A National Nuclear Security Administration official has been picked by the Department of Energy as the new manager of the Pacific Northwest Site Office in Richland.
Roger Snyder will lead the local office that oversees the DOE national laboratory in Richland -- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
He's expected to start work in the Tri-Cities near the end of the month.
Since 2007 Snyder has served as deputy manager of the NNSA's Los Alamos Site Office in New Mexico, a position he will leave at the end of the week.
Julie Erickson has been the acting site office manager in Richland since December, when former manager Mike Weis took a job as manager at the Fermi Site Office in Chicago.
"My philosophy is one of partnership," Snyder said. The joint success of the DOE office and PNNL are dependent on each other, he said.
He also is looking forward to working with the Tri-City area community, he said.
He has some familiarity with the area after heading a review of the DOE Hanford Office of River Protection several years ago and has visited the area for training and other professional reasons, he said.
PNNL has about 4,900 staff members and is addressing difficult scientific problems of national importance in energy, the environment and national security.
Among issues facing the national lab is the Battelle contract to operate the lab, which expires Sept. 30, 2012. DOE said last year that if the contract to operate the lab were put out to bid, that a draft request for proposals could be released in spring of this year.
However, no decision has been announced on whether Battelle's contract will be extended or if the contract will be opened for bidding.
Snyder has worked for DOE since 1990, when he joined the Office of Defense Programs Technical Intern Program. He since has worked at all of the NNSA sites and many of the DOE environmental management sites and also has had assignments with both programs at DOE Headquarters.
At Los Alamos, he was deputy manager for the site office responsible for Los Alamos National Laboratory, which has about twice the number of employees and twice the budget of PNNL.
He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and a master's degree in engineering from the University of Maryland.
He also has studied nuclear engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, accelerator physics at the U.S. Particle Accelerator School, project management at Stanford University, leadership at Harvard University and advanced project management at George Washington University.
He paid for some of his early college education by starting computer software and real estate businesses. His community activities have included serving as a board commissioner for Los Alamos County and as a private school board member.
"Roger's experience and leadership skills will be valuable to the Office of Science," Joe McBrearty, deputy director for field operations for DOE's Office of Science, said in a statement.
McBrearty also praised Erickson's work as acting manager, saying her stewardship "led the way in many critical areas, including sustainability and business management."