Special Report - Celebrating 40 Years of Science & Discovery
A look to the future
With 40 years of science and technology accomplishments behind it, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is poised for growth in several areas.
In response to the growing emphasis on advanced computing in research, PNNL recently made its computational sciences group a full-fledged directorate. "The power of computation, with its ability to model and simulate, is now viewed as a third pillar, along with theory and experiment, in the process of scientific discovery," said PNNL Director Len Peters. In a related move, PNNL recently acquired access to a new fiber optic path to Seattle. This new high-speed connection and increased bandwidth will support PNNL's research programs in homeland and cyber security, information visualization, and human and environmental health.
A focus on substantive partnerships with select organizations will help the Laboratory join its scientific capabilities with others to solve problems that couldn't be done alone. "We are committed to strengthening our existing regional partnerships and reaching out to new partners," said Peters.