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Susan Lucas Named ESnet's Deputy Director for Operations

January 7, 2013

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Susan Lucas

Susan Lucas has been named as the new Scientific Networking Division (SND) Deputy Director for Operations, SND and ESnet Director Greg Bell announced Jan. 6. Lucas, whose appointment is effective Jan. 14, worked at the Joint Genome Institute as head of the Production Department, as well as leader of the Strategic Planning, Operations, and Capabilities Group. 

“Our selection committee reviewed more than 100 applications for this critical position, and we're very fortunate to have found a leader of Susan's caliber to fill it,” Bell wrote in announcing the appointment. “I think you'll find her to be an optimistic, energetic, team-oriented colleague - in short, an excellent cultural fit for this Division.”

As department head for Production, Lucas led a team of over 100 technical and support staff, managing an annual budget of $25 million. In this role, she oversaw sequencing efforts for three human chromosomes, championed process-improvement initiatives, and was a strong advocate for ergonomics and safety. In her strategic planning position at JGI, Lucas had responsibility for institutional project management and continuous improvement activities in a multi-Lab Facility with 270 employees and over 1,000 users.

Lucas has received numerous awards, co-authored 53 peer-reviewed journal articles, and serves on the Board of Biotech Partners, an educational non-profit. She earned an MBA from UC Davis, and a bachelor's in biology from the University of Oregon. She has worked at the Joint Genome Institute since 1997.

In order to complete existing commitments at LLNL, Lucas will be working for Scientific Networking on a part-time basis (three days a week) through the end of June.


About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences organization provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing the Department of Energy's research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.

ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 6,000 scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). CRD conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are DOE Office of Science User Facilities.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the DOE’s Office of Science.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.