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IU and CEEM alumni Dan Hussey receives Arthur S. Flemming Award

July 17, 2016


Dan Hussey, former IU PhD thesis student working under the direction of Mike Snow and David Baxter and now an employee at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) in Gaithersburg, MD, was distinguished with the Arthur S. Flemming Award for his pioneering work in neutron imaging. Established in 1948, the Flemming Awards are designed to celebrate outstanding federal employees for their exceptional contributions to public service. Hussey was one of only 12 employees out of the entire federal workforce selected.

Hussey won the accolade for his efforts developing a highly sensitive neutron phase imaging technique, which has applications in a range of research areas including semiconductors, biology, geology, and alternative energy. A George Washington University press release notes that the techniques he has helped develop are becoming industry standards used by most fuel-cell and battery manufacturers. His work was conducted in close collaboration with the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), whose director, Robert Dimeo, calls the award announcement “marvelous news.” Qualities used to select the winners include their leadership abilities and potential for continued excellence.

"This tremendous recognition of Dan Hussey’s accomplishments is a high honor for both Dan and PML,” says PML Director Jim Olthoff. “On behalf of the lab, I want to congratulate him for his outstanding work.” Hussey himself says he feels humbled “to be recognized along with, and from, the many other federal employees who daily strive to keep our country great.” A ceremony lauding the winners took place on June 6 at the George Washington University.

Dan Hussey is a physicist with the Neutron Physics Group in NIST's Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML), Radiation Physics Division. His previous honors include the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, 2009.

The Flemming Awards honor outstanding federal employees with three to 15 years of federal service for their exceptional contributions to the federal government. Recipients are nominated by their federal agency and then selected from a pool of nominees through a competitive judging process. Awardees are selected based on their work performance and factors such as leadership, social equity support, and their potential for continued excellence. The award is named after quintessential public servant Arthur S. Flemming, who served in government for more than six decades spanning seven administrations and including service as the secretary of health, education and welfare under President Eisenhower.