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Government, business, education leaders to adivse Pacific Northwest Laboratory

August 19, 1993 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Former U.S. Senator Daniel Evans and Washington State University President Samuel Smith are two of 14 government, business and education leaders from around the nation named to an advisory group at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest Laboratory.

The group will provide independent counsel on scientific, technical and related matters to Battelle, which operates the national laboratory in Richland and Sequim, Washington. The research and development laboratory employs approximately 4,000 people and conducts $500 million of scientific research annually for DOE, other federal agencies and industry.

Former Ohio Governor Richard Celeste will head the Laboratory Advisory Committee. Besides Evans and Smith, other Northwest committee members are University of Idaho President Elizabeth Zinser; Oregon Graduate Institute President Dwight Sangrey; George Rathmann, chairman and chief executive officer of Bothell's ICOS Corporation; and Gene McBrayer, Mercer Island, former chairman of Exxon Chemicals. (A complete listing of the committee members is attached.)

"We're honored to have these leaders in their individual fields commit to making PNL an even greater national resource," said Battelle President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas Olesen. "The committee is diverse, representing extensive expertise, experience and insights on science, technology and public policy. Their counsel on improving the laboratory's performance and in setting its future direction will be invaluable."

The committee will advise Battelle of trends in and potential responses to scientific, technical, economic, environmental, social and political matters that could impact the laboratory. Additionally, the committee will work to broaden PNL interactions with universities, industry and other laboratories. "It will help us achieve our vision of the Pacific Northwest Laboratory as a 'laboratory without walls' working with others to use science and technology to solve significant national problems," said PNL Director William Wiley.

"To realize fully our vision we must continue to look ahead. Such planning is particularly important in today's environment--where the role of national laboratories is being reexamined, where new priorities are emerging and where there is a renewed emphasis on reducing the federal deficit. That's where this committee will be so important, in helping us to focus on the right activities and move in the right direction. It will help propel us into the next century," Wiley said.

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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 about $950 million. It is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy. For more information, visit the PNNL News Center, or follow PNNL on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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