Livermore gets new director

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National labs: Albright brings decades of experience to the job

By The Staff

Penrose “Parney” C. Albright has been named the director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), which manages the lab for the U.S. Department of Energy, made the announcement Oct. 27.
The appointment takes effect Dec. 1. Albright also will serve as president of LLNS.
Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan knows Albright and is looking forward to working with him.
“He got to Livermore after I left,” McMillan said Thursday night before the R&D Awards ceremony at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel. “We’ve interacted on global security issues and he will be great to work with.”
 Appointed with the concurrence of DOE, Albright is the 11th director of the Lab since it was established in 1952. He replaces George Miller, who is stepping down after six years as lab director.
Albright was selected after a nationwide search that began in June. Albright joined the lab in 2009 as the principal associate director of Global Security, the lab’s program for applying science and technology to the nation’s effort in counterterrorism, nonproliferation, defense, intelligence and energy needs.
“It is my honor to lead this Laboratory,” Albright said. “Livermore Laboratory has a long and rich history of service to the nation. As director, I will work diligently with the help and counsel of the entire Livermore team to ensure this laboratory remains a pre-eminent center of excellence in stockpile stewardship, high energy density physics, high performance computing and simulation, and other pillars of world class science, technology and engineering – all applied in the nation’s interests.”  
Albright has more than 20 years of experience in the federal government and the private sector. Before joining the laboratory he worked with Civitas Group, a homeland security consultant in Washington, D.C.
He has served as Assistant Secretary in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Assistant Director in the Office of Science and Technology Policy and, concurrently, Senior Director in the Office of Homeland Security in the White House; and program manager with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
He served for more than 15 years on the staff of the Institute for Defense Analyses, a Department of Defense Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), performing high quality and high impact studies and analyses for the most senior officials within the Office of the Secretary of Defense on a wide variety of complex systems and issues at the intersection between technology and policy.