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Robin Sullivan

Robin Sullivan

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352


Ms. Sullivan has extensive experience utilizing her engineering background with a diverse set of clienteles on issues associated with sustainable design, pollution prevention, industrial safety, and nuclear safety. Her experience has focused on working with teams of subject matter experts to identify and provide solutions to complex problems. Her current focus is sustainable design and pollution prevention, including Army Reserve solid waste programs and Army Net Zero installations. Her primary interest is municipal solid waste; its reduction, diversion and potential for energy recovery.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable design and development
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Waste to Energy
  • Net Zero Waste
  • Waste minimization and diversion
  • Risk Management

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., in Metallurgical Engineering, University of Washington, 1992

Affiliations and Professional Service

Awards and Recognitions

  • October 2016: PNNL OPA, Efforts in development of Army 2015 Net Zero Progress Report
  • April 2016: PNNL OPA, Contribution to the development and management of Building Energy Asset Score.
  • July 2013: PNNL OPA, Efforts in the development of the DSA for WTP
  • November 2012: NASA Certificate of Appreciation; Contribution to the MSL Inter-Agency Nuclear Safety Review Panel
  • August 2012: PNNL OPA, Efforts of the DOE Energy Asset Score Program
  • May 2010: PNNL OPA, Support to the PDCF Project.
  • August 2008: PNNL Reward and Recognition, Support in the review and approval of RPL SB documents.
  • December 2005; PNNL OPA, Contribution to the PDSA Project
  • December, 2004, PNNL Shining Star Award, K Basin HIH PDSA
  • July, 2004, PNNL OPA, Successful "03
  • July, 2004, PNNL OPA, K Basin Sludge Retrieval PHA
  • September 2003: PNNL OPA, PDCF PDSA
  • July 2003; CH2MHill Certificate of Excellence, Completion of the DSA
  • March 2003: PNNL OPA, Efforts to support Tank System Retrieval and Closure EIS.
  • March 2003: PNNL OPA, Contribution toward Chernobyl Project contract win
  • November 2002: PNNL OPA, Efforts in finalizing WMP DSA supporting documentation.
  • March 2001: PNNL OPA, Recognition for support in USQ for Hanford Tank Waste Operations
  • December 2000: ORP Certificate of Appreciation, for performance in conducting assessment of RPP USQ Process
  • October 2000, SY-Farm Project Certificate of Appreciation, Closure of USQ

PNNL Publications






  • Sullivan R.S., and J. Young. 2006. "Tracking Hazard Analysis Data in a Jungle of Changing Design." In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management (PSAM), May 14-18, 2006, New Orleans, Louisiana, edited by MG Stamatelatos and HS Blackman, Paper No. PSAM-0460. New York, New York:ASME Press. PNNL-SA-46997. doi:10.1115/1.802442
  • Sullivan R.S., and J. Young. 2006. "Tracking Hazard Analysis Data in a Jungle of Changing Design." In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Probabilistic Safety Assessment & Management Conference held in New Orleans May 14-18, 2006, edited by MG Stamatelatos and HS Blackman, 96. New York, New York:American Society of Mechanical Engineers. PNNL-SA-50015.


  • Sullivan R.S., G.W. Ryan, and J. Young. 2004. "Remaining Calm in the Midst of Chaos." In Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG) Safety Analysis Working Group (SAWG) 2004 Annual Workshop, May 1-6, 2004, Pleasanton, CA, 13 pages. Pleasanton, California:EFCOG Safety Analysis Working Group Workshop. PNNL-SA-41260.

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