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Sandia National Laboratories Director Jill Hruby at WNMU

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Jill Hruby is the current Director of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM.  Along with Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia is in the vanguard of US nuclear weapons research, development, monitoring, security and a myriad of services for nuclear and national security issues.

Sandia is also a leader in many other fields with domestic applications, including micro-engineering, energy studies, nuclear nonproliferation technology, solar applications, and security and resiliency of cities.

The Society of FriendsThe Quakers – have long been a bedrock institution on many social justice issues – not least of these being nuclear disarmament as evidenced by their many direct actions and acts of civil disobedience to force these issues into the public awareness.  Further, they seek to redirect the intellectual and technological resources of the nuclear establishment to peaceful and productive uses.

Thus the Gila Friends Meeting – the local branch of the Quakers – took the lead in inviting Ms Hruby to visit us here in Silver City to talk about what progress has been made in “beating swords to plowshares.”

Ms Hruby accepted their invitation and gave a presentation entitled “Sandia, a vibrant, multimission engineering national laboratory” at Western New Mexico University / Global Resource Center on Friday 12 August 2016.

The event was Co-sponsored by…

  • Gila Friends Meeting
  • Western New Mexico University
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Silver City
  • Gila Resources Information Project
  • Gila / Mimbres Community Radio / KURU 89.1 FM

This program is a recording of that talk and the Q&A that followed.

About Jill Hruby:

Sandia National Laboratories Director Jill Hruby is a mechanical engineer with degrees from Purdue and UC Berkeley. She is President of Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, which manages Sandia National Laboratories for the Department of Energy

As SNL director, Jill Hruby manages a $2.8 billion annual budget, with a workforce of more than 10,500 employees. She is the first woman to direct a National Nuclear Security Administration Laboratory.

Starting with Sandia in 1983, Jill has worked her way up, beginning with research in solar energy, thermal and fluid sciences, nuclear weaponry, nanoscience research (she holds three microfabrication patents), and hydrogen storage. Before becoming Director in 2015, she was Vice President of the Energy, Nonproliferation, and High-Consequence Security Division.  Jill Hruby has authored numerous publications.

Jill Hruby’s presentation at WNMU will be broadcast on the following days and times…

  • Friday 2 September 2016 / 10am
  • Monday 5 September 2016 / 10am
  • Tuesday 6 September 2016 / 7pm

Or listen at your convenience via this link…
GMCR/KURU / Jill Hruby at WNMU

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