Kelly Olsen Sullivan
Manager, Institutional Science and Technology Investments
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dr. Sullivan joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in August of 2001, and now leads the Laboratory's Institutional S&T Investments in the Office of the Institutional Strategy, Science, and Technology. She provides leadership for the investment of approximately $80M annually related to capability and business development. These investments are designed to position PNNL for continued technical leadership that impacts the nation's most challenging and important problems. In addition, Dr. Sullivan manages the Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship program.
Prior to coming to PNNL, she was a chemistry professor at Mankato State University in Minnesota and at Creighton University in Nebraska. She taught physical and general chemistry, and also directed the Creighton Chemistry Players, a team of faculty and students who brought the excitement of chemistry to children and adults through theatre and music. Dr. Sullivan's research interests focus on the electronic structure of small molecules and ions. Early in her career she utilized a home-designed and built mass spectrometer to study high-energy neutrals using neutralization mass spectrometry. Later she branched into computational chemistry, focusing primarily on small molecules and anions of atmospheric and mass spectrometric interest.
Sullivan received a B.S. in chemistry from Christian Brothers College and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Texas Tech University.