Congratulations to Dr. Sue Clark on being elected to a second term on the Washington State Academy of Sciences Board of Directors. As a board member, she works to provide objective scientific and technological information on important issues to inform public policy making and increase the role and visibility of research in the Evergreen State. Clark is a Battelle Fellow who holds a joint appointment at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Washington State University (WSU). She is also the Chief Scientist and Technology Officer for the Energy and Environment Directorate at PNNL.
Currently, Clark leads research into the processing of high-level radioactive wastes and the environmental chemistry of plutonium and other actinides. She is the director of the Interfacial Dynamics in Radiation Environments and Materials (IDREAM) Energy Frontier Research Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science and Office of Environmental Management. At WSU, she is a Regents Professor in the Chemistry Department, having served on the faculty for more than 20 years.
Clark's expertise is sought after in the United States and abroad. For example, she served for 3 years on the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, appointed by the U.S. President. She has also completed consultancies with the International Atomic Energy Agency, supporting the development of educational programs and policies related to nuclear security and nuclear forensics.
Clark's expertise, drive, and mentoring have earned her awards and honors, including the American Chemical Society Garvan-Olin Medal for her research activities and advocacy for advancing women chemists, Fink Distinguished Lecturer at Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at WSU. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Sigma Xi.