Managing and Supporting Your R&D Laboratory Personnel through Transformative Events:
A COVID-19 Pandemic Case Study

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Live Event: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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Research and development (R&D) laboratories face unique challenges when a world event, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, changes the very nature of their work. How do managers meet their teams where they are, and how do they foster successful strategies for collaboration, cooperation, and communication while working remotely? This presentation is intended to help managers learn how to focus on supporting their teams while continuing their vital research.

What You Will Learn

  • How to lead and manage through times of major change
  • How to maximize results from non-traditional work methods, including telework and remote teams
  • How to manage the return to institution workspace and travel while balancing state and local regulations, organization policies, and the opportunities that come with managing individuals in challenging times

About the Instructor

Eric N. Brown

Division Leader, Explosive Science and Shock Physics Division,
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Eric N. Brown oversees the research program on energetic materials and dynamic material response in support of national security at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). His research has spanned fracture and damage of complex heterogeneous polymers and polymer composites for energetic, reactive, and structural applications, including crystalline phase transitions, plasticity, dynamic loading conditions, and self-healing materials. Brown was a Director's Postdoctoral Fellow and technical staff member in the Materials Science and Technology Division at LANL, technical advisor for the Joint U.S. Department of Defense/Department of Energy Munitions Technology Program in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, and managed the Neutron Science and Technology Group in the Los Alamos Physics Division.

Brown is currently the vice chair of the TMS Public and Governmental Affairs Committee. He has participated in the TMS Mechanical Behavior of Materials Committee since 2006, served as the vice chair of the Content Development & Dissemination Committee (CDDC) from 2011 to 2014, and as the director/chair of the CDDC on the TMS Board of Directors from 2014 to 2017. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1998 and a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics in 2003, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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