Dr. Brian Looney

2006 Fred C. Davison Distinguished Scientist Award

Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Brian B. Looney of the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is the recipient of the 2006 CNTA Distinguished Scientist Award. This lifetime achievement award, which honors scientists and engineers who have made outstanding contributions during their careers, was presented at the CNTA's 15th Annual Edward Teller Lecture and Banquet, on November 2, 2006.

Dr. Looney is a Senior Advisory Engineer at SRNL, and is recognized both nationally and internationally for his technical expertise, leadership, and scientific contributions in environmental remediation, site characterization, contaminant geochemistry, and modeling. In all elements of his work, he stresses the use of natural forces and processes for cleanup, to minimize additional disruption to the environment. He is a leader in this new scientific direction of "green chemistry" and environmental sustainability, ideals that are becoming more mainstream. "Bioremediation" involves the targeted injection of nutrients into contaminated soil or waters to assist naturally occurring microorganisms in breaking down complex hazardous organic compounds, which then become nonhazardous or can be removed more readily.

He is a skilled communicator of complex technical material, and is frequently invited to present at national conferences, seminars, and meetings. He traveled to Russia to work with Russian scientists applying SRNL-developed technologies to the cleanup of contaminated sites in the former Soviet Union.

Dr. Looney has numerous publications; is active in national technical societies; holds eight patents for environmental technologies; and has received numerous awards. He is the recipient of two R&D 100 Awards for work in bioremediation techniques; one for development and commercialization of "In Situ Bioremediation of Chlorinated Solvents with Natural Gas"; and another for the PHOSter™ system for applying phosphorous to accelerate bioremediation.

At the Lecture, Dr. Todd Crawford presented Dr. Looney with an inscribed crystal bowl.

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