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GMCR Special Coverage / An interview with Jill Hruby

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Jill Hruby was the 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 Gila Friends Meeting  – the local branch of the Quakers – took the lead in inviting Ms Hruby to visit Silver City and WNMU hosted her presentation titled “Sandia, a vibrant, multimission engineering national laboratory.”  A Q&A session followed on issues including progress toward “beating swords to plowshares.”  Visit this link to hear the recording of that event.

The following day, Ms Hruby joined Civil Discourse host Jamie Newton and Earth Matters co-producer Allyson Siwik for further discussion at the GMCR / KURU studio.  This program is a recording of that interview.

About Jill Hruby:

Sandia National Laboratories Director Jill Hruby is a mechanical engineer with degrees from Purdue and UC Berkeley. She was President of Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, which managed Sandia National Laboratories for the Department of Energy until Honeywell International Inc. won the $2.6 billion contract to manage Sandia in December 2016.

As SNL director, Jill Hruby managed 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 interview with Jamie Newton and Allyson Siwik was recorded on
Saturday 13 August 2016 and broadcast on the these dates…

  • Tuesday 7 March 2017 / 10am
  • Thursday 9 March 2017 / 10am
  • Thursday 9 March 2017 / 8pm
  • Saturday 11 March 2017 / 10am

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

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