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PNNL researcher named “Most Promising Engineer”

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August 21, 2007 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — A research scientist at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been nationally recognized by the HENAAC organization (formerly Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Awards Conference) as one of this year’s “Most Promising Engineer or Scientists.”

Elizabeth Vela Stephens is a researcher in the Energy Materials Group of PNNL’s Energy Science and Technology Directorate. She is being honored for her scientific contributions in areas including improving the energy efficiency of vehicles; DOE’s Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) program; and understanding environmental degradation of materials.

HENAAC was established in 1989 to identify, honor and document the contributions of outstanding Hispanic American science, engineering, technology and math professionals. The award is given to a professional engineer or scientist with less than eight years experience since earning their undergraduate degree.

Stephens also conducts workshops as part of the Expanding Your Horizons conferences held in the Tri-Cities and Yakima to motivate and encourage young women to consider science and math-based career options. She also supports the local Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program.

Stephens earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Washington. She has been with PNNL since 2002.

Tags: Energy, Energy Efficiency

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