Michael Schlender is Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations and Associate Laboratory Director for the Operational Systems Directorate at PNNL. He serves as the Chief Operations Officer responsible for nuclear and non-nuclear facility stewardship; security; quality; environment, safety and health; and operational performance assurance. His directorate leads and enables world-leading science and technology through the support needed to operate PNNL, reflecting its core values of safety, objectivity, creativity, integrity, and impact. His directorate and team members enable the long-term continuity and viability of PNNL and the economic, social, and environmental systems in which it operates. Under Mr. Schlender's leadership, OSD provides value and impact in its thought leadership that furthers PNNL's reputation and advances DOE's objectives in areas such as sustainability, strategic project management, and operational excellence.
Before returning to PNNL in 2003, Mike served as Deputy Manager for DOE's Richland Operations Office. In this role, he provided oversight for an annual cleanup budget of $1 billion, and coordinated federal and contractor services for the operational needs of the Hanford Site. Prior to his assignment with DOE, he served as Assistant Laboratory Director for Environmental Management at Brookhaven National Laboratory. In this capacity he was responsible for BNL's waste management operations; environmental cleanup; and nuclear facility decommissioning, deactivation, and demolition activities.
Since joining PNNL in 1992, Mike has served in a number of senior relationship management and project management positions. Prior to PNNL, he served as Program Manager and Senior Project Manager, respectively for Golder Associates in Sydney, Australia, and Golder Associates USA, conducting hazardous waste site investigations and cleanup work in the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia and Australia.
A native of Washington, Mike began his career working for the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Eastern Washington University and a M.S. degree in Chemistry/Environmental Science from Western Washington University.