LANL Director Charles McMillan announces plans to retire at end of year

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By The Staff

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charles McMillan announced Tuesday his plans to retire at the end of year.

McMillan informed LANL employees during an in-person, all-employee meeting, according to a release.

 “It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Director these past six years. Every day, I have been in awe of the people of this great Laboratory and what we have been able to contribute to this nation’s security,” McMillan told employees, according to the release.

“Charlie McMillan has led Los Alamos National Laboratory with a rare combination of commitment, intelligence and hard work,” said Norm Pattiz, Chairman of Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the management and operations contractor for the lab. “Because of his passion for the Lab, its missions and its people, he agreed to stay on as Director at the Board’s request, past his originally planned retirement date. We appreciate Charlie’s commitment and believe he has put this iconic institution in a strong position to continue serving the country for many years to come.” 

McMillan said work to advance analytical capabilities with the new Trinity supercomputer, experimental capabilities in Los Alamos and at the National Nuclear Security Site in Nevada and the lab’s research in materials science has strengthened nuclear weapons and global security mission work.

“I am proud of the scientific and engineering work that underpins all of our national security efforts and leads to scientific advancements,” said McMillan. “From helping explore Mars, to aiding global efforts to develop an HIV vaccine, to producing life-saving medical isotopes, to earth system modeling, Los Alamos’ unique multidisciplinary scientific capabilities make the world a better place.”

McMillan noted in his all-employee meeting the health of the laboratory, as measured both in hiring and budget.

Los Alamos hired more than 1,000 employees last fiscal year and expects to hire roughly the same number by the end of FY2017.

The laboratory’s budget has grown about $400 million from FY2013 to today’s FY2017 budget of $2.5 billion.

“With an eye on the future, we have taken steps in the past few years to put Los Alamos in a strong position to meet the challenges that lie ahead,” said McMillan. “The work that has been done to develop future leaders at all levels, expand the operating budget, and hire the workforce of 2030 has put the Laboratory on the right trajectory for continued success in the decades to come.”