Friday, January 13, 2012

Jim Krupnick, Associate Lab Director for Operations and COO Announces Retirement

Jim Krupnick
After more than three decades of distinguished service, Jim Krupnick, Associate Lab Director for Operations and Chief Operating Officer, has decided to retire effective June 30, 2012. Our Lab Director, Paul Alivisatos shared this news with us, expressing a very sincere sense of immense gratitude for Jim’s outstanding contributions to the Laboratory community—here and across the country—and to the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

A nation-wide search, led by Deputy Director Horst Simon, will begin immediately.

In 2008, when Secretary of Energy Steve Chu was LBNL’s Director, he appointed Jim to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Jim has been an impactful leader of the Laboratory’s 800 Operations employees in Facilities, Environmental Health and Safety, Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance, and Public Affairs.

Spallation Neutron Source
His legacy extends far beyond the Lab. Jim served as a standing member of the project review committees of the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Lab, which helped to set a new standard of success for very large projects undertaken by the Office of Science. More recently, at the request of the Department of Energy’s Secretary and Deputy Secretary, Jim chaired influential review committees that made important recommendations regarding the DOE Environmental Management organization and the rules that govern DOE capital projects. He is seen as a key innovator among his COO colleagues throughout the DOE laboratory system. His impressive recent accomplishments, however, would likely not have been possible without the experience he built up over the years at LBNL.

Jim began his career as an electronic maintenance technician at the Bevatron in 1976 and began coordinating small projects there in 1980. He moved to the Advanced Light Source (ALS) in 1987 as assistant project manager for construction. Later, he served as a division deputy for the ALS, and in 2005 became the Lab’s first Director of Institutional Assurance.

Advanced Light Source (ALS)
Jim’s ability to manage large projects has been a distinguishing characteristic of his career. He served as the project manager of the superbend project at the ALS, a major upgrade that extended the spectrum of light offered by the ALS into the hard x-ray domain and that enabled world-class programs in structural biology and materials science to be undertaken. Jim later served as project director of the Molecular Foundry construction project, one of the most innovative user facilities now in the Office of Science portfolio and a true landmark at the Lab.

Molecular Foundry
According to Paul, “I have personally relied upon Jim’s measured and thoughtful counsel, as have many of us in the Berkeley Lab community. We will miss his professionalism and his dedication to the scientific mission of the Laboratory. Berkeley Lab is stronger and better because of his efforts.” We join Paul in thanking Jim for a job very well done and extending our best wishes for the future.
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