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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

When is Monya leaving?

When is Monya Lane leaving? It was published she was leaving last June, but no date given and she is still here. I understand not having interim director Brett Knapp having to decide this but couldn't someone in Engineering who will probably remain with LLNL do a better job than Monya as a lame duck? Plus LLNL would save an AD salary!

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very common, most likely she was KGB. No biggy, beware of your surroundings at all times and who you associate with.

Anonymous said...

I think engineering went down hill after Steve Patterson left.

Anonymous said...

They went down hill after Ron Carr left, for those who remember him.

Anonymous said...

Like every organization, Eng has had it's ups and downs over the years.

Good ones included Steve Patterson, Ron Carr, Jens Mahler, and Jeff Williams.

On the bad side, remember Spiros Dimolitsas?

And everybody who was around at the time will have their own strong opinions (plus or minus) about Tony Chargin.

Engineering AD used to be an important position, that maintained and advanced the backbone of the Lab. I think this changed during Steve Patterson's tenure, and this was the reason he left. Since then, it's been hard to get heavy-hitters interested in taking the job.

Anonymous said...

Hold on grammar police! I meant "its", not "it's"

Anonymous said...

"Since then, it's been hard to get heavy-hitters interested in taking the job."

LLNS is confronted with the same problem as they search for a new LLNL Director.

Anonymous said...

You guys at LLNL have it good with Monya Lane. We have Steve Girrens (AD for Engineering) at LANL. Girrens is a "do nothing" Engineering AD who left LANL to work in industry only to return to LANL with his "tail between his legs".

Anonymous said...

Today what is the assignment really? What caliber of talent is needed for this assignment in its current form?

Anonymous said...

You don't need talent for this job. All you have to be is a yes-man or yes-woman for NIF. You cannot push an agenda that benefits the lab, if it does not benefit NIF first and foremost. If you have integrity or a backbone, you need not bother applying. In fact I wonder why Ed and Parney didn't disassemble engineering and just move parts into NIF, WCI or PLS and just lay off the rest. As you know, WCI, engineering and PLS are thought of as parasites when it comes to the NIF programs and the program and WFO funding coming into the lab.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately you have accurately summarized the situation. It is a rubber stamp and photo op position.

Anonymous said...

How NIF was able to suck away funds from other programs for so long is ridiculous and they still failed to deliver. It reminds me of the gambler asking the house for a credit extension because the next arm pull will certainly be a winner. Except at LLNS the credit extension actually comes out of the pocket of the other casino players.

Anonymous said...

It reminds me of the gambler asking the house for a credit extension because the next arm pull will certainly be a winner. Except at LLNS the credit extension actually comes out of the pocket of the other casino players.

January 3, 2014 at 11:29 AM

An interesting analogy. Any gambler with the history of NIF would have had both kneecaps broken long ago. Just shows that NNSA officials would never make it as casino operators in the big time.

Anonymous said...

"Good ones included Steve Patterson, Ron Carr, Jens Mahler, and Jeff Williams"

Jeff and I worked on a very unique prototype NOVA harmonic converter together ! Great experience, good guy !

Thanks Jeff !

Anonymous said...

"How NIF was able to suck away funds from other programs for so long is ridiculous and they still failed to deliver."

Actually, the Laser Engineering and Physics side of NIF delivered the goods ! LLNL can be proud of that.

Anonymous said...

Amazing what billions and billions of dollars will build, but no ignition.

Anonymous said...

"LLNL can be proud of that"

Those protected by Uncle Ed, have not directly experienced the programmatic funding subsidies on the backs of other LLNL programs, or force in and purge out staffing practices. When completed, I'm sure the transcontinental railroad beneficiaries were proud too. What's this talk of Chinese immigrant abuse? We are trying to have a celebration here.

Anonymous said...

Who wants this assignment in its current form? What LLNS mission influence has this post had in years?
Maybe Steve Patterson read the tea leaves correctly and decided to leave with his integrity intact.

Anonymous said...

Are there no takers for Monya's position? If so, why?

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