Chief Operating Officer, LATA
President, Sandia Technical Partners
Dr. Beard is currently supporting LATA as its Chief Operating Officer responsible to work closely with the leadership team to manage the overall strategy and execution of LATA work. In this capacity he coaches and develops the organization to ensure LATA delivers performance excellence; looks for methods to improve quality, efficiency and productivity and reduce cost, and leads initiatives to provide continued growth within the organization. He also serves as President, Sandia Technical Partners, LLC - a New Mexico-based joint venture of Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA), Strategic Management Solutions, LLC (SMSI), Innovative Technology Partnership, LLC (ITP), and Sigma Science, Inc. (SSI) – all small businesses headquartered in New Mexico. STP was formed to enhance small business participation in Sandia National Laboratory operations.
Dr. Beard has 28 years of experience including management of analytical laboratory and facility operations, implementation of effective management structures and integration of multi-disciplined teams, process optimization and cost minimization, and customer engagement and relationship building. Dr. Beard’s professional skill set includes management of large-scale organizations in excess of 4,500 employees and budgets in excess of $1B; successful execution and delivery of complex analytical, operational, manufacturing, and research & development services; operational oversight of hazardous nuclear, explosive, chemical, and biological operations; orchestration of complex logistics with various supply-chain demands; and management of diverse employee populations in both bargaining and non-bargaining environments.
Dr. Beard’s previous experience includes serving as Group Vice President for AECOM’s Management Services Nuclear and Environment Group supporting projects at sites involving nuclear operations and environmental remediation; serving as Associate Director for Plutonium Science and Manufacturing at LANL where he oversaw re-establishment of the U.S. pit manufacturing capability and delivery of the first new pit to the stockpile in nearly 20 years; serving as Department Manager for Materials and Analytical Services at the Pantex Plant; and serving as the Director of the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory at the University of Texas – a nuclear experimental research laboratory.
Carl has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University, has authored over 50 technical publications, and has twice been awarded the U.S. Defense Programs’ Award of Excellence.