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Richard Cameron

Richard Cameron

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Cameron is a Program Manager in the PNNL Energy and Environment Directorate (EED) Earth Systems Sciences Division (ESSD) Environmental Assessment and Engineering Group. He has a broad range of technical and managerial skills and uses a systems approach to guide project teams to solve complex problems. With over twenty years at PNNL in a wide range of research, applied technology development, testing, and deployment activities with significant client interaction and budget/schedule responsibilities, Dr. Cameron leads engineering and science teams in developing, testing, and validating solutions to issues arising with fielded monitoring systems (e.g., hardware; software; firmware; instrumentation; operations); conducts engineering evaluations and laboratory testing to support solutions; reviews designs; and facilitates modeling. Responsibilities include significant client interaction; negotiations with stakeholders; policy development; working with contracts; developing and managing plans, budgeting and scheduling; reviewing design packages; identifying/resolving technical design/deployment issues; process development; configuration control and changes; estimating life-cycle costs; overseeing contractors and construction activities; and resolving system interface and integration issues.

Since 2008, Dr. Cameron has taught 12 different engineering courses as adjunct faculty at Washington State University — Tri-Cities (WSU-TC). Prior to joining PNNL, he spent 17 years with engineering firms working on a variety of environmental characterization, remediation, and monitoring projects throughout the United States. He is a licensed professional engineer with a Doctorate in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences; Master's degree in Environmental Engineering; and undergraduate degree in Business Management. In complement to his formal degrees, Dr. Cameron also has obtained graduate certificates in systems engineering; project management; engineering management; and construction management.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Washington State University, 2018
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, 1997
  • B.A., Business Management, Eckerd College, 1993
  • Graduate Certificates through the Engineering & Technology Management Program:
    • Engineering Management, Washington State University, 2008
    • Systems Engineering, Washington State University, 2007
    • Project Management, Washington State University, 2006
    • Construction Management, Washington State University, 2007
    • Licensed Professional Engineer, State of Washington - Civil Engineering, Number 33927

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2014 - R&D 100 Award for the Solar Thermochemical Advanced Reactor System
  • 2012 - Fitzner-Eberhardt Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science & Engineering Education
  • 2012 - Faculty Advisor of the Year at Washington State University - Tri-Cities
  • 1991 - George Westinghouse Signature Award for Excellence in Engineering

PNNL Publications


  • Cameron R.J., B.G. Fritz, C. Hurlbut, R.T. Kouzes, A. Ramey, and R. Smola. 2015. "Fogging in Polyvinyl Toluene Scintillators." IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science 62, no. 1:368-371. PNNL-SA-105192. doi:10.1109/TNS.2015.2390076
  • Zheng F., R. Diver, D.D. Caldwell, B.G. Fritz, R.J. Cameron, P.H. Humble, and W.E. TeGrotenhuis, et al. 2015. "Integrated solar thermochemical reaction system for steam methane reforming." Energy Procedia 69. PNNL-SA-104155. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2015.03.204



  • Zhong L., G.A. Pope, J.C. Evans, and R.J. Cameron. 2005. "Impact of Salinity on the Air-Water Partition Coefficient of Gas Tracers." Journal of Environmental Engineering (ASCE) 131, no. 9:1354-1357. PNNL-SA-40143.




  • TeGrotenhuis W.E., R.J. Cameron, M.G. Butcher, P.M. Martin, and R.S. Wegeng. 1999. "Microchannel Devices for Efficient Contacting of Liquids in Solvent Extraction." Separation Science and Technology 34, no. 6-7:951-974. PNNL-SA-29619. doi:10.1080/01496399908951075


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