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PNNL Director Lura Powell to resign at end of year

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July 19, 2002 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — Lura J. Powell, director of the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, today announced her plans to resign, effective Dec. 31, 2002. Battelle operates PNNL for DOE.

"I've enjoyed my work at PNNL, a laboratory with tremendous people and science and technology strengths," said Powell. "The staff, customers and local community have been wonderful to my family and me. My one regret is the amount of time I have spent away from the Tri-Cities and my family. My decision to resign was prompted by a desire for more time flexibility and a more balanced life."

"Lura has provided many solid contributions to DOE, PNNL, the Tri-Cities community and Battelle during her tenure at the laboratory, "said Carl Kohrt, Battelle president and CEO. "Among her many accomplishments are two "Outstanding" ratings from DOE, the announced intention to renew the five-year contract, acquisition of two major pieces of equipment-a leading-edge supercomputer and the world's first 900 megahertz wide bore nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer-as well as enhanced university relationships and partnerships in the Northwest with the University of Washington, Washington State University, University of Idaho and Oregon State University.

"In particular, she has been very active in the Tri-Cities community promoting economic growth and providing leadership in the role science and technology can play in the education, work and daily lives of every citizen. She has helped to create and advocate a vision for the Tri-Cities that calls on everyone to stretch the limits of what is possible. All of us at Battelle wish her well in her future pursuits."

Kohrt indicated that an internal and external search is underway for a successor, which will take several months.

Powell was named laboratory director in March 2000. She joined the laboratory after a lengthy career at the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology. During her career at NIST, she served as director of the Advanced Technology Program, which accelerates the development of innovative technologies that promise high commercial payoffs and widespread national benefits. Powell's leadership of ATP earned her the Department of Commerce's Gold Medal in 1998. Before joining ATP, Powell founded and built NIST's biotechnology division, where she managed programs in DNA technologies, bioprocess engineering, biosensor technology and structural biology.

Powell currently serves on the board of directors for Kadlec Medical Center, the United Way of Benton-Franklin Counties, the Tri-City Industrial Development Council and Three Rivers Community Roundtable. She also is a member of the Washington Roundtable, the Washington Technology Alliance Board, DOE's Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Council, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Board of Trustees, the Bioengineering and Environmental Health Committee at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Chemical and Engineering News Advisory Board and the Junior Achievement of the Greater Tri-Cities Honorary Board.

A chemist, Powell earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry and a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Maryland.


Tags: Energy, Fundamental Science, Computational Science, Chemistry, Biology, Cancer Research, Supercomputer

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