A director of strategic partnerships position has been added at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the first major change made by new laboratory director Steven Ashby.
Douglas Ray will lead a new office that will identify and create strategic partnering opportunities between the Department of Energy’s national lab in Richland and research universities and other scientific research institutions.
Ray, who has overseen unprecedented growth of PNNL’s fundamental science research portfolio during the past decade, will be responsible for creating strategic partnerships that further PNNL’s institutional strategy and the scientific impact of PNNL, according to PNNL
Ashby plans to work with Ray to develop and implement a partnership strategy to significantly enhance PNNL’s scientific stature and impact, Ashby said in a statement.
Ray has led PNNL’s Fundamental and Compuational Sciences Directorate since 2006. The directorate has more than 600 staff and annually conducts more than $200 million of research.
Ray also has been responsible for the PNNL-University of Washington Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing, the PNNL-Oregon Health and Science University Co-laboratory for Integrated ’Omics and the PNNL-University of Maryland Global Change Research Institute.