Singhal. Credit: PNNL.

Congratulations go out to ACerS Fellow and Battelle Fellow Emeritus Subhash C. Singhal, who has been selected to be the upcoming president of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. Singhal has been a leading researcher in the field of solid oxide fuel cells. Although he retired in 2011 as engineer and director of Pacific Northwest National Lab’s fuel cell research, he works as a consultant and still continues to support work at the lab.

Like ACerS and many other organizations, WSAS actually first elects its president-to-be to serve as “President-Elect” for one year before assuming the actual presidency of the organization. Singhal, also a member of the National Academy of Engineering, took on the state academy’s president-elect duties earlier this month. His term as President-Elect will run through September 2013, and then as President from that point until September 2014.

Singhal joined the Energy and Environment Directorate at PNNL in April 2000 after having worked at Siemens Power Generation for over 29 years. He has written more than 95 scientific publications, edited 17 books, received 13 patents and given more than 310 presentations. He also serves as an adjunct professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Utah and is a visiting professor at the China University of Mining and Technology-Beijing.

Singhal is also a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and of ASM International, and has served on numerous national and international advisory committees. He holds a doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

In 2001, Singhal was selected to deliver the ACerS Edward Orton Jr. Memorial Lecture based on his scholarly attainments in ceramics and related fields.