Physicist William Goldstein, a 29-year lab employee with extensive senior management experience, is the new director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory starting this week.
Goldstein is the 12th director of the lab since it was founded by
the University of California in 1952 and he replaces Parney Albright, who stepped down last November.
His appointment, which was announced just a week ago, succeeds Albright as president of Lawrence Livermore National Security, a public-private consortium that manages lab operations.
Lawrence Livermore National Security Chairman Norman Pattiz said in a statement that Goldstein was selected to be the lab's director "because of his proven scientific leadership and senior management experience across a broad range of laboratory programs, his passion for the lab's mission and people and his ability to strategically manage the breadth of the lab's
science and technology capabilities and operations to meet critical national security needs."
Pattiz said Goldstein "is a respected and trusted scientist among
laboratory managers and employees and with the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration and other key government sponsors and academic and industrial partners."
Pattiz said Goldstein, a 29-year lab employee with extensive
senior management experience, was selected after a competitive national search that began in November.
Goldstein said in a statement, "I am honored to be entrusted with
"I look forward to working with my lab colleagues, the
Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration and Lawrence Livermore National Security to ensure that this extraordinary institution continues to enhance the nation's security and well-being through outstanding science and technology," he added.
Goldstein served as the lab's deputy director for science and
technology, a position in which he led the strategic deployment of its science and technology capabilities.
Before holding that position, Goldstein served as the lab's
associate director of physical and life sciences, where he had responsibility for a broad range of physics research and development, medical physics and biophysics, chemistry, optical sciences and instrumentation and
Goldstein has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Columbia
University and a bachelor's degree in physics from Swarthmore College.