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Friday, May 7th, 2021

Battelle’s Winkel recognized with award for dedication to nuclear, biological and chemical defense

Battelle, Inc.’s David Winkel was recently recognized by the Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) Industry Group with the Dr. Billy Richardson Award, which recognizes young leaders who are committed to NBC-related defense initiatives.

Winkel is the third Battelle researcher overall to win this award.

Dr. Billy Richardson was a key player in the development modern chemical and biological defense programs and served as the deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for chemical and biological matters, as well as the technical director of the U.S. Army Chemical Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Throughout Winkel’s 11-year tenure at the company, he tested joint service general purpose masks and various types of chemical detection equipment, participated in field tests with tracer gases to validate contaminant transport models, and conducted field tests with explosives detection canine teams.

Winkel has led several key assignments for the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate in support of its Biological and Chemical Terrorism Risk Assessment (TRA) programs. The programs conduct comprehensive analyses of the risk of biological and chemical terrorism to the United States.

“Dave has been highly motivated and dedicated to embracing the challenges associated with bringing various disciplines together, all the while developing and encouraging younger staff to do these same things,” Matt Shaw, general manager of Battelle’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Defense Group, said. “We’re proud of Dave and the resulting creation of a unique and valuable product to the TRAs and to NBC defense.”

Winkel holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University.