Jud W. Virden, Jr., is the Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He leads at team of 1,000 scientists, engineers and staff focused on delivering science and technology solutions for energy and environmental challenges. During his two decades at PNNL, he has served in many key roles, including technical group manager, program manager, deputy associate laboratory director, director of business operations and director of energy market sectors. As part of his involvement in the strategic direction and growth of PNNL energy programs, he has helped shape national and international public/private technology partnerships to accelerate technology deployment. In 2009, for example, he was assigned to DOE Headquarters to assist in development of U.S.-China technical research priorities. And, in 1994, he served on a two-year assignment in Flint, Mich., working with the United States Council for Automotive Research, where he initiated and developed multiple government/industry advanced vehicle technology development projects. Jud earned doctorate and bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington. He was elected in 2014 to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.