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Monday, March 16, 2015

White House official selected as LLNL Deputy Director of S&T

White House official selected as LLNL Deputy Director of S&T
Newsline - 3/13/15

Patricia Falcone, the associate director for National Security and International Affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), has been selected as deputy director for Science and Technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

Falcone will join the Lab on April 7.

"Falcone's proven leadership and expertise in national and international security matters, combined with her commitment to and experience in sustaining and developing science, technology and engineering excellence for critical national missions were prominent among many factors in her selection," said Lab Director Bill Goldstein in announcing the appointment.

During her tenure at OSTP - a position appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate - Falcone advised on a wide range of national security science and technology issues including the health of national security science and technology capabilities in federal and national laboratories, universities and industry. Prior to serving as associate director, she was on assignment from Sandia National Laboratories to OSTP, working on science and technology issues associated with nuclear security.

"Dr. Falcone's breadth and depth of knowledge, her terrific contacts across the defense and intelligence communities, and her superb judgment all contributed to an outstanding performance in her leadership of national-security science and technology for the White House, said John P. Holdren, OSTP director and science and technology adviser to the president.

While at Sandia she served in a variety of technical and management positions and was named a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in 1989. Falcone has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University and earned both a Master of Science and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Throughout her career, Falcone has been connected with Lawrence Livermore and arrives with deep knowledge of the National Nuclear Security Administration and its laboratories.

As a member of the LLNL senior management team, Falcone will serve as the principal advocate and champion of the Laboratory's science and technology base, and oversee the strategic development of its capabilities. She will be responsible for the Laboratory's portfolio of world-class ST&E activities, for collaborative research with academia and the private sector, the Institutional ST&E Roadmap, and internal investment portfolio, including the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program.

In announcing Falcone's appointment, Goldstein also thanked Greg Suski for "outstanding support over the last year in the acting DDST role and in supporting the transition in the DDST Office."

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like a very solid selection. Might have made a better choice as Lab Director if she'd been available after Parney left.

Anonymous said...

And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?
We call it Riding the Gravy Train.

Two astronauts will testify to that!

Anonymous said...

serious question - is this the old Tomas Del La rubio slot?

Anonymous said...

Si, es verdad! Es el trabajo del co~no Tomas!

Anonymous said...

"We call it Riding the Gravy Train.

Two astronauts will testify to that!"

Kind of a low blow ! don't you think !

Are you afraid of Stanford PhD's

Anonymous said...

I guess LLNL is where the glass ceiling of the white male club of Lab Directors will get broken.

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