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Pender selected as ORAU's director of special projects for science education

August 26, 2010

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—John Pender has been selected as director of special projects for science education at Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

John Pender

John Pender

In this role, Pender has oversight of feasibility and transitional planning in support of strategic efforts that will strengthen ORAU's capabilities in science education and workforce development. He will also serve as a human resources liaison between program sponsors, participants and host facilities.

ORAU's science education programs have annual expenditures of more than $150 million and support more than 7,000 participants each year in fellowships, scholarships, internships and other science education programs.

Pender will support and advance ORAU's recruitment efforts, targeting students and recent graduates from the nation's highest-ranked research universities.

Prior to joining ORAU, Pender served as director of human resources for Battelle Services Company, Inc., where he led efforts to establish a research and development laboratory in Bangi, Malaysia. His responsibilities included creating human resources policies, overseeing recruitment strategies and served as a member of the company's executive management team. He previously served as senior technical recruiter at the Battelle-managed Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash.

"We are pleased to have found someone with the combination of experience and skills that John brings to the job," said Dr. Wayne Stevenson, ORAU vice president and director of science education programs. "His background in human resources management and assignments for Battelle at Pacific Northwest Laboratory and, most recently, in Malaysia give him a breadth of experience that is not easily matched. We are pleased to have him as a new member of our team."

In addition to Malaysia, Pender has worked in Europe, Japan, India and Korea. He has 14 years of human resources experience including staff development, strategic planning, process design, management and implementation. Pender earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Eastern Mennonite College in Virginia.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).


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