In late December, DOE appointed Michael Weis to the position of Fermi site manager for the Office of Science. Weis replaces Joanna Livengood, who is now site office manager at Argonne National Laboratory.
“I’m really excited about being here,” Weis said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to build on the partnership that is already established here by Joanna and Deputy Site Manager Mark Bollinger; to work with Pier and his team to make sure we can be successful.”
Weis explained that his goal as site manager is to streamline operations between the Office of Science and the laboratory. He plans to do this by limiting bureaucracy and hopes to get rid of unnecessary requisitions and red tape. He’ll take feedback on Fermilab programs to the Office of Science and act as the laboratory’s advocate, so that the government delivers on decisions to help support the laboratory programs.
“I look forward to working closely with Mike,” Fermilab Director Pier Oddone said. “His expertise is an asset to the laboratory, and it is a privilege to have him here.”
In addition to serving as Fermi site manager, Weis was chosen by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu as senior advisor for operations. In that role, Weis will work with the Department of Energy Under and assistant secretaries to strengthen decision making and streamline processes.
“Fermilab is very lucky to have Mike join the team,” Bollinger said.”With his many years of DOE experience, his assignment last year as the acting deputy director for Field Operations at the Office of Science at headquarters, and his current challenge as the secretary’s advisor, he brings a great deal of knowledge, respect, and influence to the job that will benefit us all.” Weis has been with DOE since 1995, when he joined the Rocky Flats Field Office. He also worked for DOE’s Office of Environmental Management in Washington, D.C. headquarters and held several management positions. Since 2007, he has served as the manager of the Pacific Northwest Site Office, where he provided institutional oversight to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Weis has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He is certified as a high school teacher and taught high school chemistry and physics for three years in Colorado. Weis has spent most of his career with DOE, but he never lost his love for teaching.
“I tried to get involved in assignments that allowed me to help people learn,” he said.
— Rhianna Wisniewski