Kimberly Budil PhD

Hertz Fellow: Kimberly Budil PhD

University of California, Davis/Livermore

Area of Study

Applied Science

Fellowship Years

1987 - 1993

Vice President for Laboratory Management at the University of California, Office of the President

Kim Budil is the vice president for Laboratory Management at the University of California (UC), Office of the President. She is responsible for the University's management oversight of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Kim serves as an executive committee governor on the Boards of Governors of the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the managing contractors for LLNL and LANL. In addition, she is a member of the LBNL Advisory Board and chairs the LBNL Contract Assurance Council.

Kim was formerly the N program manager in the Global Security Principal Directorate at LLNL. She was responsible for the nuclear counterterrorism program including device assessment, pre- and post-detonation nuclear forensics, nuclear incident response and reachback, and nuclear detection and countermeasures research. That portfolio of work spans the full spectrum from basic science research, through applied science and technology development, to training of emergency responders and support for field response activities. A wide variety of U.S. government sponsors including the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DoD), and the Intelligence Community (IC) support N Program. Kim also served as the deputy program director for Nuclear Counterterrorism within the Office of Strategic Outcomes.

Kim joined LLNL in 1987 as a graduate student in the Department of Applied Science at UC Davis and has held a variety of positions across the Laboratory working in the Weapons and Complex Integration, National Ignition Facility, Physical and Life Sciences, and Global Security. She served twice as a detailee in Washington, DC, first spending 2 years at NNSA in the Office of Defense Science and then, most recently, nearly 2 years as a senior adviser to the Under Secretary for Science at the Department of Energy. In 2002 she was selected to be the scientific editor for the Laboratory publications Science and Technology Review and National Security Review.

Kim has been a vocal advocate for women in science, serving on the American Physical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics and has participated in or led a number of site visits to assess the climate for women in physics at national labs and academic institutions. She participated in two International Conferences on Women in Physics, leading the U.S. delegation to the 2005 conference in Brazil. She also was active at LLNL in helping to organize a number of technical women’s conferences and participating in the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Women’s Association.