We will hold the official election of board members at a short annual meeting to be held on February 13, 2018, prior to the monthly luncheon lecture meeting. The meeting location in Oak Ridge is the UT Resource Center, the white-colored building at 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike (State Highway 95) between Taco Bell and Applebee's at the intersection of the Turnpike and Rutgers Ave (at Traffic Light #7).  The agenda for this meeting will be:


11:00 a.m. Socializing and Coffee

11:30 a.m. Lunch (provided by the Soup Kitchen)

11:50 a.m. Annual Meeting for Election of Board Members 

12:00 noon Lecture begins 

12:45 p.m. Q&A 

1:00 p.m. Adjourn


The election process will consist of asking for nominations from the floor, and voting is by voice vote.  


The term of office for board members is (normally) two years and a board member is eligible to succeed to office twice for a total of three consecutive terms.  After three consecutive terms a board member must drop off the board for at least a year.  The by-laws require that 5 board members be elected (or re-elected) each year, and to that end 5 are elected (or re-elected) on even years and 5 on odd years. 


The candidates selected by the nominating committee are listed below along with a short biographical sketch:


Robert N. (Bob) Compton

Bob Compton received BS, MS and PhD degrees in Physics from Berea College, Univ. of Florida and Univ. of Tennessee, respectively.  Compton came to Oak Ridge in 1943 where his father worked on the Calutrons at Y-12. Three summers were spent working at Y-12 and K-25 during his college years and he did a PhD at UT/ORNL as an ORAU Fellow. He retired as a Sr. Corporate Fellow from ORNL after 30 years. After leaving ORNL he taught and performed research as a Professor of Physics and Chemistry at the University of Tennessee and retired after 20 years.  John Stockdale and Compton cofounded Comstock in 1979, a small scientific instruments company in Oak Ridge and sold the company to Vacuum Technologies Inc. two years ago.  He is a Fellow of the AAAS, OSA, and APS.  Awards include the Beams Award of the APS and the Meggers Award from the OSA. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Aarhus, University of Paris, and the FOM Institute in Amsterdam. In 1999, he was an Erskine Fellow at the University of Christchurch, New Zealand. As an Erskine Fellow he also presented eight two-hour lectures on the Manhattan Project to the city of Christchurch. Compton and Mike Duncan (Univ. of Georgia) recently published a book entitled “Laser Experiments for Chemistry and Physics” (Oxford Press.) and he is presently working on a second book on Raman Spectroscopy.  His spare time is spent studying Cosmology as well as playing piano and singing (not very well).


Bob is seeking his first 2-year term on the FORNL board.


Charles C. (Chuck) Coutant

Chuck Coutant was employed by ORNL from March 1970 until retirement in October 2005. He was a 1965 PhD graduate of Lehigh University. He came to ORNL from Battelle-Northwest, Richland, WA, where he conducted laboratory and field studies on salmon and other aquatic life of the Columbia River in relation to the thermal discharges from the Hanford reactors. He joined ORNL’s Environmental Sciences Division to establish an aquatic power plant effects program in anticipation of a surge in nuclear power. He oversaw construction of the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory and a team of 15 research staff. He participated in environmental assessments of thermal and hydroelectric power stations nationwide.  In 1989-1991 he led ORNL’s LDRD Program. From 1989-2005, he served on boards overseeing Columbia River basin salmon restoration. He currently consults part-time, primarily on aquatic impacts for the electric power industry. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Oak Ridge.


Chuck has been a member of the FORNL Board serving as Secretary, Vice President/Program Chair, and President during his previous three-term Board service. After a hiatus, he was reelected in 2016. According to FORNL by-laws, he is eligible for election to a consecutive 2-year term in 2018.


Allen E. (Al) Ekkebus

Al received his MS in Physics from Ohio University and his MA in Library and Information Science from Northern Illinois University. He joined ORNL as head of the ORNL Central Library in November 1981. In 1989, Al began work as Assistant to the ORNL Laboratory Director; during this time, he drafted speeches and communications, and gathered and disseminated information to senior ORNL managers about activities in Washington and elsewhere of potential impact on ORNL. Al moved to the Spallation Neutron Source in 2001 where he initiated the neutron user program, gave tours, coordinated outreach activities with regional, national, and international events to promote ORNL-wide neutron scattering activities, and prepared documents for DOE reports and assessments on user aspects of neutron scattering-supported research. Al retired from ORNL in December 2013. 


Al has previously been Vice President/Program Chair and President of the FORNL Board.  After a hiatus, he is eligible for election to three consecutive 2-year terms starting in 2018.


Vinod Sikka

Vinod holds a PhD. in Metallurgical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 1973, an M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 1970, a B.E. in Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, 1968 and a B.S. in Chemistry, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, 1965.  He worked at ORNL from 1974 to 2008 when he retired. In the ORNL Metals and Ceramics Division he served as a research staff in the mechanical properties group, program manager for the development and commercialization of Super 9Cr-1Mo steel, and Manager of Research & Technology Development.  He was named a Corporate Fellow for UT Battelle.  He currently is President and Director of R&D for a local company, Multisolutions, Inc., Oak Ridge, TN. He is also the CEO ad R&D director for a company that he started with two other partners in 2014 that deals with the novel approaches to treating waste water in oil fields. Vinod lives in Oak Ridge.


Vinod is seeking his third consecutive two-year term on the FORNL board of directors and according to the by-laws is eligible for re-election again in 2018.


Phillip S. (Phil) Sklad

Phil received his Bachelor of Science (1968), Masters of Science (1972), and Doctor of Philosophy (1974) degrees in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduation, he took a position as Research Staff Member in the Metals and Ceramics Division (now named the Materials Science and Technology Division) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The focus of his research covered a wide range of topics including investigation of the irradiation behavior of solid-solution alloys for breeder reactor applications, and analytical electron microscopy investigations of advanced ceramic systems for energy applications. He spent a year (1982-1983) as Guest Scientist at the Institute für Festkörperforschung, Kernforschungsanlage, Jülich, Germany. In 1992, he assumed duties as Technical Project Manager of Oak Ridge National Laboratory activities focused on energy intensive industries, sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Industrial Materials Program. From 1993 through 2011, he served as Field Technical Manager for DOE’s Lightweight Materials Program as well as the High Strength Weight Reduction Technologies Program, responsible for projects in the area of metals and alloys for transportation. Phil retired from ORNL in 2011 and lives in Oak Ridge.  Since retirement he has been active in a number of volunteer organizations including ORICLE and Friends of ORNL, where is presently a member of the Board of Directors.


Phil is seeking his second consecutive 2-year term of three possible on the FORNL board.


Outgoing Board Members

We extend our sincere appreciation for their service to Herb Krause and Bob Olson, who have completed three consecutive 2-year terms and are not eligible to be elected and serve as voting board members. Herb Krause agreed to serve as a board adjunct (with no voting rights) to oversee the successful transfer of computer and hardcopy records and computer notification procedures of the secretary to other FORNL board members.


--Herb Krause, FORNL Secretary