Distinguished Scientist Fellows


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.


Dr. Jacqueline Chen – Sandia National Laboratories/California

For advancing frontiers in the fields of combustion and high-performance computing through petascale direct numerical simulations and for mentoring and inspiring generations of researchers.

Dr. James De Yoreo – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

For transformational discoveries that have reshaped our understanding of materials synthesis from complex nucleation pathways to hierarchical assembly, for leadership in National Laboratory-University partnerships, and for dedication to mentoring the next generation of scientists.

Dr. Cynthia Keppel – Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

For contributions to the exploration of the quark structure of hadrons and nuclei through electron scattering, and creating successful collaborations across disciplines, including electron and neutrino scattering, theory and experiment, and nuclear and medical applications.


Dr. Sally Dawson Brookhaven National Laboratory

For seminal contributions to the discovery of the Higgs particle through theoretical predictions, and a leadership role in thoroughly exploring the Higgs Boson and electroweak physics in research at particle accelerators.

Dr. Ian Foster Argonne National Laboratory

For trailblazing work in distributed and high performance computing with fundamental and long-lasting impacts on both computer science as a discipline and the practice of computing across the Office of Science.

Dr. Joshua Frieman – Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

For pioneering advances in the science of dark energy and cosmic acceleration, including leading the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-II Supernova Survey, co-founding the Dark Energy Survey and service as its Director.

Dr. Barbara Jacak Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

For leadership in discovering and characterizing the hottest, densest matter in the universe - the quark gluon plasma - and in building collaborations and training scientists at the frontiers of nuclear physics.

Dr. José Rodriguez Brookhaven National Laboratory

For discoveries of the atomic basis of surface catalysis for the synthesis of sustainable fuels, and for significantly advancing in-situ methods of investigation using synchrotron light sources.