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Argonne's Ali Erdemir elected to National Academy of Engineering for pivotal discoveries in tribology

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Erdemir recognized for his distinguished contributions to the science of interacting surfaces.

Distinguished Fellow Ali Erdemir from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to engineers.

The NAE recognizes Erdemir for his distinguished contributions to the science and technology of friction, wear and lubrication. Erdemir, a program lead in Argonne's Applied Materials Division, develops new materials, coatings and lubricants with his research team to reduce friction and wear, maximizing efficiency and durability in moving mechanical systems. The discoveries and innovations stemming from his work have earned him six R&100 Awards and 23 U.S. patents.

"This honor reflects the power of the national laboratories. Argonne is full of dedicated scientists and engineers whose consistent and pioneering research has long been advancing the frontiers of science and making a positive impact on our society."  -- Ali Erdemir

"I feel honored to be recognized alongside such innovative and accomplished engineers from industry, academia and the government," said Erdemir. ?"This honor reflects the power of the national laboratories. Argonne is full of dedicated scientists and engineers whose consistent and pioneering research has long been advancing the frontiers of science and making a positive impact on our society."

Erdemir has authored or co-authored more than 300 papers. In collaboration with the national laboratories, academia and industry, his research is improving technology for fields including manufacturing and transportation. He is the President of the International Tribology Council and was 2016-2017 President of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.

The NAE, a part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, cultivates a strong community of engineers who provide engineering leadership and insight to the nation. The organization elected the new members on Feb. 7, and the induction ceremony for the NAE Class of 2019 will take place on Oct. 6, during the NAE Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit the Office of Science website.

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