ASCR Funded R&D100 Awards

ASCR-Funded Research Projects Win Two R&D100 Awards for 2006

October 19, 2006
Washington, D.C. - Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman today congratulated researchers at 12 DOE national laboratories who won 41 of the 100 awards given by R&D Magazine. The awards are presented annually in recognition of the most outstanding technology developments with commercial potential. R&D Magazine will make the awards tonight at its 44th annual R&D 100 Awards ceremony in Chicago. Two of the DOE- funded awards were supported by the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research.

“DOE’s research labs across the country are making discoveries every day that enhance our nation’s energy, economic and national security,” Secretary Bodman said. “I congratulate the researchers who have won this prestigious award and thank them for maintaining our country’s competitive edge in science and technology.”

The R&D 100 Awards recognize the most promising new products, materials or software developed throughout the world and introduced to the market the previous year. Awards are based on each achievement’s technical significance, uniqueness and usefulness compared to competing projects and technologies. The award-winning technologies and products were selected by the editors of R&D Magazine and a panel of outside experts. Widely recognized in the industry, government and academia as a mark of excellence for the most innovative ideas of the year, the R&D 100 Awards are the only industry-wide competition rewarding practical applications of science.

Since the R&D Magazine annual competition began in 1962, DOE-funded researchers have won 739 R&D 100s. Information about the researchers is available at the following link: RD 100 Awards.

The complete list of 2006 R&D 100 Awards appears in the September 2006 issue of R&D Magazine ( The winners will be recognized at R&D Magazine’s 44th annual awards banquet to be held tonight in Chicago, where the magazine is based.

A list of the winning technologies and the DOE national laboratories associated with each award follows. Links to the laboratories’ news releases about their 2006 R&D 100 Awards are provided.

ASCR-Funded 2006 R&D Award Winners

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, Calif.)

  • Sapphire, a new technology that can analyze algorithms allowing the exploration of large, complex and multidimensional data sets. Sapphire is being applied to a variety of disciplines including remote sensory imagery, climate simulations and astronomy.
  • Babel, a new tool that assists computer scientists that face language incompatibilities among the software libraries they use. Babel enables cross language communication and allows scientists to cheaply integrate any library into their scientific application.

Select the following link to read the LLNL press release:

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