Michele Laraia worked for 20+ years at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Waste Technology Section, as Unit Leader responsible for decontamination and decommissioning of nuclear installations, closeout of uranium mining and milling sites, and environmental restoration. His tasks included the drafting of technical publications, organization of international conferences and seminars, the management of technical co-operation projects with developing countries, either on a national or regional scale. Over 30 countries received direct IAEA assistance with Dr. Laraia in the role of leading Technical Officer which included workshop and training course preparation and execution.