Argonne National Laboratory

Kaminski honored by Hispanic engineering magazine

By Angela HardinApril 14, 2010

ARGONNE, Ill. – The editors of Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine (HE&IT) have selected materials engineer Michael Kaminski, of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, for the prestigious "40 under 40 in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics" for 2010.

New this year, the 40 under 40 are America’s next Hispanic leaders under the age of 40 who are shaping America’s future. They are early-career women and men who have made a great impact on shaping technology for the future.

Kaminski is a principal materials engineer in Argonne's Nuclear Forensics and Nanoscale Engineering groups and is principal investigator and inventor on several projects. He is responsible for advanced radioactive waste form development for DOE. Kaminski has developed technologies for decontamination of nuclear facilities and urban centers following a radionuclide release. He is also developing medical applications of micro- and nano-magnetic particles for selective separation of radionuclides and biological toxins from biological fluids for several agencies.

In addition to his technical activities, Kaminski is a founding member and president of Argonne’s Hispanic Latino Club, whose mission is to encourage careers in science and technology to Hispanic youth in the Chicagoland area.

HE&IT editors conducted extensive research on thousands of employees from corporations and government agencies, then evaluated and selected the 40 under 40 based on excellence in their work, strong commitment to their communities and leadership as role models for young and upcoming leaders.

Profiles of the 40 under 40 will be featured in the spring edition of HE&IT magazine, to be published in April 2010. HE&IT magazine is distributed to thousands of engineering students at Hispanic-serving institutions and to Hispanic professionals, high-level government and industry policy makers and executives across the country.