VP Operations


Chuck Gunzel

Chuck Gunzel currently serves as a Manager in the National Security Directorate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) where he leverages over three decades of military, industry, and government experience leading national security projects utilizing innovative PNNL solutions & top-notch talent to maximize mission impact on behalf of today’s warfighter and non-proliferation experts.  Currently he is the Deputy Sustainability Manager within PNNL’s Nuclear Smuggling Detection & Deterrence Program.

Chuck joined PNNL in April of 2015 after three decades of service with the

U.S. Navy including 18 years of active duty and 12 years in the Naval Reserve. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), the National Defense Service Medal, and the Kuwait Liberation Medals (Saudi and Kuwait). His last active duty station was at the Office of Naval Research as a Program Manager for Irregular Warfare Systems on behalf of U.S. and International allies and their naval expeditionary missions. In this role at ONR, Chuck led the Nation’s leading basic research program to counter the IED threat working with JIEDDO, OSD, DHS, the White House, and across the services.

In the private sector, Chuck has leveraged his business, engineering, and leadership background engaging in large construction projects in the Pacific Northwest, including an S&T set-aside project with congressional interest in Alaska, and regional Navy work in Washington State.

Chuck holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Naval Sciences from Oregon State University. After 34 years in uniform he retired from military service as a Captain in the Navy, qualified in Surface Warfare, Engineering Duty, and Diving & Salvage.

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