Engineering AD to leave the Lab for Georgetown University post

Sept. 21, 2001

Engineering AD to leave the Lab for Georgetown University post

Spiros Dimolitsas, Associate Director for Engineering, has resigned to take a position with Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer.

Dimolitsas, who came to LLNL in 1995, will join Georgetown University effective Nov. 12. As the University’s chief administrative officer, he will be responsible for project planning and management, facilities, human resources, financial audit, the chief information officer function, business services, and technology transfer.

As associate director, Dimolitsas has assisted the Lab in developing a strong image for the Engineering Directorate. Utilizing the theme, “Extreme Engineering,” he has helped the organization develop systems that “push technologies to their extremes.”

“Spiros has helped the Lab develop strong interactions with the broad engineering community and has increased our emphasis on project management,” said Director Bruce Tarter said. “He has also been a strong advocate of the Lab’s efforts in recruiting and retaining employees. I appreciate the strong leadership he has given to Engineering and we wish him well in his new position.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure at the Lab,” Dimolitsas said. “The projects, the people and quality engineering are unparalleled.

“After six years as Associate Director for Engineering, I decided that the time has come to offer someone else the opportunity to lead this wonderful organization. We clearly went through one of the most turbulent periods of time in the Lab's history, but I feel confident that the Lab and Engineering have emerged stronger than ever.

“The decision to step down was not easy to make, for I have made many friends at Livermore. However, I am leaving at a time when our leadership team is strong and our organization is filled with much promising young talent ready for increased responsibility. I am thus confident that the transition will be smooth and effective.
“I am particularly thankful for the opportunity to be part of this organization. Even though I will be on the East Coast, I will always continue to be a strong supporter of Lawrence Livermore National Lab.”

Georgetown University President, John J. DeGioia said: “I am confident that Dimolitsas’s demonstrated management ability, collaborative approach to decision-making, appreciation of the academic and research enterprise and everyone in it, and understanding of Georgetown’s position and priorities will help us move decisively to strengthen our infrastructure, meet critical needs, and achieve ambitious aims for the University in the years ahead.”

Dimolitsas said that he will be working with the Director’s Office in the coming weeks to help determine who will be the acting Associate Director. A selection committee will be organized for a permanent replacement.

Prior to joining LLNL, Dimolitsas was a director at COMSAT Laboratories, the research and development arm of the Communications Satellite Corporation. He has also worked for United Technologies MOSTEK, a semi-conductor manufacturer, and before that was with the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and High Energy and Nuclear Equipment in Switzerland, working in biomedical and computer-aided design and manufacturing fields.

Dimolitsas holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and Digital Signal Processing from the University of Sussex, an M.S. in Nuclear Reactor Science and Engineering from the University of London and a B.S. with honors in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Sussex. He is also the author of 60 papers and holder of five patents.
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