Summers to receive Robert E. Wilson Award
Dr. William A. Summers of the Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory has been named to receive this year’s Robert E. Wilson Award at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual meeting in Pittsburgh from Oct. 28 through Nov. 2.
The Robert E. Wilson award is the oldest award presented by a Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The award was first presented by the Nuclear Engineering Division in 1967, and is made to an individual for outstanding chemical engineering contributions and achievements in the nuclear industry.
Summers is a program manager in the Clean Energy Directorate at SRNL. He serves as the manager for the nuclear fuel cycle R&D program at the laboratory, as well as providing senior leadership for the development and management of a wide range of other energy-related technology programs. Summers was instrumental in establishing the hydrogen energy program at SRNL and he served as project manager for the development of the world’s first hydrogen hybrid-electric transit bus.
Summers has been at SRS since 1992. Before joining SRNL, he worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp. on the development of a variety of advanced energy systems, including solar, hydrogen, fuel cells, gas processing and others. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in energy resources and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.