Los Alamos lab names first CIO

Los Alamos lab names first CIO

By Tony Lee Orr
GCN Staff

OCT. 20'Los Alamos National Laboratory today named Richard Kendall to be its first chief information officer. He will develop and promote an integrated vision for information management across the lab, said officials of the Los Alamos, N.M., nuclear research facility.

Information management covers both the infrastructure that delivers the information and the oversight of mechanisms that safeguard its integrity and security, Kendall said. Some CIO functions have been performed informally in the past, he said.

The CIO position will be under the purview of the director's office. Kendall will report to Bill Press, deputy director for science, technology and programs. That hierarchy will ensure responsiveness of senior executives as well as line organizations, Kendall said.

"The CIO will provide a global view to ensure information resources are used with greatest effectiveness in fulfilling the mission and operations," he said.

In 1995, Kendall started at the lab in the field of geoanalysis. The following year, he became director of Los Alamos' Virtual Laboratory Testbed for Industry, which provides industry access to the computing environment. Since 1999, Kendall has been program manager for technical cybersecurity in Los Alamos' former Computing, Information and Communications Division, directing the implementation of cybersecurity safeguards mandated by the Energy Department and Congress.

Kendall earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1963, and master's degrees, also in mathematics, from the Austin campus in 1964 and Rice University in 1970. His doctorate in mathematics was from Rice in 1973.

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