Laura L Pullum

Sr. Research Scientist

Dr. Laura Pullum is a senior research scientist in the Computational Data Analytics Group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with over 30 years experience. Her research is in software-based system dependability and intelligent systems. She currently conducts research in the evaluation, verification and validation of predictive analytics and machine learning systems, and the use of novel machine learning algorithms for dependable disease dynamics examination.  Prior to joining ORNL, she worked in industry, at a non-profit research institute, as a visiting professor, and as a small business owner.

Dr. Pullum has authored numerous publications including books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed papers; holds one patent, serves on technical advisory boards and NSF review panels, and serves on the standards working group for IEEE P1012-201X Standard for System Verification and Validation. She is a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society.

Dr. Pullum holds a BS in Math; Masters degrees in Operations Research, Business Administration, and Geology; and a doctorate in Systems Engineering and Operations Research.  


*  Employee of the Quarter, Computational Sciences and Engineering Division, ORNL, 2014
*  Distinguished Employee, Computing & Computational Sciences Directorate, ORNL, 2012
*  Business development awards, Institute for Scientific Research, 2003-2006
*  P.K. McElroy Award for Best Paper, 1996 Reliability and Maintainability Symposium for “Fault Tree Models for the Analysis of Complex Computer-Based Systems”
*  SRS Technologies employee of the Month, Nov. 1989, June 1991
*  Presidential Award for Outstanding Master’s Project, Southeastern Inst. of Technology, 1990


U.S. Patent # 6,212,649 B1, “System and Method for Providing Highly-Reliable Coordination of Intelligent Agents in a Distributed Computing Environment,” (co-inventor), 2001.