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James Chavez

New vice president to oversee energy, security, nonproliferation research at Sandia

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories has appointed James M. Chavez vice president of its Energy, Nonproliferation and High Consequence Security Division and its International, Homeland and Nuclear Security Program Management Unit effective Sept. 11. He replaces Jill Hruby, who became Sandia president and labs director in July. Most recently, Chavez has served as the […]

Rob Mitchell and his service dog, Hunni

Service dog helps Wounded Warrior on the job at Sandia Labs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — For the first time, Sandia National Laboratories has welcomed a service dog to its New Mexico campus as a workplace accommodation for a veteran living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Three years ago, Rob Mitchell rescued Hunni, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, from Animal Humane New Mexico as a pet for his family. […]

Jill Hruby

New Sandia director will be first woman to lead national security lab

Jill Hruby to become 14th director in Sandia’s 66-year history ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Jill M. Hruby today was named the next president and director of Sandia National Laboratories, the country’s largest national lab. She will be the first woman to lead a national security laboratory when she steps into her new role July 17. A […]

Sandia director Hommert to retire

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia President and Laboratories Director Paul Hommert announced to employees today that he plans to retire in mid-summer, five years after becoming Sandia’s 13th director. Under Hommert’s leadership, Sandia has delivered on a wide variety of national security work and increased its already large economic and community impact on Albuquerque and the […]

Marianne Walck

Geophysicist Marianne Walck named vice president of Sandia’s California laboratory

New role includes leadership of Energy and Climate program LIVERMORE, Calif.—Sandia National Laboratories has appointed Marianne Walck vice president of Sandia’s California laboratory. She replaces Steve Rottler, who will become the deputy director and executive vice president for National Security Programs. Both changes are effective March 6. “I am pleased to welcome Marianne to Sandia’s […]

James Peery

New vice president appointed to oversee defense research at Sandia Labs

Peery to lead effort to deliver innovative science, technology for national security ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — James Peery was appointed vice president for defense research to lead Sandia National Laboratories’ longstanding work in this national security area. Peery had been director of Sandia’s Information Systems Analysis Center and was responsible for the research and development of […]

Sandia Labs BEYA winner listened and excelled

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, Jon Madison had a strong sense of who he was and where he was going. “I wasn’t an average kid,” he said. “Whatever my peers were doing, chances are I wasn’t doing it. After school and weekends I helped with my family’s business. When it came to […]

Melonie Parker

Sandia Labs names new vice president of Human Resources and Communications

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A human resources executive with more than 17 years of experience in a wide variety of human resources and communications disciplines is the new vice president of Human Resources and Communications at Sandia National Laboratories. Melonie Parker will be responsible for shaping Sandia’s strategies for staffing, recruiting, communications, health and wellness initiatives […]

New leadership named for Sandia nuclear weapons work

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories has appointed Stephen Rottler as deputy director and executive vice president for National Security Programs effective March 6. He succeeds Jerry McDowell, who will retire in July after 35 years at Sandia. McDowell has been executive vice president since 2010. Rottler is vice president of Sandia’s California laboratory and […]

Rob Leland

Sandia appoints new vice president of science and technology

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories has appointed Rob Leland as vice president of science and technology and chief technology officer. Sandia executives Duane Dimos and Julia Phillips, respectively, had served in those roles on an acting basis for the past 20 months. Leland joined Sandia in 1990. With a background in electrical and mechanical […]

Math skill put Sandia Labs HENAAC honoree on the path to success

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Edward Jimenez, a Sandia National Laboratories applied mathematician, was named a 2014 HENAAC Award winner as Most Promising Engineer/Advanced Degree by Great Minds in STEM. He joins other honorees at the 26th annual HENAAC conference in New Orleans from Oct. 2-4. HENAAC, formerly the Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Corp., honors the […]

Licensing executive named distinguished fellow by international organization

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Craig Smith, a licensing and business development specialist at Sandia National Laboratories, has been selected as a distinguished fellow by the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) and its Chemicals, Energy, Environment and Materials (CEEM) sector. The society is the world’s largest association for the licensing and intellectual property industry. Official announcement of this year’s inaugural CEEM distinguished fellows was made […]

Wallis

N.M. Safety Professional of the Year awarded to Sandia Labs employee

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Sandia National Laboratories employee has been named New Mexico Safety Professional of the Year for her expertise in the safety profession, including working with Sandia researchers to make their labs as safe as possible. Terri Wallis, an environment, safety and security professional who joined Sandia in 2011, captured the award from […]

American Indian group names Sandia engineer 2014 Professional of the Year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Randy McKee’s passion is engineering excellence. “I’m a process guy,” says the Cherokee Nation member.  “I always put that first in anything I do.” Close behind is his desire to help young people become professional engineers. McKee has spent countless hours mentoring in minority recruitment, graduate and undergraduate programs at Sandia National […]

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