Battelle researcher wins Dr. Billy Richardson NBC award

A screenshot from the award announcement video from Battelle, featuring Battelle researcher Katie Hardin. | Courtesy of Battelle

Battelle announced this week that Katie Hardin, a research scientist, has been awarded the Dr. Billy Richardson Young Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Researcher Award. 

Hardin is the second researcher from Battelle to receive this award. Her work is focused on defense research involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE), with specific emphasis on detector development for chemicals. 

“In addition to research and leadership responsibilities within her specific field, Hardin is a tireless advocate for educating the CBRNE Defense mission across Battelle,” Matt Shaw, general manager of CBRNE Defense, said.

This award is granted by the NBC Industry Group and recognizes researchers, scientists and others that are leading in commitment and education relating to defense against these kinds of materials. 

In addition to her work with Battelle, Hardin organized a CBRNE Technology Showcase in 2014. She has also been elected to serve the Emerging Scientists and Engineering Council and organized the Battelle Innovation Gathering. 

Hardin was recognized at a luncheon that took place in Aberdeen, Maryland. As a part of the award, a donation will be made to the Aberdeen Science and Math Academy for $1,000 in her name. 

Richardson served as the deputy assistant to the secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Matters. Richardson’s work in this and the U.S. Army Chemical Research, Development and Engineering Center would lead to the establishment of the Domestic Preparedness Program under the Department of Defense.

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