Lonnie J. Love received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Love began his career at ORNL in October 1995 as a research staff member. He is currently a distinguished research scientist in the Energy and Transportation Science Division and group leader of the Manufacturing Systems Research Group. He has made major contributions at ORNL as a researcher, a leader, and an innovator in advanced robotics and additive manufacturing. His research has most recently focused on large-scale and high-speed advanced additive manufacturing and 3-D printing. Other research areas include nanofermentation (bacterial synthesis of nanomaterials for quantum dots), mesoscale hydraulics and blending additive manufacturing with fluid-powered systems in research and development directed toward producing lightweight, high-dexterity, and low-cost prosthetic devices.
Dr. Love has shown extensive leadership capabilities in directing multiple projects, serving as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on projects for DOE, organizations within the US Department of Defense, and private industry through a number of funding arrangements, including Work for Others and cooperative research and development agreements.
Dr. Love has 6 issued patents and 20 patents pending. He has authored or co-authored numerous publications, including 3 books, 20 journal articles, and 9 technical reports, and has made presentations at 39 national and international conferences. Among the many awards that Dr. Love has received recently are two R&D 100 Awards. He also received the 2014 Woodie Flowers Award, given by U.S. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) for effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design, for his outstanding adult mentorship during FIRST robotic competitions. Dr. Love is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Dr. Love dedicates numerous hours of personal time to teach and encourage students on the high school, undergraduate, and graduate college levels, fostering an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
He was named a corporate fellow in 2015.