Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is internationally recognized for systems engineering and integration through the implementation of technology in real-world complex systems focusing on smart and robust nuclear and radiological security and energy systems optimization and integration. This core capability has solved some of the most challenging national problems by defining and interpreting complex technical requirements and translating them into fieldable solutions that address economic, social, policy, and engineering considerations.
Using a structured approach to understand complex systems throughout their life cycle, PNNL applies our domain knowledge and experience in engineered systems simulation and modeling; system architecture and design; test, evaluation, and optimization; technology assessment, integration, and deployment; policy assessment and economic evaluation; and regulatory analysis, risk assessment, and decision support. This allows our staff to effectively take early-stage research through the development and technology maturation processes and to deploy technical solutions that address our sponsor’s most critical challenges.
PNNL proactively engages with other national laboratories and industry to define best practices for applying systems engineering in early-stage research and development, and applies a graded approach to our systems engineering discipline that enables us to deliver solutions in a highly efficient, effective way. PNNL is known worldwide for effectively field-deploying international nuclear materials safeguards, nuclear and radiological security, and complex radiation detection systems. PNNL is also known for leadership in integrated building energy technologies, including advancing solid-state lighting, advanced building control, and building-grid integration technology.
Further, PNNL is recognized nationally for the rigorous analyses that support building energy code development and enable the Department of Energy to fulfill statutory requirements related to appliance standards. And PNNL is widely known for advancing national power grid reliability and smart grid technologies.