Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Deputy Director

Rick Kacich, Deputy Director, supports the Laboratory Director on high priority institutional matters.


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Kacich has 40 years of nuclear industry experience in the private and public sectors.

Rick Kacich

Rich Marquez, Executive Director

Rick Kacich currently serves Los Alamos National Laboratory as deputy director, reporting to the Laboratory director. 

Kacich has 40 years of nuclear industry experience in the private and public sectors. During the past 10 years he worked for Bechtel, including a recent position as project operations manager for the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) in Richland, WA. From 2006 to 2009, he served as manager of licensing and nuclear safety at Yucca Mountain.

Kacich began his career with Northeast Utilities (now Eversource Energy) headquartered in Connecticut, where he provided engineering support for startup of a nuclear power facility. He became director of nuclear planning, licensing, and budgeting, with responsibility for the entire spectrum of financial and regulatory activities for the four nuclear power units in Connecticut. He was the President of Yankee Atomic Electric Company for three years, leading decommissioning activities at the site, and also chaired the offsite safety review committee at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Station for several years.  At Yucca Mountain, he led the licensing and nuclear safety efforts for pre- and post-closure safety analysis of repository design and modeling activities. Most recently, Kacich led the development of a comprehensive, integrated managed improvement project at the WTP in Richland, WA, to meet U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requirements for safe and compliant operation under an approved DOE nuclear safety regime. 

Kacich earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He also earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Hartford, in Hartford, CT. He is a licensed professional engineer and held an Atomic Energy Commission Fellowship while in graduate school.