An experienced scientific/engineering leader with demonstrated leadership skills, knowledge, and ability in scientific, line, and program management. Demonstrated expertise in the field of materials science, national security, engineering design and manufacture, complex field experiments, remote technical operations, and welding and joining.
1970-1971: Master of Science Degree, Welding Engineering, Ohio State University
1966-1971: Bachelor of Welding Engineering, Ohio State University, 9/71 cum laude
Honors: Tau Beta Pi; Engineering Honor Student, top 10% of graduating class, 1971
University of California, Office of the President (August, 2009 to June, 2012)
Associate Vice President Laboratory Programs
Responsible for UC oversight of the scientific and technical programs at the three UC connected laboratories LBNL, LANL, and LLNL. Major duties include participation in the selection and development of key personnel, participation in technical reviews and assessments, liaison to the UC faculty, assisting in the expansion of the scientific collaborations among all the UC elements consistent with the UC mission in education, research, and public service, and enhancing the UC contribution to the success of the DOE Office of Science and DOE National Nuclear Security Administration in addressing critical national priorities and objectives. A critical element of this position is to assure that the highest technical and ethical standards of performance consistent with University values are maintained.
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security LLC (June 2006 – August 2009)
LANL Principal Associate Director Nuclear Weapons Program
Responsible for directing LANL’s efforts in support of the nation’s nuclear weapons program, an enterprise which represents over $1B of operating and construction resources and approximately half of the laboratory’s programmatic resources. Major components of this program include the annual assessment and certification of the enduring stockpile, Directed Stockpile Work, Science and Engineering Campaigns, infrastructure, and the operation of special nuclear and explosives facilities. Additional focus is placed on providing the technical framework to assist national policy makers as the future of the nuclear deterrent is shaped and the direction for the enduring stockpile and stewardship program is defined and updated. A special responsibility is to insure the scientific and technical viability of the program in order to sustain nuclear competency and the enduring stockpile without underground testing.
University of California, Office of the President (April 2005 – June 2006)
Senior Associate to Vice President Laboratory Management
Responsible for bringing UC system resources to LANL, with a special focus on continuous improvement of operations, drawing on UC/LLNL personnel and systems, and evaluating improvements to facilities management, property management, and human resources. Coordinated UC support for authorization basis and safety, including lessons learned and incident analysis. Provided technical support to the nuclear weapons program, e.g. W76 and B61 life extension programs.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA (1971 – 2004)
January 2005 to April 2005: Special Assistant to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director
Special projects (on a part time basis) for the Director and the University of California related to strategic program and operational needs.
July 2002 to December 2004: Deputy Director for Operations (DD/O)
Responsible for all operational aspects and elements of the Laboratory and speaks for the Director in these matters. Working as a member of the senior management team, duties include Laboratory policy development and implementation, establishment of institutional priorities and budgets, with a focus on operational effectiveness and quality. The DD/O has a major role in the Laboratory's strategic planning process and assures that Laboratory performance meets all operational requirements and regulations. The DD/O is the principal contact of the Laboratory on operational matters and represents the Laboratory externally to constituents such as the University of California, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)/Department of Energy (DOE), the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), and peer organizations and laboratories in the DOE complex, as well as private industry. (Served in an Acting capacity from July to October 2002.)
February 2002 to July 2002: Associate Director for Engineering
Responsible for providing engineering science and technology to assure the success of Laboratory programs and intuitional goals. The work of the Engineering Directorate (approximately 2,000 employees) spans the full breath of the Lab’s mission including national security, lasers, energy, bioscience and biotechnology, precision manufacturing, micro technologies, communications microelectronics, materials, optics, information technologies, and environmental restoration. Much of the work involves the simultaneous integration of multiple technologies from large-scale, complex applied physics systems to micro-scale engineering.
February 2001 to February 2002: National Ignition Facility Principal Deputy Project Manager
Deputy Project Manager for one of the key elements of the National Strategy for executing the Stockpile Stewardship mission. This is a large and complex project, which ultimately enables the conduct of high energy density physics experiments to support the continued certification and refurbishment of the enduring nuclear stockpile without underground nuclear testing. Major additional benefits will be derived for the nation’s fusion energy program, basic research, and the assurance of LLNL’s role as the premier laser science and engineering center.
February 1998 to February 2001: Weaponization Program Leader/Defense Technologies
Engineering Division Leader
Program and Line Manager for an organization of ~ 300 employees and a programmatic budget of ~$100M. Provide leadership in both the Engineering and Defense Nuclear Technologies Directorates to accomplish the execution of the Laboratory’s Weaponization Program. Direct responsibility for the engineering elements of Stockpile Stewardship including assessment, certification, refurbishment, dismantlement, and supporting engineering R/D for the LLNL designed systems in the enduring stockpile.
