DOE's Mark Bollinger
finds a home at Fermilab
Mark Bollinger, deputy manager of DOE's Fermi Site Office.
Mark Bollinger always was interested in nature and liked the intricacies of science. But he never thought he'd get to put the two together. Then he ended up at Fermilab, as DOE's newest deputy manager for the Fermi Site Office. He gets to support Fermilab's missions of environmental conservation and scientific research.
"It was great luck that this position I had hoped for became open; it allows me to work with all of those areas together," said Mark Bollinger. "In this job you touch everything."
As the deputy manager, Bollinger will help to create a bridge between the Office of Science, the Fermi Site Office and Fermilab. Joanna Livengood, director for the DOE Fermi Site Office, said that Bollinger's broad experience and varying interests made him a natural choice for this position. "I'm thrilled to have Mark on board," she said. "With his diverse background and experience within the field and with DOE, he'll bring a unique perspective to our team."
Prior to his appointment with DOE, Bollinger worked as a scientist for the state of Indiana. He has a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Master of Science in environmental science with a concentration in public management from the University of Indiana. Within DOE, Bollinger has worked with the Office of Science, the Plutonium Disposition Program, the Center for Risk Excellence and the Office of Environmental Management. He was most recently the head of the Management Analysis and Administrative Services teams at the Chicago Office.
Bollinger began his DOE career as a program manager in waste management at Fermilab in 1992. Although he moved on to positions in other locations, Fermilab remained the apex of many of Bollinger's interests: scientific research, environmental management and public management.
Since he began his position on Aug. 20, Bollinger has jumped headfirst into his responsibilities, Livengood said. He's already met with congressional staff, attended meetings and conferences and has begun to get acquainted with site office staff.
"We are just looking to strengthen the federal stewardship role of our site office in hopes of supporting Fermilab and improving the laboratory's overall operations and success," Bollinger said.
Bollinger enjoys playing soccer and golf. He lives in Oswego with his wife, Andrea, and his two children, 12-year-old Paloma and 9-year-old Winston.
-- Rhianna Wisniewski