Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Tuijauna Mitchell-Hall

Deputy Division Leader, Operations

Biosciences and Biotechnology Division

June 16, 2020

What is one project you’re really proud to have worked on?

In 2001, I was asked to lead the effort to get the first International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 accreditation for PLS and Global Security’s Forensic Science Center (FSC). This accreditation was a requirement for the FSC to be a designated lab for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). At the time, the FSC was one of only two designated laboratories in the United States.

The OPCW is headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, and is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention. It was a major accomplishment. Since that time, the ISO 17025 accreditation has been expanded to include the FSC Rad Forensic efforts.

I am proud that the accreditation continues today and I have the opportunity to work with exceptional people.

What is your educational and career background?

I have a BS in chemical engineering from Louisiana Tech University. I’ve worked at the Lab for 21 years.

What inspired you to go into science?

I have always loved science from a very young age.

What advice would you give to a new employee at the Lab?

Working at the Lab is a unique, extraordinary opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of science. I’ve had the opportunity to know scientists that discovered new elements, researchers that developed new materials, and even scientists that support NASA and the space program, to name just a few things. The Lab is an extraordinary place. Just relax and take it all in.

What do you do in your free time?

I love to send time with family, particularly my first grandbaby. She is an amazing little girl that loves to learn, and I am so proud of her. I love spending time with friends and traveling.