Dr. John P. LaFemina is the Director of Laboratory Planning and Performance Management at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) where he is responsible for the development of the institutional strategies and implementation plans that will distinguish PNNL as a world-class scientific research institution. Prior to this he was the Director of Institutional Strategy at PNNL (2009-2015) and Vice-President and Director of Operations for Toxicology Northwest (2003-2009), a $20M inhalation toxicology business that is part of Battelle's Health and Life Sciences Global Business. John's experience at Battelle and PNNL includes over 25 years in a variety of research and executive management positions, including leading Battelle's Environmental Quality Market Sector; PNNL's Director of Quality, and Manager of the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory. Before coming to the Laboratory, John was a Captain in the United States Army, teaching chemistry and physics at the United States Military Academy and serving as the Deputy Director of the Science Research Laboratory and the Thomas H. Johnson Photonics Research Center at West Point.
John earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at The Pennsylvania State University under the direction of Professor John P. Lowe in 1985. He has written or contributed to more than 50 scientific papers and made over 100 presentations on a variety of scientific and technological topics ranging from the photophysics of polymers to the atomic and electronic structure of semiconductor and mineral surfaces and interfaces. He was the Series Editor of "The Chemistry and Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces" published by CRC Press, and is an active member of the American Chemical Society.
John also serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties, and is a graduate of Leadership Tri-Cities Class V and Past-President of their Board of Directors. He is an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church, an active coach of youth sports throughout the Tri-Cities for the past 16 years, and spent 13 years as a guitarist for the local rock band Mudshark.