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WASHINGTON – The Energy Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Paul D. Jablonski, Metallurgist at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, has been selected as a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal from the Partnership for Public Service, recognizing him for his revolutionary development of coronary stent technology.

Jablonski developed a stent made of a platinum-chromium alloy, making it visible to an x-ray, and also enhancing the stent’s safety and reliability.  Stents were previously made only of bare metal, and some are coated with medication to prevent narrowing of the arteries.  This technology is no longer necessary because of Jablonski’s development.

“The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals recognize federal employees who stand out for their exceptional dedication and creativity, and for daring greatly in order to help their fellow Americans.  These nominees have earned our thanks and congratulations for their contributions to our Nation,” said Acting Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman. “Dr. Jablonski’s development of the platinum-chromium alloy reinvented the coronary stent, offering new hope and relief to the millions of Americans who suffer from heart disease.”

Dr. Jablonski has served the Department for the past 11 years; he received his Doctorate in Metallurgy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is originally from Bay City, Mont., and currently lives in Salem, Ore., with his wife and two sons.

The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize the federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve by transforming the way government works.  Learn more about the awards HERE.