As a manager and central figure of ATAP’s administrative team, you are the pivot point in many other people’s activities. What have been the highlights/stand-out moments for you?

Working for LBNL, a lab with a rich legacy of developing ground-breaking research and innovations, has been an honor. We, as administrators, drive operational support services and business practices so that our gifted Scientists can focus on these tangible and impressive contributions.

One of the most memorable aspects of my career has been the opportunity to work across all six programs within the division. This has allowed me to witness the unique contributions of each program. The sight of the Advanced Light Source accelerator against the Berkeley skyline is a constant reminder of the physical manifestation of our scientific efforts. I’ve had the privilege of being involved in several accelerator projects built on-site, such as the Neutralized Drift Compression Experiment, the Spallation Neutron Source Front End accelerator, and the BELLA Petawatt Laser beamline.

You’ve served the lab for over 26 years. What are your thoughts on the changes you’ve seen?

The delivery of administrative services has undergone a significant transformation over the years. The expanded scope of our programs and the advancements in computer and digital communications have made our work more complex. However, we have adapted and incorporated emerging technologies to provide administrative support at an ever-increasing pace. Another notable change is the increased representation of a diverse workforce, a development I wholeheartedly support. I am also keenly observing the rapid growth and development of artificial intelligence in the sciences and all areas, which I believe will significantly impact the future of administrative services.

What advice would you give to other people in roles like yours?

Make it your practice to listen to your coworkers and the scientists and engineers you support and ask for their contributions and new ideas. Focus on how you help and facilitate others to achieve their research goals by being the best administrator you can be. As you advance, bring your coworkers along with you and seek opportunities for those who work with you to shine and be recognized. What we do is pragmatic and practical, seeking solutions, but at the end of the day, I always remember the people who did this with compassion and understanding.

 

 

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