Mike Kluse is Director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and is Senior Vice President of Battelle. Mr. Kluse is responsible for setting the vision and strategic direction of PNNL, and since assuming the helm in January 2007, has focused the Laboratory on advancing the frontiers of science and solving some of our nation's most complex challenges in energy, the environment, and national security.
Under Mr. Kluse's leadership, PNNL restructured to deliver more effectively on its missions, advance scientific understanding, and reduce operating costs. The science and technology impact of this restructure has resulted in a 34 percent increase in business volume to almost $950 million and approximately 4,300 staff who are employed at PNNL.
Mr. Kluse joined Battelle at its Columbus, OH corporate headquarters in 1976 as a defense and space systems research scientist. His research focused on high-fidelity simulation of aerospace and weapons systems; physical performance modeling of optical, electro-optical, infrared, and radar target acquisition sensors; and variance reduction techniques in large-scale simulations. Prior to becoming the Director of PNNL, Mr. Kluse served as Vice President of Battelle's Defense Engineering business and Vice President/General Manager of Battelle's Navy Sector. He moved to Richland, WA in 1997 to lead PNNL's national security directorate, which he greatly expanded in scope, impact, and the number of clients.
Mr. Kluse serves on several regional, state, and local business-related organizations including: Washington Roundtable Board of Directors, Washington Technology Alliance Board of Directors, Oregon Innovation Council Technical Advisor, and is Chair of the Tri-Cities Development Council Board of Directors. Mr. Kluse also serves on a number of national activities including the National Defense Industrial Association, U.S. Air Force Association and has been an invited partner to the national Council on Competitiveness for several years.
A direct reflection of the Laboratory's ties with the surrounding community, Mr. Kluse is committed to local quality-of-life issues and education advocacy. He spearheaded a group of community and academic leaders to launch the region's first secondary institution, Delta High School, which is focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Since 2010, he has served on the Washington State Governor's charge for higher education funding task force, has been co-chair for the Hanford Reach Interpretative Center Capital Campaign, and is a member of the Junior Achievement of the Greater Tri-Cities Advisory Board.
Mr. Kluse holds a B.S. degree in Systems Analysis from Miami University, and a M.S. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University.