The Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG) Training Working Group (TWG) is chartered to leverage the expertise and experience of contractors to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The purpose of the TWG is to ensure complex wide collaboration and integration to attain and maintain the highest levels of training, reduce redundant training and assist in improving performance in the operation of DOE facilities and projects.
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Dr. Kelly Beierschmitt serves as the Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Laboratory is a principal contributor to the U.S. Department of Energy mission to maintain the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. Los Alamos uses innovative science and technology to enhance global nuclear security and protect the world. Los Alamos has an annual operating budget of approximately $2.7 billion, roughly 12,000 employees, and a nearly 40-square-mile site featuring some of the most specialized scientific equipment and supporting infrastructure in the world.
Kelly has worked more than 30 years in the service of critical DOE missions. Most recently, he was the Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology and Chief Research Officer for Idaho National Laboratory (INL) where he had responsibility for setting the scientific and engineering agenda and overseeing the research, development, demonstration and deployment of the critical missions for the laboratory.
Prior to joining INL, Kelly worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for 13 years where he served as Associate Laboratory Director for both the Neutron Sciences and the Nuclear Science and Technology Directorates. He also served as ORNL’s Director of Environment, Safety, Health and Quality. Kelly moved to Oak Ridge from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he held several roles both in the sciences and support functions.
Kelly began his career at the Pantex Plant, where he served as a nuclear explosives engineer, developed some of the earliest Safety Analysis Reports, retooled high explosives operations and developed one of the earliest Master Safeguards and Security Agreements. Kelly’s entire career has emphasized the synergistic integration of science, technology and engineering with operational excellence to ensure effective mission delivery in a wide array of research and development environments – ranging from forefront experimental research in physical sciences to developmental engineering requiring hazardous nuclear operations.
Kelly has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (Risk, Reliability Engineering) from Texas Tech University and a BSc in Engineering Mathematics from West Texas A&M University. He is a registered Professional Engineer, Certified Safety Professional in Comprehensive Practice, and a member of the American Nuclear Society, Materials Research Society, and other professional societies.
Linda Kobel has served as President and CEO of LATA since 2016. Ms. Kobel joined LATA as a Vice President in 2012. Shortly thereafter, she was also appointed General Manager of LATA-Sharp Remediation Services where she provided oversight and key leadership to LATA’s $400M+ DOE portfolio. Ms. Kobel has served on the Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG) Board since 2015.
Among her previous positions, Ms. Kobel worked for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations providing leadership to business operations and later serving as Deputy Manager of Industry Relations responsible for performance monitoring, analysis of world-wide operating events communication of industry-wide trends and emerging issues and just-in-time operating experience. Linda was a co-founder of, and served as Chief Operating Officer for Link Resources, a management consulting company serving the utilities, health care, insurance, manufacturing, technology, government and non-profit sectors. She was Senior Vice President for EnergySolutions providing leadership to the Portsmouth Environmental Remediation and the Uranium Disposition Services (UDS) contracts. Prior to joining LATA, Ms. Kobel helped established Enercon Federal Services where she served as President.
Linda is known for her keen business sense and her ability to apply strong operations expertise to long-term financial and operational planning. She has an exceptional understanding of project and risk management to maximize project success. Her blend of “big business and small business” experience, coupled with her passion for linking people, processes, and operations provides the strategic roadmap for achieving continued success at LATA. She continues to play a key role in establishing capture strategies for large procurements. Ms. Kobel holds a BBA in Management from KSU.
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