Michael Schlender is Chief Operations Officer and Associate Laboratory Director for Operational Systems at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy. Mike is responsible for nuclear and non-nuclear facility stewardship; security; quality; environment, safety and health; and operational performance assurance. Prior to his current assignment, Mike served three years as Director of Facilities and Operations at PNNL. In this role he provided support services to nuclear, radiological, and industrial operations, as well as, oversight of facility engineering, construction, and safeguards and security programs.
Before returning to PNNL in 2003, Mike served as Deputy Manager for DOE's Richland Operations Office. In this role, he provided oversight for an annual cleanup budget of $1 billion, and coordinated federal and contractor services for the operational needs of the Hanford Site. Prior to his assignment with DOE, he served as Assistant Laboratory Director for Environmental Management at Brookhaven National Laboratory. In this capacity he was responsible for BNL's waste management operations; environmental cleanup; and nuclear facility decommissioning, deactivation, and demolition activities.
Since joining PNNL in 1992, Mike has served in a number of senior relationship management and project management positions. Prior to PNNL, he served as Program Manager and Senior Project Manager, respectively for Golder Associates in Sydney, Australia, and Golder Associates USA, conducting hazardous waste site investigations and cleanup work in the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia and Australia.
A native of Washington, Mike began his career working for the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Eastern Washington University and a M.S. degree in Chemistry/Environmental Science from Western Washington University.