UDI Leaders Bhaduri and Wagner Elected 2017 AAAS Fellows

Mon, 01/01/2018

Researchers Budhendra Bhaduri and Robert Wagner of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Urban Dynamics Institute (UDI) have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of their substantial contributions to science and technology and demonstrated leadership across disciplines.

An international non-profit, the AAAS is dedicated “to advancing science for the benefit of all people.” Fellows from diverse disciplines are elected annually based on merit for significant “efforts to advance science or its applications.”

From ORNL, Urban Dynamics Institute Director Budhendra Bhaduri (left) and National Transportation Research Center Director Robert Wagner (right) were elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2017. Image credit: Jason Richards; Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US Dept. of Energy.

Bhaduri heads the UDI as the institute’s founding director. He is also a Corporate Research Fellow at ORNL who leads the Geographic Information Science and Technology group for the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division. Bhaduri manages a diverse research portfolio supporting the US Department of Energy and priority research in energy, environment, and national and homeland security. In directing the UDI, he effectiv

ely brings together researchers from across the laboratory to explore interdisciplinary research and development initiatives focused on the unique challenges and opportunities of urbanization.

The AAAS Council endorsed Bhaduri for his global impact and influence on geographic information science and its applications, specifically highlighting the critical progress in human dimensions of risk assessment, disaster management, infrastructure support, and energy and national security.

Wagner guides the UDI’s focus on advancing transportation science as the institute’s theme lead for Sustainable Mobility. He also serves as director of the National Transportation Research Center at ORNL and is a leading researcher in the laboratory’s Energy and Transportation Science Division. His achievements in transitioning the fundamental science of high-efficiency combustion to applied systems have been instrumental in advancing next-generation energy and transportation technologies.

Wagner was cited by the AAAS Council for his “distinguished contributions to the fields of combustion and fuel science, particularly for seminal research on combustion instabilities and abnormal combustion phenomena.”

Newly elected fellows will be formally honored during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting in February.

For more information on Bhaduri and Wagner, please visit https://www.ornl.gov/staff-profile/budhendra-l-bhaduri and https://www.ornl.gov/staff-profile/robert-m-wagner, respectively.

With individual members in more than 91 countries around the globe, the AAAS is the world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through its Science family of journals. For more information on the AAAS and its fellows, visit https://www.aaas.org/.—By Ashley Huff