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Dreaded airport security checkpoints are getting faster, more efficient with PNNL technology

Dreaded airport security checkpoints are getting faster, more efficient with PNNL technology
Published in the Tri-City Herald, September 2019, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby

If you have been through airport security lately, you likely have done what those of us at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory call the "PNNL salute." Read more...

Research in Tri-Cities could make cars and planes more fuel efficient and super strong

Research in Tri-Cities could make cars and planes more fuel efficient and super strong
Published in the Tri-City Herald, August 2019, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby

Superman may be known as the "Man of Steel," but scientific superheroes at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are developing a novel approach for manufacturing metals with superior strength. Read more...

We enjoy the wonders of the water, but these teams help promote a healthy Columbia

We enjoy the wonders of the water, but these teams help promote a healthy Columbia
Published in the Tri-City Herald, July 2019, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby

The cool waters of the Columbia River bring relief to many during our hot Tri-Cities summers. But while you might be boating, floating or watching hydroplanes, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are studying the river and protecting the fish that call it home. Read more...

Taking the Quantum Computing Leap

Taking the Quantum Computing Leap
CIOReview, July 18, 2019, authored by Steven Ashby, Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Computing has advanced so much that we take it for granted. The power of yesteryear's supercomputers is packed into today's smart watches and cloud services deliver petaflops on demand. Meanwhile, the high end continues its relentless march toward the first of three exascale computers (capable of one quintillion floating-point operations per second), to be deployed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) beginning in 2021 for scientific and national security research. Read more...

With new jet, PNNL will take research to new heights

With new jet, PNNL will take research to new heights
Published in the Tri-City Herald, June 2019, authored by Lab Director Steven Ashby

When you think of research equipment at a national laboratory, you might imagine powerful microscopes, sophisticated spectrometers and room-sized supercomputers. Read more...

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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


Happenings

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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