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PNNL researcher named Black Engineer of the Year for Community Service

November 20, 2007 Share This!

  • Wayne Martin, a technical group manager at PNNL, is being honored with the prestigious engineering, science and technology management award for his efforts to increase involvement of under-represented minorities in the engineering and scientific fields and for his leadership and significant contributions to the Tri-Cities community.

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RICHLAND, Wash. – An environmental scientist at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been nationally recognized for community service through the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference.

Wayne Martin, a technical group manager at PNNL, is being honored with the prestigious engineering, science and technology management award for his efforts to increase involvement of under-represented minorities in the engineering and scientific fields and for his leadership and significant contributions to the Tri-Cities community.

This national award is sponsored by the Council of Engineering Deans of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Lockheed Martin Corporation, U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine. Martin will receive his award at the 22nd Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference in February in Baltimore.

“Wayne exemplifies the principle of community service and distinguishes himself as a leader locally, regionally and nationally through his service to community,” said Battelle President and CEO Carl Kohrt. “His dedication as a role model and mentor and his promotion and encouragement of under-represented minorities in science, engineering and math professions make him truly deserving of this award.”

Martin serves as vice-chair of the Board of Trustees at Columbia Basin College and was chair for the past six years. He has been an officer in the Trustees Association for Community and Technical Colleges at the state level. He is also a member of the Washington State University Tri-Cities and the Tri-Cities Education advisory councils, past president of the Pacific Northwest chapter of the National Organization for the Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, and is on the board of directors for Kadlec Medical Center. He also was a participant in the branch campus study team that resulted in a four-year university being established at WSU Tri-Cities and is a past member of the higher education task force that contributed to the Three Rivers Community Roundtable.

Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from Washington State University, a master’s degree in radiological sciences from the University of Washington and a doctorate in environmental and natural resource sciences from Washington State University. He worked for PNNL from 1978 to 1993, and rejoined the Laboratory in 1997 following an education leave of absence to obtain his doctorate.

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