ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A decade ago, while studying potential corrosion of containers for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada, Sandia National Laboratories materials scientist David Enos designed an intricate solution to a sticky problem.

Temperatures would rise above 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit), and the environment would be nearly pure steam; the corrosion science team he led had no way of recreating those conditions in the lab.

He rigged a steam generator to pipe directly into a sealed test chamber inside the belly of an oven, creating what may be the world's smallest and most unbearable sauna.

The Yucca Mountain research and other innovative solutions earned Enos election as a fellow of NACE International, the chief professional society for corrosion engineering.

He is the first Sandia employee to receive the honor.

The organization cites Enos' "significant contributions to corrosion science and engineering for protecting materials in complex environments, his leadership and for mentoring a number of students in the field of corrosion."

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