Deborah Frincke

Associate Laboratory Director for National Security Sciences, United States Government’s Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Deborah Frincke is the Associate Laboratory Director for National Security Sciences at the United States Government’s Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). There, she contributes to overall laboratory leadership as well as specifically guiding the research and development of science-based solutions to complex threats that put public safety, national defense, energy infrastructure, and the economy at risk. These include nuclear nonproliferation, cybersecurity threats, geospatial and human dynamics, and both operational and tradecraft missions. Dr. Frincke joined ORNL from the United States Government’s National Security Agency (NSA), 2011 to 2020. While at NSA, she served in several roles, to include leadership of the full range of Research in that agency. The role included being dual-hatted as the agency’s Science Advisor and first Innovation Champion. She was also a founding member of the NSA Board of Directors. She also launched a cybersecurity company (TriGeo Network Security) and had an academic career through full professor. She has published over 200 articles and technical reports and is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machines. Her federal awards include the United States Presidential Rank Award, NSA’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, and the first NSA Research Leadership Excellence in Intelligence Award. She was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of California, Davis in 2019.