John LaFemina

Director, Laboratory Planning and Performance Management, PNNL

Dr. John P. LaFemina is Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL) Director of Laboratory Planning and Performance Management, responsible for developing and implementing an institutional performance management framework that will distinguish PNNL as a world-class scientific research institution.  Prior to this, he was Director of Institutional Strategy at PNNL and Director of Operations for Battelle Toxicology Northwest—part of Battelle’s Health and Life Sciences Global Business.  Dr. LaFemina has held a variety of research and executive management positions throughout his nearly 30 years with Battelle and PNNL.  Before joining PNNL, he was a Captain in the United States Army.

John earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at The Pennsylvania State University and has written or contributed to more than 50 scientific papers and made over 100 presentations on a variety of topics ranging from the photophysics of polymers to the atomic and electronic structure of semiconductor and mineral surfaces and interfaces. He was the Series Editor of “The Chemistry and Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces” published by CRC Press, and is an active member of the American Chemical Society.

John also serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties, and is a graduate of Leadership Tri-Cities Class V and Past-President of their Board of Directors. He is an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church, an active coach of youth sports throughout the Tri-Cities for the past 20 years, and spent 13 years as a guitarist for the local rock band Mudshark.


Facility Performance Metrics
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – 1:40 pm
Performance metrics are more than a scorecard. Properly implemented, they can inform decisions on how best to keep research infrastructure on the forefront of the scientific endeavor. The session will include discussions on examples of operational performance metrics that can be used to describe facility outputs and outcomes, track operational performance (uptime), track operations and maintenance costs, and support budget requests for facility sustainment and improvement.

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