Richard McCullough

Deborah Gracio

Program Development, National Security
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Deborah GracioDeborah Gracio joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 1990 and is currently PNNL’s Director of Program Development. Gracio has led the research, development, and management of multiple cross-disciplinary, multi-laboratory projects focused in the basic sciences and national security sectors. Her work has included research and development of integrated computational environments for biodefense, computational biology, computational chemistry, and atmospheric modeling.

Previously, Gracio was director for the Computational and Statistical Analytics Division, and also served as director of the Data-Intensive Computing Initiative. Research started in this program continues to address the acquisition challenges of high-throughput streaming data, workflow, provenance, and the development of an integrated architecture to support a distributed analysis environment.

Gracio received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University (WSU) and her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from WSU. She has been recognized as a WSU Woman of Distinction (2011) and also received the Software Creator Award (2009), the Key Contributor Award (2009), a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award (2000), R&D 100 Award (1999), US Department of Energy — Certificate of Appreciation (1995), and DOE Outstanding Woman in Engineering (1989).

Gracio is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of IEEE’s Computer Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.



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