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Ray named associate laboratory director at PNNL

April 28, 2006 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Doug Ray has been named associate laboratory director for the Fundamental Science Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Ray will oversee more than 400 staff in research activities focused on advancing fundamental understanding of complex systems across the physical, chemical and biological sciences.

Ray replaces Steve Colson, who is retiring in May.

The Fundamental Science Directorate ,conducts about $100 million of research annually. The work is funded by several federal agencies, most notably the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, but also the National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense and NASA, as well as private industry.

Ray says he plans to continue the directorate's legacy of world leadership in the areas of experimental and theoretical interfacial chemistry, chemical analysis, environmental microbiology, applied proteomics, climate physics and integrated assessment, and expand in systems biology, interfacial catalysis, self-assembled materials, carbon management and aerosol science.

Ray will continue to serve as PNNL’s chief research officer while a search is conducted to find a replacement. As CRO, Ray is responsible for defining and advancing PNNL’s science and technology portfolio, coordinating PNNL’s discretionary research investments, and providing oversight of science and technology quality assurance and PNNL’s university partnerships program.

From 2002 to 2005, Ray served as director of PNNL’s chemical sciences division where he helped establish the Institute for Chemical Catalysis. Earlier, Ray was deputy associate laboratory director for PNNL's Fundamental Science Directorate, and from 1998 to 2001 served as deputy director of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility located at PNNL. He joined PNNL as a senior research scientist in 1990 after working as a postdoctoral research associate at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics in Boulder, Colo.

Ray, a laser spectroscopist, earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Kalamazoo College in Michigan in 1979, and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985.

PNNL is a DOE Office of Science laboratory that solves complex problems in energy, national security and environment by advancing the understanding of physics, chemistry, biology and computation. PNNL employs 4,100 staff, has an annual budget of more than $700 million, and has been managed by Ohio-based Battelle since the lab’s inception in 1965.

Tags: Energy, Environment, Fundamental Science, National Security, Chemistry, Biology, Proteomics, Catalysis

Interdisciplinary teams at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory address many of America's most pressing issues in energy, the environment and national security through advances in basic and applied science. Founded in 1965, PNNL employs 4,300 staff and has an annual budget of more than $1 billion. It is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. As the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, the Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information on PNNL, visit the PNNL News Center, or follow PNNL on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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