Carl Beard
Sr. Vice President, LATA
President, Sandia Technical Partners


Carl is currently supporting LATA as a Senior Vice President, and 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.  From 2014-2017 he was Group Vice President for AECOM’s Management Services Nuclear and Environment Group supporting projects at sites involving nuclear operations and environmental remediation. He has over 25 years of experience in the safe and secure execution of nuclear and high-hazard operations required to maintain the U.S. nuclear deterrent.  From 2006-2014 he worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, first as Associate Director for Plutonium Science and Manufacturing 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,  and then later as Principal Associate Director for Business and Operations where he maintained an infrastructure across the 40 square mile LANL campus in support of over 10,000 staff engaged in hazardous chemical, radiological, explosives, materials, laser, high-performance computing, and biological research.  In this latter role he achieved in excess of $130M (14%) reduction in operational support costs while simultaneously documenting improved performance including reducing recordable injuries by 35% and reducing operational events by 30%.  His latest extended site assignment was as Director of Nuclear Oversight at the Sellafield Site responsible for ensuring nuclear safety of complex nuclear fuel reprocessing operations and decommissioning of legacy nuclear fuel intermediate waste storage facilities.

From 2001-2006, Carl worked at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, TX, the only site for nuclear weapons assembly/disassembly in the U.S.  At Pantex he had management responsibility for all high explosive manufacturing operations and then later served as the Chief Engineer responsible for managing all Pantex engineering functions.  During this period he oversaw startup of three new weapons manufacturing operations in a single year resulting in a 50% increase in productivity while improving safety performance and regulatory compliance.

Earlier in his career Carl was an active researcher both as faculty at The University of Texas at Austin and as technical staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  At both locations he was engaged in a wide variety of research related to nuclear operations and nuclear weapon non-proliferation.

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.

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