Berkeley Lab Deputy Directors

Deputy Director for Research Carol Burns

Carol Burns

Carol Burns was recently appointed Deputy Director for Research and Chief Research Officer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Burns joins the Berkeley Lab with deep experience in the DOE national laboratory system. In this role, she is responsible for the development, implementation, and stewardship of Berkeley Lab’s research enterprise, and serves as the Lab’s chief research liaison with the Office of Science, the University, the other national labs, and other key partners.

Carol brings more than 25 years of scientific leadership experience in a national laboratory setting, most recently serving as executive officer to the Deputy Director for Science, Technology, and Engineering at Los Alamos National Laboratory, assisting in oversight of line and DOE program organizations, as well as coordinating the integration of science and technology strategy, as well as associated investments and stewardship mechanisms.

Burns is a recognized expert in f-element and radiochemistry with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and invited book chapters, and has served on a number of editorial boards, review boards, and advisory panels.  She pioneered the development of an entirely new class of high-valent uranium compounds containing metal-ligand multiple bonds, contributing substantially to the understanding of the electronic structure of the early actinides. She is the recipient of a number of awards for scientific achievement and leadership, most recently the American Chemical Society’s Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal, recognizing distinguished service in chemistry by women chemists. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

She has extensive experience in the systems enabling the research enterprise in the national laboratories, including a deep commitment to workforce development and diversity in STEM. She has experience in science policy at the national level, having served as a senior policy analyst in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Burns received her B.A. in Chemistry from Rice University, and her Ph,D, in Chemistry as a Hertz Foundation Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley.

Deputy Director for Operations Michael Brandt

Michael Brandt

As Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Michael Brandt oversees the Laboratory’s operations and mission support organizations and programs, including Environment, Health and Safety, Facilities Management, Financial Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, Project and Construction Management, Institutional Assurance and Integrity, and Project Management.

Brandt was appointed to his current position as of March 5, 2018. He is a leader and executive with more than 30 years of progressively increasing responsibility and accountability for business services, ESH, facilities, enterprise risk management, and operations. He has worked as a manager in the chemical and synthetic fuels industry, research and development, manufacturing, DOE nuclear and high hazard operations, and non-governmental agencies.

Prior to coming to Berkeley Lab, Brandt served as the Associate Director of Environment, Safety, and Health for Los Alamos National Security, LLC, where he led an organization of 750 employees with an operating budget of more than $150M. He was responsible for Lab-wide ESH activities for roughly 11,000 employees operating in a 38-square-mile site that houses specialized and complex scientific experiments, operations, and supporting facility infrastructure.

Brandt has published more than 40 papers and delivered more than 100 invited technical, scientific, and leadership presentations. He has held academic appointments at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the University of New Mexico, and at the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma where he taught graduate students. He has mentored more than a dozen students and served on a number of thesis committees. He served as President of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), was elected fellow of the AIHA in 2007, and continues to serve on its technical and leadership committees.

Brandt holds a doctorate in public health with a specialty in Environmental Health Sciences, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. He earned a M.S. in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health; and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Cook College of Rutgers University. He is a certified industrial hygienist and a certified project management professional.