Amy Halloran provides leadership and management direction for Sandia’s research and development (R&D) programs as Director of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Grid Modernization Center at Sandia National Laboratories. She also serves as Program Area Director for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Grid Modernization Program within Sandia’s Energy & Homeland Security Portfolio.
Previously, as Senior Manager of Renewable Energy Technologies, Amy led Sandia’s $50M R&D program in wind energy, solar energy, water power, geothermal energy and water/energy nexus to improve the reliability, reduce the cost, and decrease the regulatory burden of renewable energy and water supplies. Amy’s Sandia career started in 2011 as Manager of the Geophysics and Atmospheric Science Department, a team developing leading-edge technical solutions for the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Defense (DOD), and industrial customers in nuclear threat detection, climate measurement, and oil and gas extraction. She also oversaw Sandia’s work on the North Slope of Alaska for DOE’s Climate Program.
Prior to joining Sandia, Amy was a Vice President at CH2M Hill, managing business development for environmental work for federal customers across the United States. Hired as a CH2M Hill environmental engineer in 1989, Amy delivered multimillion-dollar projects in contaminated soil and groundwater investigation and remediation, industrial waste treatment, compliance audits, and energy efficiency. Her customers included DOD, DOE, the Environmental Protection Agency, and private industry.
Amy has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and received the New Mexico Technology Council’s annual Women in Technology Award in 2019. She is Sandia’s Campus Executive for the University of Illinois; a Past President of both the New Mexico Engineering Foundation and the Society of American Military Engineers, Albuquerque Post; and a former Community Panel Chair for the United Way of Central New Mexico. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been licensed as a Professional Engineer since 1994.