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Charlette Geffen

Charlette Geffen

Fundamental & Computational Sciences Directorate
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-34
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Geffen is the Director for the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The mission of the division is to understand the atmospheric processes that drive regional and global earth systems, with a primary focus on climate, aerosol and cloud physics; global and regional scale modeling; integrated assessment; and complex regional meteorology and chemistry. In supporting this mission, our research addresses one of the key missions of the Department of Energy, namely to ensure that the nation’s energy system is economically and environmentally sustainable. Because nearly all energy-related emissions enter the atmosphere, research on atmospheric processes and their impacts on human health and the environment, over a variety of temporal and geographic scales, is critical to understanding these consequences.

Scientists in this division lead and contribute to programs within the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and industry. Major programs led by this division include the DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program, the DOE Atmospheric Science Program, and the Global Energy Technology Strategy Program, a public-private international collaboration.

Dr. Geffen has been with PNNL since 1977, with over 25 years of experience in strategic technology planning and assessment, regulatory policy, and risk assessment for energy, environmental management, and transportation systems. Her recent research examines the role of technology in addressing the challenges of climate change, with a focus on the transportation sector. Her doctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on emerging environmental policy issues and the role of innovative science and technology in addressing energy and environmental concerns. She leads a research group in Washington DC focused on energy and environmental policy.

Dr. Geffen is active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Geophysical Union, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the International Association for the Management of Technology. She has published more than 50 articles and full-length reports, including a National Academy of Sciences report on a workshop on collaborations between the DOE national laboratories and universities.

Dr. Geffen is an adjunct faculty member in the Business School at Washington State University, Tri-Cities, where she teaches graduate courses and advises master students on their theses in technology strategy and management of research and development.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Technology Management and Planning through the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department,
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.B.A., Finance, University of Washington
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Stanford University

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • International Association for the Management of Technology

PNNL Publications


  • Geffen CA, and KS Judd. 2004. "Innovation through Initiatives -- A Framework for Building New Capabilities in Public Sector Research Organizations." Journal of Engineering and Technology Management. JET-M 21(4):281-306. 
  • Geffen CA, JA Edmonds, and SH Kim. 2004. "Transportation and Climate Change: The Potential for Hydrogen Systems." In Environmental sustainability in the mobility industry : technology and business challenges, SAE World Congress, Detroit, Mich., SP (Society of Automotive Engineers) , vol. 1865, pp. 13-20.  SAE International, Warrendale, PA. 


  • Geffen CA, and S Rothenberg. 2000. "Suppliers and Environmental Innovation: The Automotive Paint Process." International Journal of Operations and Production Management 20(2):166-186. 


  • Geffen CA. 1999. "Emerging Standards for Automotive Assembly Plants: The Need for a Systems Approach." In Vehicle recycling, regulatory, policy and labeling issues, 1999 SAE International Congress and Exposition, vol. SAE/SP-99/1430, pp. 179-187.  Society of Automotive Engineers, Warrendale, PA. 


  • Geffen CA, FR Field, III, and JA Isaacs. 1998. "Economic and Environmental Tradeoffs in New Automotive Painting Technologies." In Engineering the Product Development Revolution:1998 SAE International Congress and Exposition, February 23-26, 1998, Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan, USA., no. 981164, SAE International, Warrendale, PA. 

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