Environmental Science Division (EVS)a Division of Argonne National Laboratory
Predictive environmental understanding
Lorraine M. LaFreniere
Principal Geological Engineer/Program Manager, Sponsor POC, USDA
Hydrology, Remediation, and Risk-based Restoration Department
  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980.
Current Role
Principal Investigator and Program Lead, Applied Geoscience and Environmental Restoration Program.
Application of geology/hydrogeology and cone penetrometer (CPT) technology in hazardous waste investigations and remediation; expertise in field geology, Quaternary glaciofluvial and glaciolacustrine stratigraphy, petroleum exploration and development (carbonate reservoirs).
Career Highlights
  • Program manager: Environmental site characterization and remediation for U.S. Department of Agriculture; annual budget $4-5 million.
  • Designer and developer: Largest, most published phytoremediation project in the Midwest; CPT equipment patents for application in environmental work, with regulatory acceptance.
  • Supervisor: Geologic exploration and development of DOE Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.
  • Developer/co-developer: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSSE) post-Macondo “Effects of Water Depth Workshop,” 2011; Rocky Mountain Oil Testing Center for petroleum industry; course to assist Native American Councils in management of petroleum resources on tribal lands; summer geologist and petroleum engineering training programs for historic minority universities (for DOE).