Corinne Fuller, manager of bioenergy and proproducts technologies programs at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), has been named the new co-director of the Bioproducts Institute, a research collaboration between Washington State University and PNNL, as of July 2023. Fuller will serve with Joshua Heyne, associate professor of mechanical engineering in the WSU School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and fellow co-director of the Bioproducts Institute. Fuller has been leading PNNL’s bioenergy efforts since 2016.
“I’m excited about this opportunity to build a community with staff, students, and professors at both PNNL and WSU to advance our bioenergy technologies,” Fuller said.
As a leader in PNNL’s work with biofuels, products, and energy research, Fuller brings nearly 20 years of expertise in chemical and biological process development, biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals, catalysis, and energy systems analysis.
“Corinne brings extensive experience to this position. She is uniquely positioned to advance the vision of the WSU-PNNL Bioproducts Institute and deliver regional and national impact. WSU is looking forward to working with Corinne in her new role,” said Christopher Keane, vice president for research at WSU and vice chancellor for research at WSU Pullman.
The Institute combines comprehensive analytic tools with plant sciences, biotechnology, catalysis, and materials science. It aims to create innovative, economical, and environmentally friendly, engineered, bio-based materials, sustainable fuels, and value-added chemicals. Production, characterization, and deployment of sustainable aviation fuel are core to the Institute.
“The Bioproducts Institute is a vital part of the Pacific Northwest’s standing as a hub of clean energy innovation,” said Jud Virden, Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy and Environment Directorate at PNNL. “Corinne has vast knowledge and experience with biosciences. She has worked with both WSU and PNNL on many projects. With strong leadership qualities, Corinne’s passion and drive will help advance the Institute into the future.”