Today at Berkeley Lab

A Message From Lab Director Witherell on His First Day on the Job

witherellDear Members of the Berkeley Lab Community,

As I officially begin my tenure as Lab Director today, I want to thank you for all that you have done over the past six weeks to welcome me. As I said at the town hall meeting, I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead this great laboratory.
Perhaps the most rewarding part of the job is the chance to learn first-hand about the broad range of outstanding research going on here. I have enjoyed meeting a few of the talented science and operations teams who make this work possible, and I am looking forward to meeting the rest of you in the weeks to come.

The years ahead promise to be very interesting at the Lab. We will develop innovative solutions that will contribute to a sustainable energy future; enable extreme-scale simulations of complex systems like the human brain or the global climate; develop a cost-effective manufacturing infrastructure based on biology; and help society make informed decisions about the sustainable use of water, energy and land in the context of a changing climate.

For the next few months, I will spend much of my time as a student, meeting and talking with as many of you as possible to gain a deeper understanding of the Lab’s incredible range of projects. I am especially interested to learn about initiatives that draw on expertise from different parts of the Lab. For this, I’ll rely heavily on your collective knowledge, skills and judgment. I will also rely on your commitment to the productive and diverse community that makes great research possible.

Best regards,
Mike