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Farragut engineer earns award


Farragut resident Johney Boyd Green Jr., a researcher with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been recognized as one of the 50 most important black research scientists in the United States, according to Science Spectrum magazine.

This award was presented to Green at an Emerald Awards Conference in September at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.

“I received this award because the publisher of the Science Spectrum magazine has a database set up listing all of the engineers and a panel reviews all of the criteria and selects the top fifty,” Green said.


Green was selected for his contributions to automotive research and for his highly visible role as a minority scientist and as role model to students and others.

“My research included investigating low temperature combustion machines in order to operate diesel engines more cleanly,” he said.

Green earned a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from the University of Memphis before receiving a Master’s Degree and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

He has been at ORNL for more than nine years and is currently a manager, responsible for the supervision of 30 associates. As manager, Green is the fuels, engines and emissions research group leader and specializes in the detailed characterization of internal combustion engine efficiency and emissions. He is also is responsible for the research and development budget of $12 million.

Green has garnered several awards, including an ORNL technical achievement award in 1999 and the Black Engineer of the Year award in 2000. He has had several research papers published. Most of the publications discuss the reduction of emissions in diesel engines.

He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma, the National Engineering Honor Society and Mechanical Engineering Honor Societies.

Green and his wife, Tonya, live in Farragut with their son ,Johney III, and their newborn daughter, Lela.

 

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