Government names new director of National Energy Technology Lab
The U.S. Department of Energy on Monday named a new director for its South Park-based National Energy Technology Laboratory.
Grace Bochenek, a longtime leader of several Army research and technology offices, will take over leadership of the lab in September. Department spokeswoman Jenny Hakun said Bochenek had not decided whether she would work from NETL's office in South Park or Morgantown, W.Va.
The lab has more than 1,000 employees and contractors at its five sites with an annual budget of $812 million. It manages more than $1 billion in energy research, including projects covering underground mine safety, fracking technology and air pollution controls.
Bochenek replaces an acting director who has served since former leader Anthony Cugini of Upper St. Clair left last fall and was indicted on a federal charge of obstruction of justice. Cugini committed suicide in January, about a month after pleading not guilty to the charge.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Starkey: Century mark beckons for Ben
- Flyers continue mastery of Penguins at Consol
- Steelers’ defense on pace for fewest sacks in 16-game season
- Officials identify witness to Port Authority bus crash after releasing photo
- Wanted sex offender caught hiding in homemade fort in Washington County
- WPIAL, coaches are still looking to schedule Week 9 rivalry games
- Highmark seeks double-digit increase for more benefits, heavy use
- Canadians more fearful, aware after ‘very rare’ attack in Ottawa
- Corbett rips Wolf tax proposals during Hempfield campaign stop
- Florida fugitive nabbed in Pittsburgh-area homeless shelter
- Buffalo Township grandma pleads guilty to selling hundreds of pounds of weed