Lab Director's Columns and Opinion Pieces
PNNL detecting and preventing the use of chemical weapons
Published in the Tri-City Herald, April 2017, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby
Like detectives looking for clues, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been working for nearly a decade on ways to identify the "fingerprints" of potential chemical threats. Read more...
Skating to where the puck will be
Published in the Tri-City Herald, March 2017, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby
The "Great One" of hockey fame, Wayne Gretzky, said the secret to his success was skating to where the puck would be, not where it has been. Great organizations are similar: they anticipate their customers' needs and then meet those needs before— and better —than anyone else. Read more...
PNNL helps Hanford cleanup
Published in the Tri-City Herald, February 2017, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby
Cleaning up Hanford is no easy task: it is one of the world's largest and most complex environmental remediation projects. The nation's top engineering firms are on the job and the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is helping. Read more...
PNNL Director Steven Ashby's Presentations
Event: Naturalization Ceremony, U.S. District Courthouse, 2016, November 15, Richland, WA
Title: Steve Ashby's remarks at Nov. 15, 2016 Naturalization Ceremony
Summary: As an invited speaker at a naturalization ceremony at the Federal Building in Richland, Wash., PNNL Lab Director Steve Ashby welcomed 18 new American citizens, telling them, "As Americans we have much to be thankful for. Among the things for which I am grateful is living in a nation that embraces diversity, that welcomes and respects cultures from around the world and that still serves as a beacon of freedom and opportunity."
Remarks from November 15, 2016 naturalization ceremony.
U.S.-China Open New Nuclear Security Training Facility in Beijing
The first nuclear security training center in the Asian-Pacific region was recently dedicated by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and dignitaries from the China Atomic Energy Authority. The facility will address the country's domestic nuclear security training requirements and provide a forum for bilateral and regional best-practice exchanges. It also offers a venue for demonstrating advanced technologies related to nuclear security.
PNNL Lab Director Steven Ashby was among those who commemorated the facility. Since 2010, PNNL staff have been preparing instructor capabilities and curriculum for the new training facility. They also will provide assistance to the Chinese in operating the facility during its first year. Check out the Seattle Times perspective as well as the Tri-City Herald article.