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PNNL nuclear technologies fueling carbon-free energy future

PNNL nuclear technologies fueling carbon-free energy future
Published in the Tri-City Herald, May 2021, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby

The nation is sharpening its focus on sustainable energy, including the goal of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Read more...

PNNL's science and technology: progress, partnerships and pride

PNNL delivers science and technology for a better tomorrow
Progress Edition
Published in the Tri-City Herald, April 2021, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby

Abraham Lincoln once said, "The best way to predict your future is to create it." At the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, our 5,000 bright and talented staff members focus their expertise and ingenuity on creating a future that will be cleaner, safer and more prosperous. Read more...

Tri-Cities researchers work to protect electric grid from Mother Nature's fury

Every day is Earth Day for some PNNL researchers
Published in the Tri-City Herald, April 2021, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby

As we approach Earth Day, celebrated every year on April 22, it seems fitting to highlight the efforts of researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory who strive to surface new knowledge about our planet. Read more...

Tri-Cities researchers work to protect electric grid from Mother Nature's fury

Tri-Cities researchers work to protect electric grid from Mother Nature's fury
Published in the Tri-City Herald, March 2021, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby

This year's bout of winter storms and road closures may be behind us, but researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory work year-round to protect our energy infrastructure from freezing temperatures, wildfires and floods. Read more...

PNNL researchers are turning kitchen waste into biofuels

PNNL researchers are turning kitchen waste into biofuels
Published in the Tri-City Herald, February 2021, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby

When we eat, our bodies convert food into energy that fuels our lives. But what happens to the energy stored in the 80 billion pounds of food thrown away annually in America? Read more...

Lab Director's Columns and Opinion Pieces Archive



PNNL Director Steven Ashby's Presentations

Title: Video of Steve Ashby from the National Laboratory Directors' Council 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Workshop.


Event: Naturalization Ceremony, U.S. District Courthouse, 2016, November 15, Richland, WA

Title: Steve Ashby's remarks at Nov. 15, 2016 Naturalization Ceremony

Summary: As an invited speaker at a naturalization ceremony at the Federal Building in Richland, Wash., PNNL Lab Director Steve Ashby welcomed 18 new American citizens, telling them, "As Americans we have much to be thankful for. Among the things for which I am grateful is living in a nation that embraces diversity, that welcomes and respects cultures from around the world and that still serves as a beacon of freedom and opportunity."

Remarks from November 15, 2016 naturalization ceremony.

Steven Ashby

PNNL Director Steven Ashby's Presentation Archive


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Energy Secretary Perry visits PNNL

Energy Secretary Perry visits PNNL

Greeted by Laboratory Director Steven Ashby (left), Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited PNNL to learn about how researchers are addressing national and international challenges in energy, the environment and national security through advancements in science.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry was at PNNL on Aug. 15, 2017, touring one-of-a-kind facilities and learning about how PNNL's research and development are contributing to DOE missions and national priorities. During Secretary Perry's visit, he heard from PNNL experts about grid modernization, technologies to detect nuclear explosions, energy storage advancements, cybersecurity and more. He also toured EMSL, the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, which is a DOE Office of Science user facility. Click here for more about Secretary Perry's visit, including photos and a video of his address to PNNL staff.

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