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Colella to attend national academy symposium

PNNL engineer among 85 chosen nationwide

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June 28, 2011 Share This!

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RICHLAND, Wash. — Whitney Colella, a senior research engineer at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is one of 85 people across the country elected to attend the National Academy of Engineering's 17th annual Frontiers of Engineering symposium.

The annual symposium brings together the best and brightest of early career engineers between the ages of 30 and 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in industry, academia and government. The goal is to encourage collaboration between different disciplines.

Colella and the others elected will gather at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Sept. 19-21 to discuss engineering sustainable buildings, additive manufacturing, neuroprosthetics and semantic processing.

Colella's research aims to lower the carbon footprint and energy use of buildings and other structures by improving the way their power systems work. She is leading a multi-year project to test the efficiency of combined heat and power fuel cells in a variety of commercial buildings in California and Oregon.  Colella earned her doctorate in engineering science from Oxford University and has been recognized with British Marshall, National Science Foundation, Thomas J. Watson, Lillian Moller Gilbreth, British Overseas Research and Harry S. Truman scholarships and fellowships.

To see the complete list of all those selected to participate in the symposium, go to

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