Prior to joining SRNL, Sue served as the Chief Science & Technology Officer, Energy & Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), overseeing approximately $265M of annual research with more than 1,100 staff performing research for multiple DOE mission sponsors. In this role, she directed PNNL’s Nuclear Materials Processing initiative, developing a Laboratory-wide vision and strategy that spanned PNNL’s collective nuclear research enterprise and nuclear operations, and defined and executed a strategy for investments that resulted in hiring next generation nuclear science staff. She has also been a faculty member at Washington State University (WSU) in the Chemistry Department since 1996, rising to the rank of Regents Professor. This is the University’s highest academic rank and reserved for the top 30 faculty at the University. As a Joint Appointee between PNNL and WSU, Sue launched the joint Nuclear Science and Technology Institute in 2018 with a focus on workforce development and engaging academic faulty through joint appointments with the Laboratory.
Sue began her career more than 30 years ago at Savannah River Site, working as a Staff Scientist for Westinghouse Savannah River Technology Center, followed by four years as a Research Ecologist for the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. SC. She has received numerous awards for her technical contributions including the Garvan-Olin Medal (2012) and the Glenn T. Seaborg Award in Nuclear Science from the American Chemical Society.