James Arthur Kohl, Ph.D.

James Arthur Kohl

Title: Research Staff Member
Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

James Arthur Kohl, Ph.D., Research Staff Member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in electrical engineering.

Hired by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1993, Dr. Kohl is a renowned expert on software and computers who was inspired by his father to delve into the field of engineering. His father, a worker at Bell Telephone Laboratories, brought home a computer terminal, which allowed Dr. Kohl to explore how computer systems worked. Later on, he attended computer programming courses in high school, where he learned how to write programs and write basic computer language. As such, he eventually was afforded the opportunity to work alongside scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory, which guided his decision to study computer and electrical engineering in college.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest science and energy laboratory affiliated with the U.S. Department of Energy, where scientists conduct basic and applied research to solve intricate problems in energy and security. Working in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division until 2009, Dr. Kohl was then transferred to the Spallation Neutron Source, a state-of-the-art research facility that houses the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world, where he remains today. Prior to serving Oak Ridge National Laboratory, he worked at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center as an intern and the Argonne National Laboratory as a research assistant between 1983 and 1992.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kohl has contributed myriad articles to professional journals within his areas of expertise and has conducted research in the “Common Component Architecture” (CCA), “MxN” parallel data exchange and coupling with the CCA, the “CUMULVS” system for collaborative parallel data migration, visualization, computational steering and software fault tolerance, and scalable sparse matrix viewers. For his achievements in the field, he was presented with a Best Paper Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2005, having previously been honored with a Division Director’s Award from the Computer Science and Mathematics Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1996. In addition, the laboratory has awarded him with four Significant Event Awards for his various projects.

Equally passionate about his community, Dr. Kohl has lent his time to Community Shares in Knoxville, TN, and the Boy Scouts of America, as well as Eckankar, an international spiritual organization. Likewise, he is an elder and former clerk of session of the West Emory Presbyterian Church and the Presbytery of East Tennessee. In an effort to remain abreast of changes in his areas of interest, he has maintained affiliation with the Order of the Engineer, the Purdue Alumni Association, Mensa International, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.

Dr. Kohl holds a Bachelor of Science in computer and electrical engineering and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Purdue University, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in computer and electrical engineering from the University of Iowa. Notably, he received a presidential graduate fellowship from Purdue University and a graduate fellowship from the department of computer and electrical engineering from the University of Iowa. He has been highlighted in the 63rd edition of Who’s Who in America.

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