The appointment was made by LLNL Director C. Bruce Tarter and confirmed by the University of California Regents and by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
"I am extremely pleased Glenn has accepted this position," said Bruce Tarter, Lab director. "His expertise as a scientist and engineer, and his demonstrated leadership ability are well-known at this Lab. He will be a wonderful addition to our senior management team."
In his new position, Mara will lead more than 2200 engineers, designers, technicians, machinists and other personnel in the Engineering Directorate. This department is responsible for the design, fabrication and operation of most of the Lab's unique experimental facilities. This engineering work often involves the simultaneous integration of multiple technologies - from large-scale, complex applied physics systems to micro-scale engineering.
"I am honored to have been selected," said Glenn Mara. "I have the highest respect for the talent in this organization and fully appreciate the critical role Engineering plays at this Laboratory. Our programmatic partnerships and our Engineering research and development projects represent a challenging and exciting scope of work, and I look forward to helping our directorate meet the Laboratory's challenges for the future."
Mara replaces Spiros Dimolitsas, who resigned in the fall of 2001 to take a position at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
Mara joined LLNL in 1971 as a Materials Scientist/Welding Engineer in the Chemistry Department. In 1980, he became the Metals and Ceramics Division Leader. In 1983, Mara joined Engineering and the Materials Fabrication Division, where he served as Deputy Division Leader, helping direct 450 scientific and technical staff members in support of the Lab's fabrication efforts. In 1985 Mara joined the Lab's Nuclear Test Engineering Division as Division Leader. In 1987, he became the Test Engineering Program Leader for R Program. In 1989, Mara was selected as the Nevada Program Leader - directing the field and engineering resources to support the execution of underground nuclear tests and experiments at the Nevada Test Site.
In 1998, Mara became the Weaponization Program Leader and Defense Technologies Engineering Division Leader. In this position, he was directly responsible for the engineering elements of the Lab's role in NNSA's Stockpile Stewardship Program. Since March 2001, Mara has been working in the National Ignition Facility Program Directorate as NIF Principal Deputy Project Manager.
Mara graduated from Ohio State University in 1971 with a bachelor's and master's of science in welding engineering. A registered professional engineer, Mara is also the author of several publications and patents.
A resident of Fremont since 1980, Mara is married to Beth Bayert Mara, an elementary school teacher. They have three children, Nathan, Andrew and Kathryn.
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