March 21: PNNL, WSU join to address research challenges

PULLMAN, Wash. – The deputy director of science and technology at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will discuss the impact of PNNL’s research collaborations with Washington State University at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in Goertzen Hall 21. A reception will be at 3 p.m. in the Goertzen atrium.

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Energy, sustainability collaborations

Speaker Malin Young integrates PNNL’s science and technology capabilities to address critical challenges in science, energy, the environment and national security. She assures the quality of research programs through oversight and peer reviews and oversees development of new research initiatives and partnerships.

She manages technology commercialization and economic development activities at PNNL. She represents PNNL to sponsors, scientific and engineering institutions, research partners and the broader science and technology community.

PNNL is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 17 national labs that push the frontiers of scientific knowledge, keep the nation secure and fuel the economy. WSU’s research portfolio has key strengths in energy, sustainable resources and national security, resulting in a long-standing partnership with PNNL. The partnership includes joint faculty appointments, collaborative research efforts and opportunities for graduate students and postdocs.

National security, defense research

A native of Washington state, Young earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in genetics from Oregon State University and a doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco.

Before PNNL, she was director of the biological and engineering sciences center at Sandia National Laboratories at the Livermore, Calif., campus. She led the performance of exploratory science and the development of technology to address pressing national needs in energy security, homeland security and national defense.

Young also managed bioenergy and national security programs funded by DOE’s Office of Science, the National Nuclear Security Agency, the departments of Homeland Security and Defense, and the National Institutes of Health.

An expert in rational drug design, bioinformatics, mass-spectrometry data analysis and protein-structure prediction and modeling, she has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers and is an inventor on three patents. She won the Frank P. Goyan Award for Excellence in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco.

Young’s visit is part of the WSU Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture series. It invites world-renowned experts to share ideas and spark conversations around research that addresses society’s most significant challenges. Learn more at