Rick Verhaagen

Richard Verhaagen Rick Verhaagen serves as the Fermilab Site Office Manager. In this role he is responsible for oversight of the contract to manage and operate Fermilab, implementing the federal stewardship role, and ensuring the safe conduct of work. He was most recently the deputy manager for technical operations at the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration Field Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory, following a period as an NNSA field office senior technical safety advisor. As deputy manager, he led the federal team responsible for oversight of all laboratory operations, primarily focused on the nuclear and high-hazard facilities, as well as emergency management, engineering, and operational readiness. He has worked with DOE in some capacity for nearly 15 years. Before his time at NNSA, he worked for 10 years for the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, an independent agency in the federal executive branch that provides oversight of all DOE sites conducting work related to defense nuclear activities. His work there included a five-year period as resident inspector at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prior to this, he worked for the U.S. Navy for 24 years, including 13 years as a submarine officer and eight as an electronics technician. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics from Purdue University and a master’s in nuclear engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He looks forward to coming back to the Midwest where he grew up and went to school.