Senior Advisor, PNNL Research Business Development
Senior Advisor, PNNL Research Business Development


Michael Spradling has served as a senior advisor for research program development and operations at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) since 2014. He leverages extensive program development, sponsor-relations, and leadership experience to elevate PNNL’s strategic efforts to attract and sustain funding and deliver science and technology programs for federal and industrial sponsors. His current roles include the deputy for the Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate Program Development Office, operations director for the Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials (IDREAM) Energy Frontier Research Center, and PNNL management advisor for the Co-design Center for Quantum Advantage National Quantum Information Science Research Center.

His responsibilities have covered project execution and risk mitigation oversight in operations and large-scale field deployments for the Radiation Portal Monitor Project; staff supervision for information protection and nonproliferation technology and safeguards; and development/implementation of sponsor partnership strategies in domains related to fundamental physical and biological sciences, applied environmental engineering, and national security. Spradling is the author of more than 50 research reports, review documents, and articles. He has successfully developed research activities with PNNL/Battelle and partner institutions that combine for lifecycle award values totaling more than $2.0B.


  • MS in Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University
  • BS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, The Ohio State University

Awards and Recognitions

  • Department of Energy Secretary's Award of Appreciation—Ebola Response Task Force (2017)
  • Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer—Acoustic Inspection Device for vehicle-borne contraband detection (2003)
  • Battelle Intellectual Property Key Contributor Award (2003)
  • Outstanding Research Award for The Ohio State University Graduate Research Forum in Engineering Science (1991)