Ted Wyka is Manager of NNSA’s Los Alamos Field Office. He is responsible for executive leadership and oversight of the multi-billion-dollar Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Management and Operating contract and all Federal activities on the site. A member of the Federal Senior Executive Service (SES), he leads a team that oversees the management, security, quality assurance, environment, and health and safety of the national and nonproliferation security missions at the Laboratory. Prior to this assignment, Wyka served as NNSA’s Principal Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety, Infrastructure, and Operations, with responsibility for the programs, policies, and procedures assuring effective integration of safety, health, and infrastructure activities across the NNSA's Nuclear Security Enterprise. He also served as the NNSA Cognizant Secretarial Officer and was responsible for safety basis and startup approval authority, as well as the operational safety of the NNSA Enterprise.
Prior to those positions, Wyka served as the Deputy Manager for Technical Operations at the Los Alamos Field Office. He was responsible for providing management, leadership, direction, coordination, day-to-day guidance, and implementation of technical activities to enable the successful operation of facilities to support the accomplishment of DOE, NNSA, and Strategic Partnership Program missions at LANL. Additionally, he served as the Office Director of Security Operations and Performance Assurance within NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Security, and then as the Chief Nuclear Safety Advisor for the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Safety, Security, and Quality Programs in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM). He also served as the Director of the Office of the Waste Treatment Plant and Tank Farms Operations in EM. He was the DOE Accident Investigation Board Chairman for the salt-truck fire and radiological release event at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project in 2014.
Wyka began his career as a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine officer on the first Trident submarine, the USS Ohio. He went on to serve as team leader for the advance planning efforts of the Los Angeles Class submarine refueling overhauls and as environmental advisor to the Director of Submarines at Naval Sea Systems Command. At DOE, he held assignments in the Office of the Departmental Representative to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and served as the Director of DOE’s Integrated Safety Management Team.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his master’s degree in civil engineering (environmental) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.