Hannah Hansen

Laboratory Business Manager, Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory

Ms. Hannah Hansen is the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory (LIGO) Laboratory Business Manager. She earned her MBA with an emphasis in project management from Florida Institute of Technology in 2013. Since 2014, when she joined the LIGO Laboratory, she has worked to bring the LIGO Laboratory budgeting into compliance with new National Science Foundation (NSF) and Uniform Guidance Requirements. This entailed implementing new ‘bottoms-up’ estimating techniques into the Operations budgeting process and teaching managers assigned with budget responsibilities on this new budgeting process. This also involved identifying and implementing budgeting software to ensure the tools were available to achieve detailed budgeting and reporting. This has led to more reliable budgets and timely monthly budgeting reports. Prior to joining the LIGO Lab in 2014, Ms. Hansen spent 7 years at an International nuclear clean-up company for the Engineering and Technology (E&T) Division. Domestic operations were mainly focused on contract-based work with the Department of Revenue. Experience at this company ranged from project accounting, SOX compliance, development of indirect rates, project controls and eventually becoming the Business Manager for the Division. In the capacity of the Business Manager for the E&T Division she managed an annual portfolio of $60M/year in projects. She played a key role in the company entering into a partnership with Washington State University (WSU) to build an Engineering Lab at the Tri-Cities WSU branch campus in Richland, WA. This Lab went on to conduct critical small scale and large-scale testing of nuclear tank waste mixing technologies for the Hanford Department of Energy’s(DOE) site contractor Bechtel National Inc.


Activity-Based Budgeting and Cost Estimating for Operations
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – 10:30 am
Using LIGO’s case study as an example, follow the process of interpreting and applying guidelines from the NSF Large Facilities Manual and GAO Cost Guide to the development of a cost estimating plan for an operations proposal, including updating from a functional Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) to an activities-based WBS, developing BOE templates, and developing tools for easy reporting.

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