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Singhal named a founding member of Washington science academy

November 21, 2008 Share This!

  • Subhash Singhal of the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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RICHLAND, Wash. – Subhash Singhal, a Battelle Fellow and fuel cell director at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been named one of 104 founding members of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

WSAS, a non-profit organization created in 2005 by the state legislature, conducts commissioned studies and prepares scientific reports on issues of public importance. The studies assist with informing public policy-makers, facilitating new research initiatives, or providing program review and assessment. WSAS represents many academic disciplines and diverse industries, including aerospace, agriculture, computer science, energy, engineering, ecology and transportation.

“It is extremely important to provide scientific and technological analysis to help our state leaders make informed decisions on so many challenging issues,” said Singhal, who as a founding member may submit nominees for election to the Academy.

Singhal is a world leader in solid oxide fuel cells. He provides senior technical, managerial and commercialization leadership to PNNL’s fuel cell program. He joined the Laboratory in 2000 after nearly 30 years leading fuel cell development at Siemens Power Generation (formerly Westinghouse Electric Corporation).

Last month, Singhal received the 2008 Grove Medal for sustained advances in fuel cell technology. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of four professional societies: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Ceramic Society, ASM International and Electrochemical Society. He also is a senior member of the Mineral, Metals, & Materials Society and has served on many national and international advisory panels.

Singhal earned a doctorate in materials science engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a master’s in business from the University of Pittsburgh, a bachelor’s in metallurgy from the Indian Institute of Science, and a bachelor’s in physics, chemistry and mathematics from Agra University.

Singhal has authored more than 85 scientific publications, edited 14 books, received 13 patents, and given more than 250 plenary, keynote or other presentations worldwide. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Utah and serves on advisory boards of the University of Florida’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Institute for Sustainable Energy.

The induction of the WSAS founding class and its first meeting are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 21, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Tags: Energy, Fundamental Science, Fuel Cells, Chemistry

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