Steven Ashby, formerly deputy director for science and technology at the Battelle-operated Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been appointed director of the facility.
Ashby is scheduled to begin with his new role on April 1 and will succeed Mike Kluse, who will retire from PNNL after eight years of service, Battelle said Wednesday.
Patricia Dehmer, acting director of the Energy Department’s office of science, said Ashby’s scientific accomplishments, leadership and familiarity with PNNL’s research programs make him suitable for the job.
As deputy director of the Richland, Washington-based lab since 2008, Ashby played a key role in consolidating PNNL’s science and technology systems to address science, energy, environmental and national security requirements.
He served as deputy principal associate director for science and technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before joining PNNL.
Ashby is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and serves on the science policy committee of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.