Sandia/California hosts DOE deputy secretary

By Michael Padilla

Photography By Dino Vournas

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Brouillette meets with early career professionals
EARLY CAREER DISCUSSION — DOE Deputy Secre­tary Dan Brouillette (left) met with early career professionals during his visit to Sandia/California.

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.

DOE Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette stands with Sandia California executives
DEP SEC VISIT — DOE Deputy Secretary Dan Brouil­lette (center) recently visited Sandia/California. Pictured from left: Captain James Colgary, chief of staff, Office of the Deputy Secretary of Energy; Division 8000 Associate Labs Director Dori Ellis; Brouillette; Jeffrey Harrell, manag­er of NNSA’s Sandia Field Office; and Steve Black, director of DOE’s Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.

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.

Dan Brouillette visits Sandia's Combustion Research Facility
CRF WORK — Sandia researcher Amanda Dodd explains research conducted at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility.