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Environmental scientist receives Alumni Achievement Award
May 22, 2015

Martin-alumni-award-80RICHLAND, Wash. – Wayne J. Martin, recently retired from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as acting chief operations officer for national security directorate, was honored Friday with the Washington State University Alumni Association (WSUAA) Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of career achievements, mentorship of aspiring scientists and service to education in the Tri-Cities community.

Former PNNL director appointed as WSU regent
March 10, 2014

Lura-Powell-PicturePULLMAN, Wash. – Lura J. Powell, former director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and a long-standing leader in the U.S. research and technology community, is the newest member of the Washington State University Board of Regents. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointment today.

Norbert Kruse joins WSU as Voiland distinguished professor
August 19, 2013

KrusePULLMAN, Wash. – Norbert Kruse, an internationally known researcher in the area of catalysis, has joined the Washington State University faculty as Voiland distinguished professor.

In 2008, Gene and Linda Voiland made a significant gift to the School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, which was subsequently named in their honor. The gift has allowed the school to advance research and scholarship and to hire faculty in the area of new energy conversion technology.

Improving the efficiency of catalysts, which are used in many industries to chemically transform and create products and fuel, is an important factor in increasing supplies, … » More …

Researchers seek to replace petroleum with sugar
April 2, 2007

As an energy source, fermented sugar is amazingly versatile: one form can liven up a party, another can propel a car. It might also form the basis for making disposable diapers, antifreeze and plastic pop bottles. In a drive for renewable, cost-effective technology, Northwest researchers are taking green chemistry into the future by studying how to replace petroleum in hundreds of everyday products with plant-derived sugar. Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), are collaborating on some of the research, hoping to find new energy solutions by tapping into local resources such … » More …

Ceremony for construction project milestone
October 27, 2006

TRI-CITIES – Washington State University Tri-Cities will hold a Topping Off Ceremony for the Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30.The ceremony will take place on the WSU Tri-Cities campus at the northern boundary of the construction project-just south of the Consolidated Information Center, 2770 University Drive, Richland.A topping off ceremony is a part of the Tri-Cities’ local tradition for major construction projects. However, this tradition is well over 100 years old within the construction industry. It marks the moment when the highest structural point in the building construction has been attained. To celebrate this event, the last steel beam is … » More …

$24 million lab to spur clean fuels
April 20, 2006

The $24 million biomass lab, being built in the Tri-Cities by Washington State University Tri-Cities and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will study ways to turn agricultural wastes into valuable products and will support the state’s push for clean biofuels. A ground-breaking ceremony for the new Bioproducts, Sciences & Engineering Lab in Richland, was held April 13. The structure is  expected to be completed by late next year. For the complete story on the biomass building and research, go to The Puget Sound Business Journal at story and video on the ground breaking by KXLY News can be found at

Ceremony marks start of $24 M Tri-Cities project
April 14, 2006

A biodiesel-powered backhoe scooped out the first bucket of dirt on April 13 during a ground breaking of the Washington State University Tri-Cities’ new Bioproducts, Sciences & Engineering Laboratory. Gov. Chris Gregoire, who spoke at the event, said the new laboratory will help Washington create new markets and industry in the bioproducts fields that will benefit the Mid-Columbia, the state and the nation. The $24 million research and teaching laboratory is being built through a partnership between Washington State University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. For the complete Tri-Cities Herald story and several video clips go to . (The video clips require QuckTime7)

WSU Tri-Cities and PNNL form new institute
July 7, 2005

TRI-CITIES — Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Washington State University College of Business and Economics and Washington State University Tri-Cities have announced the formation of the Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship.Focusing on the exploration and development of technology-based business opportunities in the mid-Columbia region, the institute will be headquartered on WSU’s Richland campus and is the most recent example of cooperative projects between WSU and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The 57,000-square-foot Bioproducts, Science and Engineering Laboratory facility, another WSU Tri-Cities/PNNL cooperative project, is nearing design completion this summer.”The idea behind the ITE is to provide research and educational support for both entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial organizations,” said … » More …