Tarcza named manager of DOE’s Oak Ridge Office

16-096-9508Kenneth R. Tarcza, former chief of staff for the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command, has been named manager of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office. As part of that role, he will oversee the Integrated Support Center, which provides services to multiple national laboratories and Office of Science sites.

His appointment was announced Monday by the DOE’s Office of Science. Don Thress has been acting in the position since Kevin Hall departed last year.

Tarcza retired from the Army in 2015 as a colonel. Among his career roles, he served with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

In a statement, Joseph McBrearty, deputy director for field operations at DOE’s Office of Science, said, “Ken Brings to the table an impressive portfolio of qualifications.”

He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from the U.S. Military Academy and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Texas.

In his Oak Ridge role, Tarcza will coordinate activities with his federal counterparts at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Site Office, Office of Environmental Management and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Production Office.

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