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PNNL's Steven Ashby elected AAAS Fellow

November 25, 2013 Share This!

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RICHLAND, Wash. – The deputy director for science and technology at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been elected to the rank of Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.

Steven Ashby was elected in the mathematics section for "exceptional technical contributions and scientific leadership in applied mathematics and computational science, particularly the development of novel numerical methods and robust software for parallel computers, as well as for exemplary service to the field of computational science and engineering."

He has focused his research on a variety of important problems, including groundwater contamination. He has been an advocate for computational science through various professional society activities and involvement in national computing initiatives.

Ashby oversees integration of PNNL's science and technology capabilities to address some of America's most pressing challenges in science, energy, the environment and national security. Toward this goal, he leads institutional strategic planning activities and manages an internal discretionary research portfolio. He also oversees laboratory-wide efforts to elevate PNNL's standing in the broader scientific community and to engage industry.

Additionally, Ashby currently serves as the chair of DOE's National Laboratory Chief Research Officers Council, which advises national laboratory directors and DOE senior leadership on scientific and programmatic topics.

AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people. The organization's council annually elects members whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished."

PNNL now has 44 active staff members who hold the rank of AAAS Fellow. Ashby will be recognized along with the rest of the 2013 class of Fellows at the AAAS annual meeting in Chicago in February.

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