LIVERMORE, Calif. — Dr. Wayne Shotts, LLNL’s deputy director for Operations, has announced his plans to retire from the Laboratory, effective March 1. Shotts has led the Laboratory’s operational programs since January 2005, and his career spans more than 31 years of work in physics, defense and nuclear technologies, nonproliferation, arms control, international security and homeland security.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure at Livermore,” noted Shotts. “The Lab is a terrific place to work and I am proud of the technical and scientific accomplishments we’ve made on behalf of the nation.”
For the past year, Shotts has managed all institutional operations at LLNL with responsibilities for such areas as safety, security, facility management and laboratory business practices. He was named acting deputy director in October 2004, assuming the permanent position in January 2005. Prior to that, Shotts had a successful tenure as the first director of the Laboratory’s Homeland Security Organization and as associate director of Nonproliferation, Arms Control and International Security (NAI) for nine years.
“I regretfully accept Wayne’s resignation,” said Michael Anastasio, LLNL’s current director and the incoming director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Wayne has been a trusted colleague, an outstanding scientist and a friend. His commitment to Livermore has been unwavering and he will be missed. I want to thank him for this dedication and I wish him well.”
Shotts has been serving as acting director of LLNL since the announcement of the Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) contract win for the management and operations of Los Alamos National Laboratory and the departure of LLNL director Michael Anastasio to lead the LANS team. Under Laboratory protocol, the deputy director of operations assumes leadership for the Laboratory when the director is absent or traveling.
Shotts joined LLNL in 1974 as a physicist. He has served as a group and program leader in the Lab’s nuclear design department and division leader for nuclear chemistry and prompt diagnostics. In 1988, he became principal deputy associate director for military applications. In 1992, he joined the Defense and Nuclear Technologies Directorate as principal deputy. In 1995, he was named Associate Director of NAI. Following the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the Laboratory formed a new Homeland Security Organization and Shotts assumed leadership.
Shotts received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1967. He received a Ph.D in physics from Cornell University in 1973. In 1990, he was awarded the E.O. Lawrence Award for National Security for his contributions to the research and development of advanced nuclear weapons and his innovative approach to improving diagnostic methods – which have aided in solving some of the most pressing problems in nuclear explosive designs.
Shotts is a long-time member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. His research interests include applied optics, nuclear chemistry, electromagnetics, plasma physics, weapons effects, arms control and nuclear policy. He has participated in numerous panels and studies on national security, nonproliferation and counterterrorism. Shotts lives in Livermore with his wife, Jacquelyn.
Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has 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.