March 18, 2009

Los Alamos Appoints Ombuds

Los Alamos National Laboratory, the public-private research complex in New Mexico, has named Kirk Christensen at its new Ombuds. Christensen takes over from Camilla Lopez and John L. Armijo, who have managed the office on an interim basis after the retirement of Bruce McAllister. Christensen earned his master’s in engineering from the University of Texas, Austin and BA from the University of Alabama. Most recently, he directed LANL’s Conduct of Engineering Office.

In addition to his extensive engineering and management background, Christensen is a skilled mediator, arbitrator, and negotiator with experience as a Lab volunteer independent party reviewer, volunteer mediator, and informal division level Ombuds. Lab Director Michael Anastasio said, “Kirk is a person of high integrity, who employees will find is open and approachable for those types of difficult discussions.” (LANL News Bulletin.)

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