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Karen Hellman

Senior Director


Karen Hellman is Senior Director of Argonne’s Infrastructure Services directorate, which provides strategic site stewardship through infrastructure planning and modernization; project management; facilities management, including nuclear facilities; waste management; and site services.

Hellman joined Argonne in 1994. She is a licensed architect with over 40 years of demonstrated success in strategy development, planning, design, construction, and management of all facets of research, and site operations facilities for government, automotive and pharmaceutical industry clients. Her Argonne portfolio includes the addition of more than 1.5 million square feet of research and development facilities and multiple significant site renovations.

For one year, she served as Interim Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations/COO, where she worked with all directorates to help them achieve their mission and research goals. She was instrumental in maintaining strong relationships with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), modernizing the laboratory’s facilities, upgrading aging infrastructure, and building state-of-the-art research facilities. Another role that she held was the Director of Argonne’s Project Management Organization, which under her leadership grew to 100 team members and was recognized by DOE as a best-in-class operation directly managing over $100M per year in project delivery in addition to over $1B in project support.

DOE has recognized Hellman’s work at Argonne with an Energy Management Award and Secretary’s Achievement Award.