William Bookless has been named the new associate director for the Safety and Environmental Protection (SEP) Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The appointment, by Director Michael Anastasio, is effective immediately. Bookless replaces Dennis Fisher, who retired in June.
“I look forward to having Bill on my management team,” said Anastasio. “Bill has an extensive background including nuclear safety and security. With his leadership experience, he will continue to ensure our Laboratory maintains a safety & environmental protection program that is best in class.”
As an associate director, Bookless will be responsible for providing the Laboratory with leadership, cost-effective services, and support in environmental, safety and health activities and quality assurance. He will be responsible for executing direct-funded Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management program activities in waste management and environmental restoration.
Key goals of Bookless’ directorate include fostering a safe working environment across the Laboratory, with appropriate safety training and education for all Laboratory employees, protecting the environment via monitoring, compliance, restoration and waste management activities, and protecting the health of Laboratory employees.
Bookless will be responsible for a budget of $121 million and his organization has more than 700 employees.
“One of the Laboratory’s core values has always been simultaneous excellence in science and technology, operations and business practices,” Bookless said. “Without an excellent safety and environmental protection program we could not accomplish much of the work we do. I look forward to helping the Laboratory build upon a strong program in these areas."
Bookless came to the Laboratory in 1978 to conduct his doctoral thesis research in physics. From 1981 to 1986 he served as project leader for investigating the effects of pulsed, high-current electron beams and investigating the effects of X-ray lasers. In 1986 he was named deputy leader of B Division, one of the Lab’s nuclear weapons design divisions. In 1988 he was named an associate program leader in the nuclear test program; Bookless was appointed program leader of the Nuclear Weapons Surety (Safety, Security and Use Control Program) in 1991.
Since 1994 he has served as project leader of the Nuclear Weapons Information Project, an effort to determine the best way for the weapons program to capture the knowledge learned during the existence of the program and make this information available to future experts. “This will improve our stockpile stewardship prospects as we lose the individuals who were instrumental in the development of the current and projected stockpile,” he said.
In 1996 Bookless was named deputy associate director of Defense and Nuclear Technologies, providing assistance in the planning and execution of the nuclear weapons program.
Bookless served as editor of the Laboratory’s scientific magazine, Science and Technology Review, from 1994-95. He has published nine papers on various aspects of lasers and physics research and is a member of the scientific fraternity, Sigma Xi.
Bookless earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Southern Illinois University in 1975 and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wyoming in 1980. He is a resident of Livermore.
Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory, with a mission to ensure national security and apply science and technology to the important issues of our time. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.