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Director’s Message on Appointment of New Deputy Director of Operations

Dear colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce that Michael Brandt has been appointed by University of California President Janet Napolitano as Berkeley Lab’s new Deputy Lab Director for Operations and Chief Operating Officer. He will begin his tenure here on March 5. He replaces Glenn Kubiak, who is retiring on Feb. 16. We will announce the interim Deputy Lab Director for Operations and Chief Operating Officer in the next few days.

As you know, Glenn has led a transformation at the Laboratory, developing an Operations team that is among the best in the world at supporting research. I am confident that Michael Brandt will be able to lead us to even better performance in this area. Please give him a warm welcome as he comes into our Berkeley Lab community.

Best regards,

Biographical information for Michael Brandt:

Brandt is a leader and executive with more than 30 years of progressively increasing responsibility and accountability for business services, ESH, facilities, enterprise risk management, and operations. He has worked as a manager in the chemical and synthetic fuels industry, research and development, manufacturing, DOE nuclear and high hazard operations, and non-governmental agencies.

Prior to coming to Berkeley Lab, Brandt served as the Associate Director of Environment, Safety, and Health for Los Alamos National Security, LLC, where he led an organization of 750 employees with an operating budget of more than $150M. He was responsible for Lab-wide ESH activities for roughly 11,000 employees operating in a 38-square-mile site that houses specialized and complex scientific experiments, operations, and supporting facility infrastructure.

Brandt has published more than 40 papers and delivered more than 100 invited technical, scientific, and leadership presentations. He has held academic appointments at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the University of New Mexico, and at the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma where he taught graduate students. He has mentored more than a dozen students and served on a number of thesis committees. He served as President of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), was elected fellow of the AIHA in 2007, and continues to serve on its technical and leadership committees.

Brandt holds a doctorate in public health with a specialty in Environmental Health Sciences, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. He earned a M.S. in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health; and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Cook College of Rutgers University. He is a certified industrial hygienist and a certified project management professional.