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Flanagan Earns Distinguished Career Award From Fusion Board
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 15, 1994 — Charles A. Flanagan of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been presented the Distinguished Career Award by the Fusion Power Associates Board of Directors.
Flanagan received the award from Stephen O. Dean at the organization's annual meeting and symposium in San Diego, Calif. He was praised for "providing many years of dedicated service to the fusion program and having been a leader in the effort to move the program into its engineering development stage."
The award was established in 1987 to recognize individuals who have made distinguished, lifelong contributions that directly or indirectly have benefited fusion. The challenge of fusion is to reproduce on earth the basic energy process of the sun and to use it for the benefit of mankind.
Flanagan began his career in the fusion program with a one-year assignment to ORNL from Westinghouse in 1975. Three years later, he moved to the Laboratory, for Westinghouse, as deputy manager of the Fusion Engineering Design Center (FEDC).
In 1990, following retirement from Westinghouse, he joined Martin Marietta Energy Systems as project coordinator for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) engineering design activities. He became the U.S. ITER Deputy Home Team leader in 1993.
Flanagan received a bachelor's degree in physics from Lafayette College and an MBA degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
He is a member of the American Nuclear Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Flanagan and his wife, Jane, live in Oak Ridge. They have two children.
ORNL, one of DOE's multiprogram national research and development facilities, is managed by Martin Marietta Energy Systems, which also manages the Oak Ridge K-25 Site and the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant.