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Deborah K. Gracio

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Deborah K. Gracio

Deborah Gracio joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 1990 and is currently the Director for the Computational and Statistical Analytics Division. Since joining the laboratory, Gracio has led the research, development, and management of multiple cross-disciplinary, multi-laboratory projects focused in the basic sciences and national security sectors. Her work has included research and development of integrated computational environments for biodefense, computational biology, computational chemistry, and atmospheric modeling. Gracio was the director of the Data-Intensive Computing Initiative and research started in this program continue to address the acquisition challenges of high-throughput streaming data, workflow, provenance, and the development of an integrated architecture to support a distributed analysis environment.

Since joining the Laboratory, Gracio has been involved in a variety of projects that have aided in developing a broad technical background in computer systems integration, software engineering, scientific computing, large-scale data management, and data acquisition.

Education: B.S. Electrical Engineering from Washington State University; M.S. Electrical Engineering from Washington State University.


  • WSU Woman of Distinction (2011)
  • Software Creator Award (2009)
  • Key Contributor Award (2009)
  • Federal Laboratory Consortium Award (2000)
  • R&D 100 Award (1999)
  • US Department of Energy — Certificate of Appreciation (1995)
  • DOE Outstanding Woman in Engineering (1989)

Professional Societies:

  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Computer Society, IEEE
  • American Association for the Advancement of Sciences

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