FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 4, 2002
UC President's Office Contact:
Michael Reese (510) 987-9179
Livermore Lab Contact:
Susan Houghton (925) 422-9919
R. Anastasio named director of Lawrence Livermore National
The University of California Board of Regents today (June
4, 2002) named Dr. Michael R. Anastasio, currently deputy
director for strategic operations of the Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory and a research scientist nationally recognized
for his leadership in the design and safe stewardship of nuclear
weapons, as director of the UC-managed national laboratory.
Acting on the recommendation of UC President Richard C. Atkinson,
the Regents appointed Anastasio the ninth director of the
Livermore lab during a special meeting conducted by telephone
conference call. Anastasio will take office July 1, replacing
departing Director C. Bruce Tarter.
"This was a very competitive search, with many fine
candidates," Atkinson said. "Mike Anastasio emerged
as the right person for this very important position. Throughout
a 22-year career at Lawrence Livermore, he has distinguished
himself as both a brilliant scientist and skilled administrator
with the right combination of theoretical and practical experience
to maintain the Laboratory's historic place on the cutting
edge of science."
Anastasio, 53, began his lab career focused on the design,
evaluation, and understanding of nuclear systems. Recently,
he has been a leader in the national Stockpile Stewardship
Program (SSP) designed to sustain the safety, security and
reliability of America's nuclear weapons stockpile.
He also has served in Washington as a scientific adviser
at the Department of Energy, providing advice to senior members
of the department on a variety of SSP issues.
"Mike Anastasio is an exceptional appointment as director
of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory," said
Gen. John A. Gordon, Administrator of the National Nuclear
Administration. "I have the highest confidence in his
leadership in helping our nation create the technology so
necessary to advance security during this crucial time in
our history. Mike has demonstrated an understanding of the
importance of our national labs working in collaboration with
each other, and provides continuity for an already exceptional
team at Livermore as it marks its 50th year of contributing
to science in the cause of security."
In nominating Anastasio, Atkinson was advised by a committee
of Regents, research scientists and research administrators,
which in turn was advised by an application screening committee
consisting largely of the scientific leaderships of the Livermore
lab and several UC campuses.
"I am honored to accept this appointment," said
Anastasio. "I have spent nearly 22 years at Livermore
and I feel enormous pride in this institution and the people
who work here. As Livermore is among the nation's top scientific
institutions, we must continue to make innovative contributions
to advance national security and all areas of science and
technology. I will continue our strong collaborations with
the other national laboratories and with the Department of
Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration, and the
University of California to meet the exciting challenges that
Anastasio began his career at the lab in 1980 as a physicist
in the B-Division, one of the two nuclear weapons design physics
divisions. He later was named leader of the division before
serving as Associate Director for Defense and Nuclear Technologies,
responsible for all activities in the Laboratory's nuclear
weapons program. In that capacity, he was instrumental in
the development and execution of the national Stockpile Stewardship
For the last year, Anastasio has been the Deputy Director
for Strategic Operations - responsible for all laboratory
and national security operations.
Anastasio graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with
a bachelor's degree in physics. He went on to the State University
of New York at Stony Brook, where he earned his master's degree
and Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics. He is the recipient
of the 1990 DOE Weapons Recognition of Excellence Award for
technical leadership in nuclear design. The award acknowledged
Anastasio's outstanding theoretical and experimental contributions
to understanding boost physics.
Anastasio and his wife Ann are residents of Livermore. They
have two daughters in college - Alison and Alexandra. A sports
enthusiast, Anastasio also plays the cello.
Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is
a national nuclear security laboratory, with a mission to
ensure national security and apply science and technology
to the important issues of our time. The University of California
manages the laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration/Department
As director, Anastasio will oversee an operation with 7,500
employees and a $1.5 billion budget. He will earn $315,700
per year as director, the same as Director Tarter's salary.
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