3 Los Alamos researchers receive Laboratory Fellows’ Prizes

Kim, Linn lauded for research; McCabe honored for leadership

October 12, 2023

From left: Yu Seung Kim, Rodman Linn and Kirsten Taylor-McCabe.

Three Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers have received Laboratory Fellows’ Prizes: Yu Seung Kim and Rodman Linn received the Fellows’ Prize for research and Kirsten Taylor-McCabe received the Fellows’ Prize for Leadership.

“This year’s Fellows’ Prize recipients exemplify the excellence in research and leadership we strive for at the Laboratory,” said Mark Chadwick, deputy director for Science, Technology and Engineering. “I congratulate Yu Seung, Rod and Kirsten and thank them for their contributions to the Laboratory and our mission.”

Research Prize

Yu Seung Kim, of the Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices group, was awarded the Fellows’ Prize for Research for his seminal work in the polymer-electrolyte membrane fuel cells and electrolyzers, developing innovative materials that enable resolving the most challenging technical problems in this field. Known for his contributions to material interactions, synthetic chemistry and electrochemical characterization, Kim’s work has inspired the fuel-cell community and had a direct influence on the direction of research worldwide in this field.

Rodman Linn, of the Energy and Natural Resources Security group, was awarded the Fellows’ Prize for Research for his seminal work in developing modeling tools that have transformed our understanding of wildfire propagation and supporting national security. Known as a leader in wildfire and prescribed fire modeling, his modeling tools have received numerous R&D 100 awards. His work spans many agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of Defense.

Leadership Prize

Kirsten Taylor-McCabe, of the National Security and Defense Program Office, was awarded the Fellows’ Prize in Leadership for her leadership in Global Security and Biodefense programs and for creating a new landscape of emerging threat-related biomedical research at the Laboratory. Known for her major role in biothreat deterrence programs and helping to establish new channels of mission-related life sciences research relevant to safeguarding the nation, her work is highly regarded within the biosecurity and defense community, the White House, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the intelligence community and across the nation.