PNNL names new director for technology commercialization

Lee Cheatham has been named director of technology deployment and outreach at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland.

Lee Cheatham
Lee Cheatham

Cheatham, the long-time executive director of the Washington Technology Center, was most recently at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, where he launched and led its Office of Strategic Partnerships in an effort to expand and diversify the national laboratory’s research portfolio. He started his professional career at PNNL, working as a computer sciences researcher and manager for 17 years.

At PNNL, Cheatham plans partnerships with the business community to commercialize intellectual property created by PNNL’s scientists and engineers.

He will also lead PNNL’s economic development support activities and manage affiliations with state, regional and national technology-based business associations.

As part of this role, Cheatham will create new startup and entrepreneurship initiatives and capabilities that are designed to boost job creation, create new markets for ideas and products, and maximize the impact of federal investments.

He currently serves on the National Science Foundation’s Business and Operations Advisory Committee.