Jud Virden, Jr.

Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environment Directorate
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jud Virden is Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy and Environment Direc­torate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. PNNL is operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy.

He leads 1,000 scientists, engineers, and staff who are delivering science and technology solutions for the nation’s complex energy and environmental challenges — including advancing energy storage technologies, modernizing the power grid, integrating renewable energy, advancing energy efficiency in all sectors, developing biofuels, ensuring sustainable hydropower, and resolving complex issues in nuclear science.

With a focus on accelerating the deployment of technology to market, Jud helps shape regional, national and international public-private partnerships. His diverse industry and academic leadership includes the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, CleanTech Alliance of Washington, Oregon Innovation Council, University of Washington College of Engineering, University of Michigan Energy Institute, and Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute. He was elected in 2014 to the Washington State Academy of Sciences and elected to its board in 2017. Jud was inducted in 2017 as a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He joined PNNL in 1991 as a researcher and has held leadership roles of increasing responsibility and complexity, including deputy associate laboratory director, energy market sector director, and chief science and technology officer. Jud earned his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Washington.