Senior Cyber Security Engineer
Senior Cyber Security Engineer


Lori Ross O’Neil is a cyber security engineer and project manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), supporting the National Security Directorate. In her current role with PNNL, she leads multi-million-dollar cyber security research projects. Her multidisciplinary teams work in partnership with government agencies, academia, and industry to perform research and development to deliver novel solutions in the mission to protect the United States’ national critical infrastructure, including the electric grid, GPS, and electric vehicles.

O’Neil has a passion for mentoring and community outreach in cyber security. She regularly speaks at local schools for Engineer’s Week and the PNNL Speaker’s Bureau, along with hosting talks for PNNL staff and visitors on cyber security.

Research Interest

  • Cyber security protection of the United States:
    • Critical infrastructure
    • Energy
    • Grid
    • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure
    • GPS and timing protections
    • Space systems
    • Renewable energy installations, with a focus on resilient systems


  • BS in computer science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott
  • Certified Information System Security Professional, #67520, since 2006
  • Certified Project Management Professional, #1588916, since 2013
  • Certificates in Knowledge Engineering
  • Department of Energy (DOE) Basic Instructor Training
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library Foundations
  • Agile Scrum Master
  • Post-Secondary Teaching Credential for California

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • (ISC)2Board of Directors International, 2019 to current
  • PNNL chair for Department of Defense Space Force Cyber Expo, 2019-2022
  • Co-chair for PNNL Cyber day, 2019-2022
  • PNNL chair of DOE collegiate CyberForce competition, 2018-2022
  • Microsoft Technology Education and Literacy in Schools local volunteer, 2020
  • Co-chair Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Women in Engineering Summit and Recruitment Chair, Richland Section, 2019
  • DOE
    • Cyber Security Conference
      • Conference committee member, 2001-2007
      • Chair, 2004
    • Cyber Security Training Technical Working Group, 2001-2004.
  • Member
    • Society of Women Engineers
    • Million Women Mentors
    • 500 Women Scientists
    • National Association of Corporate Directors

Awards and Recognitions

  • National Security Directorate Team Leader Core Value award for impact to the organization, 2020
  • Engineer of the Year award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Women in Engineering – Richland Section, 2019



  • Maloney P.R., J.G. O’Brien, T.E. Carroll, R.M. Pratt, L.R. O’Neil, G.B. Dindlebeck. Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Consequence Assessment, Electric Power Systems Research journal, under review, 2022.
  • O’Neil L.R., J. Castleberry, A.D. McKinnon, S.C. Tollbom, R. Kwon, W. Hutton, J. Irwin. Novel Approach to Asset Inventory of Facility-Related Control Systems through Augmented Reality, Journal of Information Warfare, in press, 2022 issue 4.