and the collaborative efforts of our programs.