Newswise — Megan Clifford has been named Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Clifford joined Argonne in November 2013 as the Director of Strategy and Innovation for the Global Security Sciences division (GSS). She has developed and executed strategies and programs with multi-disciplinary and cross-institutional teams to address a range of energy and global security challenges. Clifford previously held a senior executive position at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C., where she served on the leadership team responsible for growth and performance of the firm’s $790 million Justice and Homeland Security business.

Clifford will serve as an advisor to Laboratory Director Paul Kearns, helping him to maintain and grow the laboratory’s vital stakeholder relationships. Clifford’s strong leadership, sponsor engagement, business acumen and program development experience, along with her strategic background are assets that position her to enable growth and achievement of the Argonne mission.

Clifford assumes the Chief of Staff role from Eleanor Taylor, who becomes Director of Board Relations for the University of Chicago on Dec. 4.

Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit the Office of Science website.