Efficient operations and business practices are an integral part of the Laboratory's research and development programs and underpin their success. The Operations and Business Directorate keeps LLNL's programs and facilities running efficiently.
Boyd has served as the Lab's acting O&B principal associate director since December 2009. He replaced Frank Russo, who stepped down from his position to take the job of project director for the Hanford Vitrification Plant in Washington.
Boyd joined the Laboratory as a staff member in Engineering in 1977 and held several positions including group leader for Ultrasonics and Radiography and deputy section manager for Nondestructive Evaluation in the Energy Sciences Division.
He left the Laboratory in 1983 for opportunities with Battelle Memorial Institute, including serving as deputy director for operations at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory from 2000-2006. He rejoined LLNL in 2007 as the deputy principal associate director in Global Security.
"Don brings a broad spectrum of experience to this position, having successfully served in multiple senior operational leadership roles during his career, and is ideally qualified for this position," Miller said. "He has continued to champion high priority operational efficiency reform projects and his leadership had been instrumental in the contributions and improvements made by the O&B organization over the last two years."
Boyd attended the U.S. Military Academy, received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in material science from the University of California, Davis, earned through the LLNL continuing education program.
"Don has championed key initiatives such as the Laboratory's sustainability efforts and I appreciate his commitment to a 24-7 focus on safety, security, and environmental management and in advancing the Laboratory's programmatic and operational priorities," Miller said. "He is a respected and energized member of the senior management team and I look forward to his continued support as we make progress in fulfilling the Laboratory's important and evolving missions."