1989 to February 1998: Nevada Program Leader
Program Manager directing field and engineering resources to execute underground nuclear tests and experiments at the Nevada Test Site. Provided the LLNL direction and support to DOE/NV in the overall management, consolidation, and use of NTS resources in a collaborative effort with LANL, Sandia, DTRA, and the Nevada contractors. This included the “rightsizing” of LLNL and Nevada resources following the cessation of underground testing in 1992 and helped to establish the role and mission of Nevada in Stockpile Stewardship. Note: 11/94 to 2/1998: Nevada Experiments and Operations Program Leader, Defense and Nuclear Technologies Directorate; 8/89 to 11/94: Deputy Associate Director for Test Engineering and Field Operations Program Leader, Nuclear Test-Experimental Science Directorate
July 1987 to August 1989: R Program, Test Engineering Program Leader: Program Manager directing LLNL’s underground test resources (~$35M) to field NTS events and experiments in the development of x-ray lasers for national security.
May 1985 to July 1987: Nuclear Test Engineering Division, Division Leader: Line Manager of an engineering effort (~250 staff members) representing technological expertise in the engineering disciplines necessary to support LLNL’s underground nuclear testing program - special emphasis on structural and thermal design and analysis, instrument and sensor engineering, field engineering, and project management.
March 1983 to May 1985: Materials Fabrication Deputy Division Leader: Line Manager for LLNL’s fabrication effort (~450 scientific staff members, craftsmen, and craftswomen) in the areas of forming, heat treating, machining, metrology, assembly, process engineering, optics, plastics, and precision engineering.
September 1980 to March 1983: Materials Science Division Leader: Line Manager of a materials science effort (~150 staff members) representing technological expertise in metallurgy, ceramics, corrosion, thermochemistry, radiation damage, chemical fuel cells, polymeric materials, fiber composites, surface science, chemical vapor deposition, physical vapor deposition, and joining. Managed the Division's resources to technically meet programmatic objectives in support of LLNL’s national security, energy, and environmental programs. Technical Director for the Weapons Materials Research and Development Facility (WMRDF), a combination of state-of-the-art materials science laboratories and attending offices representing a line item construction investment of approximately $25M.
October 1971 to September 1980: Materials Scientist/Welding Engineer within the Chemistry and Materials Science Department. Bench Scientist working in support of LLNL’s national security, energy, and environmental programs. Technical, project, and first line supervisor assignments primarily in support of LLNL’s national security programs.
"Laser Welding of W-Re Alloys," AWS Conference on Joining of Refractory Alloys for Advanced Applications, Knoxville, Tennessee, April 1986.
K. Syn, J. W. Dini, J. S. Taylor, G. L. Mara, R. R. Vandervoort, and R. R. Donaldson, "Influence of Phosphorous Content and Heat Treatment on the Machinability of Electroless Nickel Deposits", UCRL 91148, January 1985.
"Welding metallurgy of Uranium and Uranium .25 wt% Vanadium Alloys," ASM Academy for Metals and Materials Course, "Metallurgical Technology of Uranium and Uranium Alloys," Vol. 3. Manufacturing of Uranium and Uranium Alloys and Surface Metallurgy of Uranium and Uranium Alloys, ASM, 1982.
"Joining Techniques and the Welding Metallurgy of W-25 wt% Re and W-3.5 wt% Ni-1.5 wt% Fe in Similar and Dissimilar Metal Combinations," 107th AIME Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, March 1978.
H. Wood and G. L. Mara, "Eliminating Cold-Shut Defects in Deep, Single-Pass Electron Beam Welds in Uranium", Welding Journal, March 1977.
"Welding for Fusion Energy, " Spring Meeting of Santa Clara Valley Section, American Welding Society, April 1977.
G. L. Mara, "The Dynamic Tear Test and It's Potential in Determining the Toughness of Welds", Society of Manufacturing Engineers Technical Paper No AD75-850, October 1975.
G. L. Mara, E. R. Funk, R. C. McMaster, and P. E. Pence, "Penetration Mechanism of Electron Beam Welding and the Spiking Phenomenon," Welding Journal, June 1974.
Method for Producing Spike-Free Electron Beam Partial Penetration Welds, United States Patent No. 3,780,256, Glenn L. Mara, Robert C. McMaster, December 18, 1973.
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES, HONORS, SKILLS, ETC.
United States Department of Energy, The Secretary’s Achievement Award for superior performance in support of national security, complex transformation, and critical Stockpile Stewardship activities, 2008.
United States Department of Energy, Weapons Recognition of Excellence Award for Technical and Management Leadership in Nuclear Test Engineering, 1991.
Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, Outstanding Achievement Award - Highest Grade in the State in the Welding Examination, November 1981.
John L. Adank Memorial Scholarship
Registered Professional Engineer, E-046831
Tau Beta Pi
American Society for Metals
American Welding Society