Congressman Swalwell visits Sandia/California

By Paul Rhien

Photography By Dino Vournas

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Congressman Swalwell and Irina Tezar
CONGRESSIONAL CONGRATULATIONS — Rep. Eric Swalwell, Calif., left, presented a congratulatory certificate and letter to Sandia computational scientist Irina Tezaur, right, for her 2019 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, Calif., visited Sandia/California on Nov. 4, where he met with Andy McIlroy, associate labs director for Integrated Security Solutions, and received briefings on a variety of topics.

Andy updated the congressman on recent developments at the California site, with a focus on Sandia’s nuclear deterrence program and its impacts on employment and facilities. They discussed Sandia’s significant employment growth and how the Labs is approaching recruiting and retention.

Swalwell also was briefed on Sandia’s emerging work in resilient energy systems (modernizing energy infrastructure to deal with storms, wildfires and cyberattacks and ensuring continuity of critical operations), the Labs’ emerging work in genomic security and civilian cybersecurity programs.

After the briefing, Swalwell met with Sandia computational scientist Irina Tezaur, who spoke to the congressman about her ongoing modeling and simulation work, enabled by her Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The congressman presented Irina with a congratulatory certificate and letter.

Andy McIlroy, Congressman Swalwell and Irina Tezar
MODELING AND SIMULATION — Sandia computational scientist Irina Tezaur, right, spoke to U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, center, and Sandia Associate Labs Director Andy McIlroy about her ongoing modeling and simulation work enabled by her PECASE award.