ORISE names safety, facilities director

Chad Becker (Submitted photo)

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education has named Chad Becker as the director of the new Office of Safety and Facilities.

Becker previously served as director of Facilities and Transportation, a role he has held for more than seven years, a press release said.

The new office was formed from a re-organization that merges the Facilities and Transportation Department (FTD) and the previously existing Environment Safety and Health Office (ES&H) into one unit.

“FTD and ES&H have been long critical programs supporting our government customers, including our flagship ORISE contract with the US Department of Energy,” the press release said. “ES&H is an integral component of the ORISE Contractor Assurance Program.”

“Chad brings extensive experience to this position having led large ES&H programs for Fortune 500 companies and, combined with his exceptional leadership of ORAU’s FTD program, is a perfect leadership fit to what I believe are foundational programs that strength ORAU in support of our federal customers ,” said Jim Vosburg, ORISE director.

Becker earned a master’s degree in safety education and service and a bachelor’s degree in education, industrial training, and management from the University of Tennessee. He also has an associate degree in environmental health technology and industrial hygiene from Roane State Community College, the press release said.

ORISE is a US Department of Energy institute that enables critical scientific, research, and health initiatives of the department and its laboratory system “by providing world-class expertise in STEM workforce development, scientific and technical reviews, and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination,” the press release said. (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.)

ORISE is managed by ORAU, a nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, for DOE’s Office of Science.

More information will be added as it becomes available.

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