Newswise — RICHLAND, Wash. — PNNL’s Kevin Schneider and Suveen Mathaudhu have been awarded the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology in the early stages of their research careers. 

Schneider, who came to PNNL in 2006, is the principal investigator for PNNL’s resilient distribution and microgrid analysis team (part of the Lab’s Electricity Infrastructure team), an adjunct professor at Washington State University, and an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington. As part of his work at PNNL, Schneider has conducted numerous studies for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and utilities to develop analysis capabilities for evaluating microgrids, supporting solar integration, and monitoring multiple areas of electricity distribution. He is based in PNNL’s Seattle office.

Mathaudhu joined PNNL in 2015 as a joint-appointee from the University of California–Riverside (UC-R) Mechanical Engineering Department and Materials Science and Engineering Program. His research centers on the synthesis and processing of advanced nanostructured metallic alloys and composites. Mathaudhu’s expertise supports PNNL’s growing portfolio in Solid Phase Processing, a disruptive approach to metals manufacturing that can be better, cheaper, and greener than the melt-based methods typically associated with metals manufacturing. Mathaudhu is also the Chief Scientist for PNNL’s Solid Phase Processing Science Initiative.

Schneider, Mathaudhu, and their fellow PECASE award winners were honored at a White House ceremony July 25. All of this year’s winners are posted online.

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