Dawn Manley

Dawn Manley, Senior Manager Chemical Sciences

Dawn Manley,
Senior Manager
Chemical Sciences


Dawn Manley is the Senior Manager for Chemical Sciences at the CRF.  She is responsible for managing the facility operations and leading the fundamental science program. She also serves as program lead for policy and analysis for Sandia’s Energy and Climate business unit. Previously, Dawn served as the Deputy to the Vice President for Sandia’s California site. She supported the VP in strategic planning and operations for the 1200 person site. Dawn has also been responsible for developing and leading programs and interdisciplinary workshops in transportation energy analyses with government, industry, academic, and international partners.  She has provided testimony on fuels and transportation to the California State Senate, supported an international congressional delegation of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on clean energy, and served on the National Petroleum Council’s Future Transportation Fuels Study Team and the Transportation Research Board’s Alternative Transportation Fuels and Technologies Committee. She has analyzed technology options for future transportation energy pathways, including advanced efficiency, biofuels, hydrogen, and electric vehicles. Previously, Dawn served as manager of the CRF’s Reacting Flow Research Department.  Dawn’s research career also includes developing decision frameworks and utilizing simulation tools to train and educate decision makers, community responders, and civilian and military public health officials to prepare for bioterrorism threats.

Research Interests

  • Energy systems analysis
  • Decision analysis
  • Energy policy


  • BS Chemical Engineering, Stanford University 1994
  • MA Chemical Engineering, Princeton University 1996
  • PhD Chemical Engineering, Princeton University 1999


Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • Transportation Research Board Alternative Transportation Fuels and Technologies Committee Member, National Academies, 2013 – present
  • Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI, 2013-14
  • Lockheed Martin Leadership Essentials Program, 2010
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1994-1998
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 1993
  • Stanford Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 1993

Selected Publications & Patents

  • J. Westbrook, G.E. Barter, D.K. Manley, T.H. West, “A parametric analysis of future ethanol use in the light-duty transportation sector: Can the US meet its Renewable Fuel Standard goals without an enforcement mechanism.” Energy Policy, 65, 419-431(2014).
  • D.K. Manley, V.A. Peters, M.W. Jordan, R. E. Stoltz, “A Survey of Energy Policy Priorities of Energy Professionals in the United States: Energy Supply Security, Economics, and the Environment.” Energy Policy, 60, 687-696 (2013).
  • G.E. Barter, D. Reichmuth, T.H. West, D.K. Manley, “The Future Adoption and Benefit of Electric Vehicles: A Parametric Assessment.” SAE Int. J. Alt. Power, 6 (2013).
  • S.M. Paap, T.H. West, D.K. Manley, E.J. Steen, H.R. Beller, J.D. Keasling, D.C. Dibble, S. Chang, B.A. Simmons, “Biochemical Production of Ethanol and Fatty Acid Ethyl Esters from Switchgrass: A Comparative Analysis of Environmental and Economic Performance.” Biomass and Bioenergy, 49, 49-62 (2013).
  • D. S. Reichmuth, A.E. Lutz, D.K. Manley, J.O. Keller, “Comparison of the Technical Potential for Hydrogen, Battery Electric, and Conventional Light-duty Vehicles to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Petroleum Consumption in the United States.” Intl. J. Hydrogen Energy, 38, 1200-1208 (2013).
  • V. A. Peters, D. K. Manley, “An Examination of Fuel Consumption Trends in Construction Projects.” Energy Policy, 50, 496-506 (2012).
  • G.E. Barter, D. Reichmuth, J. Westbrook, L.A. Malczynski, T.H. West, D.K. Manley, K.D. Guzman, D.M. Edwards, “Parametric Analysis of Technology and Policy Tradeoffs for Conventional and Electric Light-duty Vehicles.” Energy Policy 46, 473-488 (2012).
  • J. M. Hruby, D. K. Manley, R. E. Stoltz, E. K. Webb, J. B. Woodard, “The Evolution of Federally Funded Research & Development Centers.” Federation of American Scientists Public Interest Report, Spring Issue (2011).
  • D. K. Manley and D. M. Bravata, “A Decision Framework for Coordinating Bioterrorism Planning: Lessons from the BioNet Program.” Am. J. Disaster Med. 4, 49 (2009).
  • D. K. Manley, A. McIlroy, and C. A. Taatjes, “Research Needs for Future Internal Combustion Engines.” Physics Today 61, 47 (2008).


Sandia National Laboratories
California P.O. Box 969
Livermore, CA 94551-0969
Work Phone: 925-294-4589
Work E-mail: dmanley@sandia.gov