NST’s Arslan to represent Argonne in Oppenheimer Leadership Program
Ilke Arslan (NST) has been named to the third cohort of the Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program. The initiative brings together exceptional early- and mid-career professionals who have the potential to contribute significantly to DOE’s work, whether at DOE or in national labs, academia or industry.
Arslan is the Group Leader for Electron and X-ray Microscopy at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials. After receiving her Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Davis, she went to the University of Cambridge with Postdoctoral Fellowships from both the National Science Foundation and the Royal Society. She then returned to the United States as a Truman Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif. Following this, Arslan became a faculty member in the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department at the University of California, Davis, before moving to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a Senior Scientist while maintaining an adjunct professor position at University of California, Davis.
Her research interests include understanding the dynamic, atomic, electronic and 3D structure of a range of nanomaterials for energy, including materials for quantum computing/sensing and materials for catalysis. She is also interested in technique development in electron and X-ray microscopies, including time-resolved microscopy and in situ liquid/gas/heating/cooling/biasing environments in the microscope.
The Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program was developed to introduce the next generation of Department of Energy leaders to the breadth and depth of the National Laboratory system and expose them to the broader scientific, policy, and energy ecosystem within which the Labs operate. The professionals participate in a year-long series of workshops, in Washington D.C. and at national laboratories, covering the spectrum of DOE’s missions and operations.
“Oppenheimer Cohort 3 is an impressive group of 15 highly-qualified individuals,” said Mark Peters, Idaho National Laboratory Director, who announced the selections on behalf of the National Laboratory Directors Council (NLDC). Peters is also a former Argonne associate laboratory director. “The backgrounds and roles of the Cohort are diverse, ranging from technical group leaders and division directors to a deputy general counsel and facilities and operations director. We have every expectation that their engagement in the Oppenheimer experience will be of great benefit to the program—and to them.”
In addition to Arslan, Cohort 3 includes:
- Chris Haase, Ames Laboratory
- Gabriella Carini, Brookhaven National Laboratory
- Beth Fancsali, Fermilab
- Heather Chichester, Idaho National Laboratory
- Tanja Pietrass, Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Tom Kirchstetter, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Rebecca Nikolic, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
- Kristin Munch, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Eric Pierce, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Suresh Baskaran, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Stuart Hudsonm, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
- Machelle Vieux, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
- Marcey Hoover, Sandia National Laboratories
- Kristine Zeigler, Savannah River National Laboratory
Each nominee was scored by an NLDC Selection Committee and the list was finalized by its Executive Committee.