LANL's Girrens and Beard take lead roles

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Director announces laboratory promotions

By Carol A. Clark

Director Michael Anastasio has announced that Steven P. Girrens is the new associate director for engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


“Steve is skilled at leading virtually all facets of engineering,” Anastasio said in a news release. “Whether it is preliminary design, analysis, computational modeling, commercialization or the transition to manufacturing, Steve has done it all.”

Girrens began working at LANL right out of college in January 1979.

“I’m enthused by the possibilities because my career at Los Alamos has taught me that the ultimate engineering challenge is enabling scientific discovery,” he said of his promotion.

Girrens has led LANL’s Technology Transfer Division since 2008. He’s also served in the Engineering Sciences and Applications Division and as a group leader for Weapon Response and Engineering Analysis.

Girrens is involved in community activities including serving a four-year term on the Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education from 2005 to 2009. He and Sharon Stover married 28 years ago. She also volunteers in the community and is chair of the Los Alamos County Council.

“We are all so very proud of Steven and know how hard he has worked by always giving 100 percent to each project, but more importantly, he always finds the time to ensure that his family comes first and gives his love and time to me and the kids,” Stover said. “I also admire him for finding the time to do some of the things that he personally enjoys such as umping little league games. It’s all part of seeking balance and he does a great job of it.”

Girrens and his wife have two children. Their daughter Quinn is studying law at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.

“My dad always strives to do the best in everything he does,” she said. “He is a motivator, a teacher and has a great sense of humor.

“My dad inspires the people around him to do better and he helps them do their best. He has motivated me to achieve my goals, and along with my mother, has been my greatest supporter. I know that he will do a great job and I am very proud of him.”

Son Craig is studying business at Colorado State University.

“My father continues to be the utmost inspirational and influential person in my life and I congratulate him on this promotion,” Craig said.

Girrens earned bachelor and master degrees in mechanical engineering from Wichita State University. He also holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University.

Anastasio also announced the promotion of Carl Beard to principal associate director for business and operations at LANL. Beard came to Los Alamos in 2006 to help lead the stockpile manufacturing and support organization. He succeeds Mike Mallory, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

“Carl is a highly accomplished and versatile leader, managing a wide range of scientific and manufacturing operations,” Anastasio said. “At Los Alamos and elsewhere, Carl’s teams have improved productivity and safely executed programs.”

Beard expressed his reaction when first hearing of his promotion.

“I was extremely excited and honored that the director and laboratory honored me with this position,” he said. “I look forward to doing my best to try to make the laboratory a better place to work for all of its employees.”

Beard has been married to his wife Robin for 10 years.

“Robin was excited and proud about my promotion,” he said, adding that they have two daughters who both attend Texas Tech University.

Beard holds bachelor, master and doctoral degrees in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University.