Risk Advisor
Risk Advisor


Kriste Henson is the task manager for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) risk support in the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Defense programs. Henson is also the risk integrator for NA-193. Prior to joining PNNL in April 2017, Henson managed nuclear explosive package risks for the B61-12 life extension program at Los Alamos National Laboratory and represented LANL on the joint risk management board, which managed the United States Air Force and NNSA joint risks for the B61-12 life extension program.

Henson’s other work at LANL was mainly focused in the global security area. She also used national travel surveys to model people’s activity patterns for homeland security activity-based models and performing country assessments on the second line of defense. Henson holds a PhD in geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a MS in geography from the University of New Mexico and a BS in geological engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Disciplines and Skills

  • Homeland security 

  • Nuclear fuel cycle 

  • Project portfolio management 

  • Risk informed decision analysis 

  • Risk management consulting 


  • PhD in geography, University of California, Santa Barbara 

  • MS in geography, University of New Mexico   

  • BS in geological engineering, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 

Awards and Recognitions

  • Strategic Research Directorate Spot Award, 2016  

  • Dissertation Grant, University of California Transportation Center (UCTC), 2009 – 2010 

  • Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 2008 – 2009 

  • Graduate Fellowship, Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation, 2008 – 2009 

  • Dissertation Grant, UCTC, 2007 – 2008  

  • Achievement Awards, LANL, 2005 

  • Strategic Research Directorate Spot Award, 2003 

  • Achievement Awards, LANL, 2001 

  • Distinguished Copyright Award, TRANSIMS Team, 1999 

  • Engineer-in-Training Certification, 1995 



Henson, K. M. and K. G. Goulias. 2011. “Travel Determinants and Multiscale Transferability of National Activity Patterns to Local Populations.” Transportation Research Record 2231: 35-43. 


Henson, K. M., L. Cuéllar, D. A. Kubicek, and C. D. Tallman. 2009. “Transferability: Creating Representative Activity Schedules Using the 2001 NHTS.” Transportation Research Board (TRB) 88th Annual Meeting CD-ROM, Washington D.C., January 2009. 

Henson, K. M., K. G. Goulias, and R. G. Golledge. 2009. “An Assessment of Activity-Based Modeling and Simulation for Applications in Operational Studies, Disaster Preparedness, and Homeland Security.” Transportation Letters: International Journal of Transportation Research 1:19-39. 


Henson, K. M., M. G. Brown, and S. J. Flaim. 2008. “Modeling Agricultural-related Transportation for Homeland Security Purposes.” Transportation Research Board (TRB) 87th Annual Meeting CD-ROM, Washington D.C., January 2008. 


Henson, K. M. and K. G. Goulias. 2006. “Preliminary Assessment of Activity and Modeling for Homeland Security Applications.” Transportation Research Record 1942: 23-30. 

Goulias, K. G. and K. M. Henson. 2006. “On altruists and egoists in activity participation and travel: who are they and do they live together?” Transportation, 23 (5): 447-462. 


Van Eeckhout, E., L. Smith, and K. Henson. 2002. “Simulation of Two Traffic Options on a Heavily Traveled Road Adjacent to Los Alamos National Laboratory.” Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Applications of Advanced Technology in Transportation (AATT2002), Boston, MA, pp. 648-655.