Johnathan Cree is responsible for understanding the potential future impacts of 5G and advanced communication technology, and where applications of this technology are relevant to our government sponsor’s missions. As team leader for the Integration team, Cree is responsible for providing support and guidance for staff development.

Cree joined PNNL in 2006 and has an eclectic set of experiences that provides useful insights to national security challenges. He has experience designing, developing, and deploying custom software, firmware, and hardware for wireless systems to enable on-device and cloud analytics for users in the field and decision makers. Cree has telecommunications experience connecting systems to mobile network, researching and developing mobile forensics methods, research, and threat analysis of 5G networks. He has experience with cyber security for wireless and embedded systems. During his time at PNNL, he has investigated and applied secure coding methods for sensor systems, performing vulnerability analysis of systems, and creating cyber security training materials. He has additional experience applying deep learning to help solve problems and create novel solutions for challenging technical problems. Dr. Cree received his PhD from Washington State University in 2013 performing work on routing protocols for mesh networks. Prior to that, he received his bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2007.


  • BS, Computer Science, Washington State University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science, Washington State University