Díaz de la Rubia appointed deputy director for Science & Technology

June 3, 2010

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Díaz de la Rubia appointed deputy director for Science & Technology

LLNL Director George Miller has appointed Tomás Díaz de la Rubia as the deputy director for Science & Technology (DDST) to steward the continued long-term health of science, technology and engineering at the Laboratory.

Díaz de la Rubia has served as an associate director for Chemistry, Materials, & Life Sciences. Since June 2009, he has been the acting S&T principal associate director and Laboratory chief R&D officer. The new position is effective immediately.

“Tomás has done an excellent job focusing attention on the internal management and leadership of the S&T organization and representing science, technology and engineering as a member of the senior management team,” Miller said. “Over the last two years, he has helped facilitate significant changes in structure and management processes in the S&T Principal Directorate that have resulted in increased business efficiencies and organizational integration.“

In addition, Díaz de la Rubia led the development of LLNL’s scientific and engineering strategic human capital and in helping plan for the Laboratory’s future through the 100-day plan and the creation of the five-year strategic roadmap.

“I’m honored to be in a position where I can continue to provide leadership to our scientists and engineers as we move to realize the vision for the future of the Laboratory,” Díaz de la Rubia said. “LLNL has always taken pride in translating innovative scientific concepts and ideas into solutions that impact the most important national security problems and global societal priorities of our time. Game-changing science and technology in the national interest is what we do best. I’m privileged to be a part of it.”

Díaz de la Rubia joined the Laboratory as a postdoc in 1989 and since 2002 has held a variety of senior management positions. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles focused on the application of high-performance computing to materials properties in extreme environments, and co-edited several books. His work has been cited more than 5,800 times.

Díaz de la Rubia was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2002 and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society between 2002 and 2005, he was the vice chair (chair elect) of the Division of Computational Physics of the APS in 2008. He holds both a bachelor of science degree (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. in physics from The State University of New York, Albany.

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