Ceremony

Please join the Department of Energy in celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of the 2021 Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellows.

The virtual awards ceremony honoring the 2021 Distinguished Scientist Fellows will be livestreamed on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 3:00 PM ET.

The ceremony is open to the public.
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Proceedings will include a brief awards ceremony presentation followed by a roundtable Q&A with the 2021 Distinguished Fellows. Fellows will share stories about their contributions to science, professional experiences, career trajectories, and working at the DOE National Laboratories.

The ceremony program can be viewed here,

The ceremony will be recorded and made available online.


The Distinguished Scientist Fellows award, authorized by the America COMPETES Act, is bestowed on DOE National Laboratory scientists with outstanding records of achievement and provides each Fellow with $1 million over three years to support activities that develop, sustain, and promote scientific and academic excellence in DOE Office of Science research.

The 2021 DOE Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellows are:

Dr. Gregory W. Hammett - Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

For leading the development of the quantitative theory and simulation of plasma turbulence in fusion and astrophysics, and for educating and mentoring a diverse group of graduate students and early career researchers.

Dr. Jay Keasling - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

For national scientific leadership in synthetic biology that has advanced DOE’s strategy in renewable energy, especially the realization of biofuels and bioproducts that enable biomanufacturing at scale, and inspire and grow the U.S. bioeconomy.

Dr. L. Ruby Leung - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

For pioneering new approaches in climate modeling, the discovery of unexpected impacts of regional climate change, and understanding extreme weather events and their future changes.