Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Dan Brouillette visited Sandia/California on Dec. 4. It was Brouillette’s first visit to the site.
The purpose of his visit was to become familiar with Sandia/California’s contributions to national security through nuclear deterrence and other missions.
The visit was hosted by Associate Labs Director Dori Ellis, who welcomed Brouillette and led him on tours and briefings throughout the afternoon.
Brouillette met with early career professionals, including Melissa Weigand, Krupa Ramasesha, Rachael Gutierrez, Manuel Lopez Martinez, Kali O’Neil, Anthony Trimble, Joey Carlson and Melinda Sweany, Anthony Juarez and Ariella Walker.
During Brouillette’s visit, Center 8200 Director Mike Hardwick provided an update on the W80-4 and California weapon systems, and Tim Shepodd gave a briefing about Sandia’s weapons cell.
Center Director Heidi Ammerlahn and Karim Mahrous then presented information about civilian cyber and the grid, followed by Center director Anup Singh and Jim Carney, who gave an update on genomic security. Afterwards, Davina Kwon and Craig Tewell briefed Brouillette in the Lightweight Structures Lab.
At the Combustion Research Facility (CRF), Center director Bob Hwang provided Brouillette with an overview of the CRF. Afterwards, Mark Musculus and Amanda Dodd discussed various research projects conducted at the CRF, including heavy-duty diesel and gaseous fuels optical engines and science-based innovations.