Pacific Northwest National Laboratory joins Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy


On November 28th, 2023, Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy welcomed the newest member of its leadership network: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) Director, Dr. Steve Ashby. Dr. Ashby became the 84th leader of a nuclear policy organization to join the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy network, joining the Directors of Los Alamos, Idaho, and Sandia National Laboratories.

“I am honored to represent PNNL as a Gender Champion in Nuclear Policy,” said Director Steve Ashby. “We must be intentional about valuing and engaging all perspectives, and I appreciate the opportunity to exemplify PNNL’s commitment to actively promote gender equity in our important work.”

As a Gender Champion, Dr. Ashby will uphold the Panel Parity Pledge, and implement three SMARTIE commitments:

  • PNNL will strive to increase professional development and technical leadership opportunities for women.
  • PNNL will endeavor to increase representation of women in leadership roles, all levels of management, all job families, and in all directorates.
  • PNNL will promote a culture of inclusiveness for women where their voices are valued, and their accomplishments recognized.

PNNL advances the frontiers of knowledge, taking on some of the world’s greatest science and technology challenges. Distinctive strengths in chemistry, Earth sciences, biology, and data science are central to their scientific discovery mission. Their research lays a foundation for innovations that advance sustainable energy through decarbonization and energy storage and enhance national security through nuclear materials and threat analyses. PNNL collaborates with academia in fundamental research and with industry to transition technologies to market.

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