Michael A. Mikolanis/Photo Courtesy DOE
BY MAIRE O’NEILL
Michael A. Mikolanis has been appointed manager of the Department of Energy Environmental Manager Los Alamos Field Office. The appointment was announced during the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board virtual meeting Wednesday afternoon.
Mikolanis is a general engineer with 33 years of engineering experience associated with government and commercial nuclear facilities. Since 2017, he has been Assistant Manager for Nuclear Material Stabilization for the DOE Savannah River Operations Office at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina where he has been in charge of activities related to the receipt, storage, stabilization, and disposition of nuclear materials, spent nuclear fuel, by-products, and activities for the Savannah River National Laboratory and multiple Savannah River Site analytical laboratories. Mikolanis also served as Assistant Manager for Infrastructure and Environmental Stewardship, Site Chief Engineer and Waste Disposition Engineering Division Director at Savannah River.
Mikolanis has also served as a Departmental Representative Issue Lead in the Office of the Undersecretary of Energy responsible for overseeing engineering and nuclear safety activities at facilities that treat and dispose of legacy transuranic and liquid high-level wastes. He was also a primary interface to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and was frequently called upon to provide leadership and technical expertise on matters that affect facilities and organizations throughout the DOE complex.
Mikolanis also served in the U.S. Navy submarine service as a certified Naval Nuclear Engineer Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology as well as a Professional Engineer license in the state of Maryland.