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PNNL names new leaders

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April 05, 2005 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — Two senior managers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been named to key leadership roles at the Department of Energy research facility. Allison Campbell has been appointed director of the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) located at PNNL, while Doug Ray has been named chief research officer for the national lab.

Campbell has been serving as interim EMSL director for the past eight months while PNNL undertook a nationwide search to fill the EMSL leadership position.

EMSL (, a Department of Energy scientific user facility, is dedicated to collaborative science and technology development aimed at solving significant environmental and health issues. Since its inception in 1997, the 200,000-square-foot facility has played host to more than 5,500 visiting scientists, professors, and other individuals who have used the facility's resources through a peer-review proposal process. EMSL is also home to 200 PNNL staff and some of the most advanced scientific equipment including one of the most powerful supercomputers, and a sophisticated suite of mass spectrometers.

Prior to her assignment as interim director, Campbell served for four years as EMSL's deputy director, and was also EMSL's associate director for scientific resources. She began her career with PNNL in 1990 as a postdoctoral fellow, and since then has been nationally recognized for her contributions in the field of biomaterials research. Campbell won the 2005 American Chemical Society's Regional Industrial Innovation Award for her work in bioceramic coatings.

Campbell earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania in 1985 and a doctorate in chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1990. She is an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington in the bioengineering department.

Ray has served as director of PNNL's chemical sciences division with its 110 staff members since 2002, and oversees the lab's research programs funded by DOE's Office of Basic Energy Sciences and DOE's Environmental Management Science Program. He leads PNNL's Nanoscience and Technology Initiative, Interfacial Catalysis Initiative and the emerging Institute for Interfacial Catalysis.

Previously, Ray was deputy associate laboratory director for PNNL's Fundamental Science Directorate, and served as EMSL's deputy director. He joined PNNL in 1990, after working as a postdoctoral research associate at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics in Boulder, Colo.

Ray earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Kalamazoo College in Michigan in 1979, and a doctorate in chemistry form the University of California at Berkeley in 1985.

The Chief Research Officer leads the integration of science programs and investments at the laboratory-level, including the planning, development and implementation of major new program thrusts; the operation and management of PNNL's existing and emerging scientific portfolio; and the promotion, development and oversight of new science missions at PNNL.

Tags: Energy, Fundamental Science, EMSL, Chemistry, Nanoscience, Catalysis

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