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Michael W. Maier
Chief Operating Officer

Michael W. (Mike) Maier is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. In this position, he directs, oversees and integrates the operations of a Department of Energy National Laboratory with an annual operating budget of more than $150 million.

Prior to arriving at Jefferson Lab in 2016, he was Vice President of Space System Operations for PAE (Pacific Architects and Engineers).  In this capacity he served as the lead executive overseeing PAE contracts maintaining and enhancing ground system capabilities for the U.S. Government and other customers and served on the management boards for three joint ventures.

From 2004-2011 Mr. Maier was General Manager of CSR, PAE’s joint venture responsible for the Eastern Range Technical Services Contract.  There he directed an $820 million contract and led 1,300 employees responsible for the operation and maintenance of instrumentation, communications, and information systems required to command and control space launch and ballistic missile tests from Cape Canaveral, the Kennedy Space Center, and offshore launch areas, 24 hour space surveillance, and base operations and logistics for remote stations across the Atlantic.

Before joining CSR in 1987, Mr. Maier was product manager for a startup scientific instrument company in Tucson, Arizona, and operated and maintained ground based and airborne instrumentation as a member of the technical staff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research laboratories in Coral Gables, Florida, and Norman, Oklahoma.  

Mr. Maier holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Rollins College, is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).