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Schlender appointed PNNL deputy director

September 13, 2006 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Mike Schlender has been named deputy director for Operations at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Schlender, most recently the laboratory’s director of Facilities and Operations, will oversee the implementation of PNNL’s institutional strategies, the operational performance of the laboratory, and commitments to the Department of Energy under PNNL’s annual Performance Evaluation and Management Plan.

Schlender replaces Don Boyd, who has joined Battelle’s Laboratory Operations Sector, where he will help explore laboratory management opportunities in the United Kingdom and assess the opportunity for a Battelle-wide enterprise in carbon capture and sequestration. Battelle operates PNNL for the Department of Energy.

In his most recent role as director of Facilities and Operations, Schlender oversaw facility services, laboratory security, emergency preparedness, and engineering and construction services. Prior to that, he served as senior technical advisor to the deputy director for Operations at PNNL. The Olympia, Wash., native also worked at PNNL between 1992 and 1997, when he served in several senior department, program and project management positions, primarily involving environmental technology, restoration and compliance projects for DOE and the Department of Defense.

Before returning to PNNL in 2003, Schlender worked as the deputy manager at DOE’s Richland Operations Office and at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York. In Richland, he was responsible for those daily operations at DOE’s Hanford Site overseen by the Richland field office, including projects to stabilize and dispose of special nuclear materials at the Plutonium Finishing Plant and 100 Area K-Basins; the retrieval, shipping, and disposition of transuranic wastes stored on the Hanford Central Plateau; the monitoring and cleanup of groundwater contamination; the cleanup of the Columbia River Corridor and the deactivation of the Fast Flux Test Facility Reactor.

From 1998-2003, Schlender served as the assistant laboratory director for Environmental Management at Brookhaven, and was responsible for the laboratory’s environmental cleanup mission, waste management services, as well as nuclear reactor and nuclear facility related decommissioning projects.

During his 25-year career, Schlender has also worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Washington State Department of Ecology, and has lead environmental restoration projects in the United States, Canada, Australia and Southeast Asia for Golder Associates, an international environmental consulting firm.

Schlender earned a baccalaureate degree in chemistry/biochemistry from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, a master’s degree in chemistry/environmental science from Western Washington University in Bellingham and conducted postgraduate research at the Oregon Graduate Institute in Beaverton.

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Tags: Energy, Environment, Fundamental Science, Operations, Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Chemistry, Facilities

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