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White House science, technology expert takes Livermore Lab post

Patricia Falcone served in Office of Science, Technology Policy

Patricia Falcone, 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.

"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.

Falcone will join the Lab on April 7.

During her tenure as an associate director 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 her appointment 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 President Obama.

While at Sandia Falcone served in a variety of technical and management positions and was named a distinguished member of the technical staff in 1989.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University and earned both Master of Science and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Throughout her career, she has worked with the Livermore Lab and returns with deep knowledge of the National Nuclear Security Administration and its laboratories.

As a member of the Lab's senior management team, Falcone will serve as the principal advocate and champion of its science and technology base and oversee the strategic development of its capabilities.

She will be responsible for the Laboratory's portfolio of world-class science, technology and engineering (ST&E) activities, collaborative research with academia and the private sector, the Institutional ST&E Roadmap and the internal investment portfolio, including the Laboratory-directed Research and Development program.

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