The director of the Department of EnergyOffice of Legacy Management (LM) brings with him to the job almost twenty years of experience in the department. LM oversees former nuclear weapons complex sites that have undergone cleanup of radioactive and other hazardous wastes. LM currently manages more than 100 sites located throughout the country, performing a variety of functions from soil monitoring to benefits distribution for former contract workers.
David W. Geiser graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and received his commission in the U.S. Navy in 1981. He served in the Navy for eight years as a nuclear-trained officer on the USS Daniel Webster and at the Naval Sea Systems Command.
After leaving the Navy, Mr. Geiser earned a Master’s of Engineering Administration degree from The George Washington University and joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a company which holds more government contracts than any other, including contracts with DOE, and reported revenues of more than $10 billion in 2010. During his three years with SAIC, he spent two years in Paris, France, evaluating European waste management practices.
Geiser left the private sector to join DOE’s Office of Environmental Management in 1991 and has served in several capacities: international programs, high-level waste research and development, complex-wide planning and integration, providing assistance in the deployment of new technology, and developing policy and guidance for long-term environmental stewardship. He started work in the Office of Legacy Management as the director of the Office of Policy and Site Transition, on December 14, 2003, and became the deputy director of the Office of Legacy Management on May 8, 2005. After moving up to acting director in 2009, he took over as director in 2010.
Geiser is the varsity head coach of volleyball at The Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Maryland.