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November 6, 2013

Sandia Labs director to give tech view of national security

Paul Hommert, director of Sandia National Laboratories and president of Sandia Corp., will speak about national security Tuesday (Nov. 12) at Purdue's Discovery Park.

Hommert, who holds graduate degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue, will speak at 3-4 p.m. at the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121. His speech title is "Research and Technologies for National Security: A Perspective From a National Security Laboratory."  

He received an Outstanding Alumnus Award for Professional Excellence in 2003 from Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering and a Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2010 from Purdue’s College of Engineering. In 2013, Hommert was named Laboratory Director of the Year by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for his support of Sandia's technology transfer activities.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia's primary location is at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Cindy Ream at cream@purdue.edu or 49-40015.

Following is the abstract of the presentation as provided by Sandia.

ABSTRACT

"Research and Technologies for National Security: A Perspective From a National Security Laboratory"
Presentation by Paul Hommert, director, Sandia National Laboratories

The U.S. national security laboratories address large-scale complex topics of national importance in a multidisciplinary way. The safety, security, and reliability of the nuclear deterrent; cyber security; proliferation; the potential effects of climate change; domestic and international terrorism; and clean, affordable energy are some of those complex topics.

As a multiprogram national security laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories is in the business of conceiving and developing innovative technology, deeply rooted in scientific discovery and engineering research. Our work brings solutions to complex national security challenges while creating opportunities for collaboration with the broader research community, particularly with universities.

After touching upon Sandia’s mission areas, this presentation will delve into and focus on Sandia’s research foundation upon which our work is built. Central to our research framework is a set of interdisciplinary research challenges that allow us to stay alert to and anticipate the future needs of the country in a constantly changing national security environment. An in-depth discussion of a few of our research challenges will shed light on possible future opportunities for collaboration between our institutions. Our partnerships with universities are important in providing technical and scientific solutions for the good of the nation.