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Monday, September 15, 2014

ICF program is now officially owned by WCI

ICF program is now officially owned by WCI. A step forward, or an attempt to bury it out of sight?

Anantha Krishnan selected associate director for Engineering at LLNL

Anantha Krishnan selected associate director for Engineering at LLNL


Anantha Krishnan has been named as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's new associate director (AD) for Engineering, effective immediately, Lab Director Bill Goldstein announced Friday.

Krishnan's selection follows a nationwide search process that the Lab launched last year after current Associate Director Monya Lane announced her intent to retire.

As the AD for Engineering, Krishnan will be responsible for leading an organization of approximately 1,600 employees who provide engineering expertise, capabilities and research that is vital to the success of the Laboratory's programs and to sustaining the long term vitality of our Laboratory's scientific foundations.

"Anantha is exceptionally well-qualified for this role and I am confident that he will be an outstanding advocate for the engineering discipline, sustain excellence in our engineering staff, ensure excellence in managing our critical facilities and lead the development of the next generation of our mission-enabling technologies," Goldstein said. 

"I am honored to be taking on the role of associate director for Engineering," Krishnan said. "The Engineering Directorate has a long history of enabling the Lab to deliver on its ongoing missions while generating innovative ideas and concepts for future mission impact."

Krishnan has held multiple high-impact scientific and management positions since arriving at the Laboratory in 2005, and has quickly become a highly respected and accomplished leader. He has served as the deputy associate director in the Engineering Directorate and as the program director for Bio-Security, as well as the acting program director for Counterterrorism. He also served as the director of R&D in the Center for Micro- and Nano- Technology, and most recently, as the director for the Office of Mission Innovation. In these and other roles, Krishnan has seeded new Laboratory R&D initiatives in additive manufacturing, biomedical engineering and advanced sensor devices and systems. 

Working with colleagues across the Laboratory, Krishnan was a key contributor to the diversification and revitalization of the biosecurity program portfolio. Prior to coming to the Laboratory, Krishnan was a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 1999 to 2005, where he managed several programs in nano-bio-technology and high performance microelectronic circuit design. In recognition of his efforts at DARPA, he was awarded the Medal for Exceptional Public Service by the Secretary of Defense in 2005. 

He holds a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

How is LLNL 7 years later?

Have your LLNL facilities improved since the URS regime (Harold Conner and minions) took over in 2007? Are your facilities "world class"? How about the overall appearance of the Lab? Things are improving right?

Moses claims host spot ignition

Moses claims hot spot ignition at NIF in the first paragraph of this interview. Is that true?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Y12 problems:

Y12 problems:

If we would have such a list at LANL we would be closed and everyone would talk about culture again.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

New job for Ed Moses!!

"Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab Appointed as President of Giant Magellan Telescope Organization
Ed Moses will begin his new role effective on Oct. 2, 2014."


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DOE Panel members get consulting cash from labs they oversee

DOE Panel members get consulting cash from labs they oversee

More of the same people overseeing DOE labs that pay them a fat check.

300 LANL drums at WIPP now suspected

The scope and scale of the problem continue to grow. With this the cost to fix the problem continues to escalate, as does the time to address the growing list of concerns.

Political ads on the blog?

Why do we have political ads on the blog?

Monday, September 1, 2014


Retraction of journal article authored by (now) Sandia postdoc:

There are also rumors of plagiarism of a paper authored by another Sandia researcher in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C


  1. Any word on the package the labs submitted to DOE for approval
When will LLNL finally take over Sandia Livermore?
Anonymous said...
When will LLNL finally take over Sandia Livermore?

What does the fox say?
Anonymous said...
NNSA can't even get Sandia Livermore to allow LLNL to take over protective force security. Makes zero sense to have two different security forces covering basically the same site. I constantly see Sandia security vehicles on the LLNL site going to the gas station and cafeterias.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sandia scientist and lawsuit:

Sandia scientist and lawsuit:

A new LLNL contractor?

A new LLNL contractor?

What is the value added of bringing in a new contractor to manage LLNL by ending the LLNS contract ASAP? Without exclusive UC management of LLNL, would we be better or worse off with another LLC? Be specific please.
August 26, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Don't you get it yet? It ain't gonna happen. Ever. Go back to sleep!
August 26, 2014 at 8:02 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
So you believe DOE will continue the pay more get less for profit contractor model?
August 26, 2014 at 8:26 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
"So you believe DOE will continue the pay more get less for profit contractor model?

August 26, 2014 at 8:26 PM"

Yes, as long as the for profit companies make sure certain ex-DOE employees get get lucrative jobs in the end. Will congress see this as a problem? No because they too want to get on on the big money by working for corporations. Everyone is seeing the end name and wants to make as much as they can before the whole thing goes down. They know this system cannot and will not last and they are hoping to be the last ones before the end.

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