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Michael Costas

General Manager, Defense and Space

Michael Costas is general manager of the Defense and Space business line of Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business unit. He is responsible for oversight and growth of a project portfolio that includes first-of-a-kind construction, operations, and business transformation services for U.S. and allied governments.

Included in that portfolio is a plant that is disassembling and destroying surplus U.S. chemical weapons in Colorado and a sister plant in Kentucky that started operations in 2019. Michael also oversees the test operations and sustainment contract at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex for the U.S. Air Force, with ground test facilities in Tennessee, California, and Maryland; as well as the contract awarded by NASA in 2019 to design, build, test, and commission its Mobile Launcher 2 launch system.

Michael joined Bechtel in 2011 as manager of corporate quality and Six Sigma, where he guided improvements to our quality management system to benefit project delivery.

He then joined the $16.8 billion Hanford Waste Treatment Plant (WTP) project as manager of Quality and EPC Functions, and he was named president and general manager of the Waste Treatment and Completion Company – a 1,500 person Bechtel-led company responsible for construction, startup, and commissioning of the WTP.

In 2018, Michael was named principal associate laboratory director for Capital Projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a premier national security science institution with more than 11,000 employees.

Prior to joining Bechtel, Michael spent 25 years in the defense and space industry working for leading companies such as Raytheon, Boeing, and Rockwell. At Boeing, he led the Delta IV launch vehicle’s first stage rocket propulsion system project.

Michael was elected a Bechtel principal vice president in 2012.

He holds a bachelor’s in business and management from Pepperdine University and earned a certificate in Bechtel’s General Management Plan.


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