Wendy Shaw received an Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program (OSELP) Fellowship for 2020–2021. Her numerous accomplishments and contributions to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), including serving as division director for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL’s) Physical Sciences Division, publishing over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and service to the lab and the scientific community, earned her a nomination from PNNL leadership.
Shaw is one of 18 fellows to join the 2020–2021 OSELP Cohort, which represents all 17 of the national labs. The National Laboratory Directors' Council (NLDC) selects emerging leaders as OSELP fellows to foster their contribution potential at DOE. Lab directors may nominate candidates for this highly competitive fellowship across diverse disciplines from the national laboratory system or from their partners in academia or industry.
As part of the OSELP program, Shaw visited other national labs and engaged with their leadership for an in-depth look at the DOE and national laboratory system. OSELP cohorts typically run for one year, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this cohort’s experience continues over two years and is nearly fully remote. In addition to national lab visits, Shaw worked with members of her cohort to develop think-pieces that address major organizational, policy, scientific, or other challenges within the national labs’ mission space and presented these to the NLDC and other senior leaders.
“I am honored to represent PNNL as part of the OSELP Fellowship. I’m gaining insights into all of the national labs and the national lab system and hope to use that knowledge to further enrich the scientific and technical ecosystem at PNNL,” said Shaw.