May 30–31, 2018 • Fairbanks, AK

Paul Kearns

Argonne National Laboratory

Paul Kearns

Director, Argonne National Laboratory

Paul K. Kearns is the director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne
National Laboratory. He is responsible for guiding development and
implementation of the laboratory’s strategic vision and leading Argonne to
deliver outstanding performance in science and technology, operations,
employee health and safety, and environmental protection. Dr. Kearns
promotes a culture of innovation and collaboration within the laboratory
and helps Argonne maintain strong strategic partnerships.

Dr. Kearns has nearly three decades of management experience, a strong
background in science and engineering and extensive experience with the
U.S. Department of Energy. He served six years as Chief Operations Officer
for Argonne.

Dr. Kearns came to Argonne from Battelle Global Laboratory Operations,
where he conducted strategic planning and business development for research
activities in energy, environment, and national security and led an
initiative to deliver greater value to government and commercial energy
clients through enhanced national laboratory collaboration. With Battelle
he also led an analysis of research and development and investment
strategies in nuclear energy for the U.S. Department of Energy and the
United Kingdom Technical Strategy Board; established a Joint Capability
Technology Demonstration on micro-grids and supporting cyber security for
the U.S. Pacific Command; and served as president and managing director of
a subsidiary founded to help Italian government and industry solve
challenges in energy, security, and environment.

From 2003 to 2005 Dr. Kearns was director of the Idaho National Engineering
and Environmental Laboratory, where he also served as deputy laboratory
director and associate laboratory director for Environmental Technology and
Engineering. At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Dr. Kearns managed
Process Technology and Environmental Management Resources and the
laboratory's Waste Disposal Integration Team. For the Department of Energy,
Dr. Kearns served in leadership and advisory roles in the Office of Energy
Management in Washington and regional offices including the Chicago
Operations Office.

Dr. Kearns is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, member of the American Nuclear Society and the Society for
Conservation Biology, and served as a visiting professor in engineering and
physical sciences at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He
holds a doctorate and a master's degree in bionucleonics and bachelor's
degree in natural resources and environmental sciences, all from Purdue
University.