Los Alamos names new head of stockpile manufacturing and support
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Organization responsible for production of nuclear weapon components and other national security-related products and servicesLOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, January 22, 2008—Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio has named Carl Beard as the new associate director for stockpile manufacturing and support. Beard has held this position in an acting capacity since June 2007
"The stockpile manufacturing directorate produces for the nation crucial components in support of national security through work that cannot be done anywhere else in the weapons complex," said Anastasio. "Carl has been doing an excellent job as acting associate director, and I am confident in his ability to combine leadership skills with considerable engineering expertise to guide the SMS organization to its ultimate successes."
Beard worked at Los Alamos early in his career before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory, a 1.1 megawatt nuclear reactor. Prior to his current job at Los Alamos, Beard worked at BWXT Pantex in Amarillo, Texas as head of the applied technology division and then the engineering division, responsible for high explosive manufacturing and testing operations and engineering support for all weapons assembly and disassembly operations.
Carl has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, a team composed of Bechtel National, the University of California, BWX Technologies, Inc. and URS for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.
Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.