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Lori Ross O'Neil

Senior Research Scientist, WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Computing and Networking Services, Unix Workstations

P.O. Box 999, K8-83
Richland, WA 99352
Work: (509) 375-6702 Fax: (509) 371-6110'neil_l Updated: July 9, 2014

Current Activities and Projects

Lori Ross O'Neil fills a key role in EMSL as the Security Project Lead for the Enabling Technologies Directorate. Lori has overall responsibility for planning and oversight related to high performance computing and EMSL’s computing infrastructure as related to cyber security.

Lori has been working in cyber security at PNNL since 1999, when she had planned to do a few small tasks, but she found she greatly enjoyed that every day offered something new and exciting to pursue by the pico-second. In 2005 Lori achieved her CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional). This highly desirable certification is held by just 30,000 world-wide and only a handful of staff at the lab.

Prior to working in cyber security, Lori worked as a UNIX system administrator both when she joined the lab in 1992 and when she worked for NASA at Edwards Air Force Base in California. While in California, Lori supported various space and flight based programs doing mathematical modeling, trajectory calculations and database programming.

Lori greatly enjoys tasks that are real world, highly technical and hands-on. She is experienced as both an internal and external technical lead of tasks that cross laboratory directorates and agencies. She is proficient in writing cyber policy aimed at satisfying federal requirements while enabling staff along with interfacing with DOE Office of CIO, DOE Office of Science, DHS, and industry. She enjoys talking to those outside the lab and promoting PNNL capabilities at conferences and technical exchanges.

Lori’s current focus includes protection of our national critical infrastructure, developing online security training, and promoting computer security within the lab and the community. She serves on the DOE Cyber Security Training conference committee and technology committees for the local community. Lori holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, an associate’s degree in business administration, a certificate in Knowledge Based Engineering and a lifetime credential to teach junior college in California.

Control systems cyber security work areas include:


B.S., Computer Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1987
A.S., Business Administration, 1987

Awards, Honors, & Appointments

Lori has received numerous PNNL awards as well as:

  • Nominated 2004 PNNL Woman of Achievement

  • 2007 Letter of Appreciation from Department of Energy Deputy CIO Carl Staton

  • 2006 Certificate of Appreciation from Department of Energy CIO Tom Pyke

  • 2003 Certificate of Appreciation from Department of Energy Associate CIO Glenn Schlarman.

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