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Christopher Deeney Appointed Deputy Director of the Laser Energetics Laboratory : NewsCenter

August 18, 2021

Christopher Deeney. (photo Andrea Starr)


A science and innovation leader, Deeney brings extensive experience in managing complex operations to this new role at the University’s Laser Lab.

Christopher Deeney will join the University of Rochester as Deputy Director of the Laser Energy Laboratory starting August 30.

He previously served as the Director of Science and Technology, National Security Directorate, at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), in addition to his years of experience at the Nevada National Security Site, at the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), and Sandia National Laboratories. Deeney is known as a scientific and innovative leader with direct experience in managing complex operations.

Deeney will be a key member of LLE’s leadership staff, providing guidance and direction at executive level, including as a director if required. He will participate in the daily management of the LLE while promoting fruitful relations between:

  • University senior management, medical center, academic and administrative departments, and students
  • Federal, local and state officials
  • Peer organizations and laboratories
  • The Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense
  • Private industry and the local community

A “perfect fit” for Rochester’s college environment

“Chris has insider knowledge of the federal system, which oversees funding for LLE,” says Stephen Dewhurst, vice dean for research in the School of Medicine and Dentistry and associate vice president for research in life sciences. Health for the University, who is currently serving a one-year appointment as Acting Vice President for Research. “Combined with his energetic, enthusiastic and collaborative personality,” adds Dewhurst, “he is a perfect fit for our university environment. I am very happy that he has chosen to join LLE in this new leadership role.

Deeney’s short-term tasks to support Director Michael Campbell and to improve the LLE for the Department of Energy’s upcoming cooperative agreement include developing an effective and sustainable approach to diversity, equity and inclusion, which builds on LLE’s efforts to date, is integrated with the University as a whole and enjoys buy-in from NNSA and the Department of Energy. He will help, with the director, to develop an ongoing university strategy and specific strategies for the laboratory, with an emphasis on executability and the balance of staffing between scientists, engineers and technical staff.

Deeney received his PhD in Plasma Physics from Imperial College in the UK. He is a member of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

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