Lisa Durham
Director, Leadership Institute and Principal Environmental Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

Retention I Panelist
Lisa Durham is the director of the Leadership Institute and a principal environmental engineer at Argonne National Laboratory. As the Leadership Institute director, she provides strategic direction and management of creative programs designed to cultivate the leadership potential of all employees and to enable them to maximize their unique contributions to science, engineering, and Argonne’s mission. In the role of principal environmental engineer, Durham is responsible for programs, projects, and research associated with geoenvironmental analyses. Durham received her B.S. in geology from Texas A&M University and her M.S. in geosciences from Purdue University. She has more than 25 years of scientific and professional experience working with federal agencies in providing innovative technical approaches and expertise to investigate, characterize, and remediate environmentally contaminated legacy sites as a result of the nation’s early atomic weapons and energy programs. Durham has led efforts to increase diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and her advocacy and encouragement of young women interested in STEM careers earned her Argonne’s Women in Science and Technology (WIST) Diversity Award in 2012. She went on to lead the WIST program from 2013 to 2015. Most recently, Durham was named Scientist of the Month (April 2015) by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS-Chicago chapter). Durham serves on many panels and advisory boards, chairs numerous outreach activities, and attended the Strategic Laboratory Leadership Program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.