Associate Laboratory Director, Energy and Environment
Associate Laboratory Director, Energy and Environment

Jud Virden is Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy and Environment Direc­torate.

He leads more than 1,000 scientists, engineers, and staff who are delivering science and technology solutions for the nation’s complex energy and environmental challenges—including modernizing the power grid, advancing energy storage technologies, increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and lighting, developing biofuels, capturing carbon, and resolving complex issues in nuclear science and environmental management.

With a focus on accelerating the deployment of technology to market, Dr. Virden helps shape regional, national and international public-private partnerships. His diverse industry and academic leadership includes the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, University of Washington College of Engineering, University of Michigan Energy Institute, and Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute. Dr. Virden is a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and serves on its board of directors. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Since joining Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 1991 as a researcher, Dr. Virden has held leadership roles of increasing responsibility and complexity, including deputy associate laboratory director, energy market sector director, and chief science and technology officer.

He holds two U.S. patents, R&D 100 and Federal Laboratory Consortium awards for nonthermal plasma technology, and a Discover Award with Massachusetts Institute of Technology for fuel reformation technologies. Dr. Virden earned his Ph.D. and B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Washington.