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Erik W. Pearson

Vice President, Strategic Planning, Global Laboratory Operations, 

Erik PearsonAs Vice President for Strategic Planning, Pearson is responsible for strategic and business planning for Battelle’s laboratory operations business, and for coordinating planning with Battelle-managed laboratories. He is extensively involved in development and articulation of Battelle’s approach to managing major research laboratories, participates in the conception and execution of multi-laboratory research and business development initiatives, and develops Battelle positions on DOE laboratory governance and science and technology policy issues affecting the national laboratories. 

Pearson came to Laboratory Operations following three years as Director of Strategic Planning for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he led the Laboratory’s business and strategic planning and managed the Laboratory’s planning interface with DOE. Prior to coming to ORNL he served 19 years on the staff at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the last eight as Director of Strategic Planning.  While holding that position Pearson led a major laboratory initiative in computational science and was responsible for formulation and early-stage development of laboratory initiatives in bioproducts and other emerging areas. In earlier positions Pearson led PNNL’s Analytic Sciences Department, with responsibility for lab capabilities in applied mathematics, statistics and fluid mechanics; was part of the team that created the Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (PNNL’s primary user facility), where he led planning for the computing and data management infrastructure; and served as group leader for applied mathematics.

During his time on PNNL’s technical staff Pearson published articles on atmospheric science, energy use and conservation, and chemical physics, and managed substantial data analysis and software development efforts. His graduate research was in the area of intermolecular interactions. He maintains an active interest in U.S. science policy and its energy, security, economic and environmental drivers.

Pearson joined PNNL as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in 1983 after completing his PhD in chemical physics from Harvard University. He also holds an MA in physics from Harvard University and an AB in chemistry and mathematics from Bowdoin College. He is a former Trustee of Western Washington University and of Columbia Basin College, has held an affiliate faculty appointment in the Applied Mathematics Department at the University of Washington, and is a member of the American Physical Society, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, American Geophysical Union and American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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