By Tatjana K. Rosev
Jerry Ethridge is the new Los Alamos National Security, LLC executive staff director effective May 11.
He succeeds Joe Scarpino who left the Laboratory for a new assignment in December 2008. Robin Madison was the acting executive staff director pending the selection of Ethridge by Laboratory Director and LANS, LLC President Michael Anastasio.
The LANS, LLC office supports the Laboratory director and the Board of Governors in executing the Laboratory governance model required by the LANS prime contract with NNSA. In his new role, Ethridge will work with the LANS parent organizations to fulfill the commitment to support the leadership team in the management of the Laboratory. The LANS, LLC office supports the Board of Governors in its efforts to effect application of the best systems, tools, and practices at Los Alamos; provide independent oversight and assessment of Laboratory operations to ensure excellence and efficiency; and facilitate reach back to parent company expertise and resources.
Ethridge joined the Lab in 2006. As associate director for the former Infrastructure and Site Services Directorate, he managed operations and maintenance of all non-nuclear facilities and infrastructure at Los Alamos. He also was responsible for infrastructure planning, site services, and emergency operations. Later, as program manager in Weapons Physics, he oversaw programmatic operations and led the directorate’s strategic planning efforts.
Prior to joining the Laboratory, Ethridge worked for Bechtel National, Inc. on a variety of assignments for multiple federal customers, including Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, and FEMA. Ethridge joined Bechtel in 1999 after working at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Ethridge holds a doctorate in ceramic engineering and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering, both from the University of Washington, as well as a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and nuclear engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.