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Susan Heinz


Technical Project Manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Location: Oak Ridge, TN


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Susan Heinz, PMP, CSM

Ms. Heinz is a Technical Project Manager in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  Ms. Heinz is currently the Project Manager for the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments Arctic (NGEE Arctic) project and project coordinator for Department of Energy's Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Program at ORNL.  

Susan’s technical background is in Geography, emphasizing management of technical scientific services projects involving earth science applications, data and information systems.  Previous to joining ORNL Susan was the Operations Manager for the Fourteenth Coast Guard District’s Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Program in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Susan developed and implemented the Maritime Domain Awareness USCG Program that is responsible for the fusion and analysis of spatial and ancillary data concerning domestic and international fisheries enforcement in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean.  The operation addresses situational awareness for environmental, economic, safety and security concerns in Oceania.

In her previous roles, Susan provided technical solutions for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the Operations Manager for NASA’s Physical Oceanography Active Archive Center (PODAAC) and the Applications User Services Manager for the GODAE High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) Pilot Project. 

Previous professional experience includes positions as a Geographer and GIS Applications Specialist with GeoLogics Corp., Raytheon, SAIC, Parsons Engineering and her own company The Star Group.  Ms. Heinz is a Veteran with prior service in the Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve.  Educated at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography with an emphasis in Remote Sensing Applications and Cartography.  She is a R6Sigma Specialist and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).  Hobbies include participation in Rotary International projects, adventure motorcycling, sustainable agriculture, stand up paddle surfing, fishing and boating.

Work experience

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Technical Project Manager
March 2011 - Present, Oak Ridge, TN, US


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