PNNL Scientists Recognized for Achievements
Four scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Labs have been selected to join the Washington State Academy of Sciences.
Steven Ashby, Ted Bowyer, Allison Campbell and Ruby Leung will join other scientists and engineers from across the state being recognized for outstanding scientific achievement and leadership.
Academy members provide expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making, and work to increase the role and visibility of science in Washington state.
The academy was created in 2005 and consists of more than 180 members from diverse academic disciplines and industries, including aerospace, agriculture, computer, science, energy, engineering, ecology and transportation.
PNNL now has eight current staff members in the academy, including the four new inductees. Additionally, current academy president-elect Subhash Singhal is a retired PNNL engineer who now serves as an independent consultant to the laboratory.
The new members will be honored at the academy's annual meeting in Seattle in September.
Ashby is PNNL's deputy director for Science and Technology, overseeing integration of PNNL's science and technology capabilities to address critical challenges in science, energy, the environment and national security. His research achievements include developing scalable numerical methods and software for the modeling of real-world challenges-such as groundwater contamination-on parallel computing systems.
Bowyer is a PNNL Laboratory Fellow and manager of the laboratory's Nuclear Explosion Monitoring and Policy program. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking research and development of new methods and systems to detect the signatures of nuclear weapons material production and nuclear detonations.
Campbell is the director of EMSL, DOE's Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility located at PNNL. She is nationally recognized for her individual research efforts in the field of biomaterials, including co-inventing a process for producing biologically-compatible coatings for the surface of artificial joint implants that reduce the risk of rejection and extend the life of the implant.
Leung is a PNNL Laboratory Fellow and an internationally recognized leader in regional climate modeling. Her innovative research on modeling regional climate change and its impacts guides national policy makers on decisions relating to water, agriculture, energy, public health and national security.