Heinrich On Jill Hruby’s Appointment To Lead SNL

Jill Hruby will become the 14th director of Sandia National Laboratories and the first woman to lead one of the three National Nuclear Security Administration laboratories. Courtesy/SNL


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement today after it was announced that Jill Hruby will be the next president and director of Sandia National Laboratories.

“Jill Hruby is an accomplished and admired public servant.  For more than three decades she’s dedicated her career to energy development and cutting-edge research that has contributed substantially to our national security. She is exceptionally qualified to lead the men and women at Sandia National Laboratories who work tirelessly to address some of our nation’s greatest challenges. I congratulate Jill on her appointment and am confident that she will continue Sandia’s tradition of exceptional service in the national interest.

“Additionally, I’d like to recognize Paul Hommert who I’ve had the pleasure of working with for many years during his tenure with Sandia. Paul has represented our country with integrity and honor, and it is my privilege to thank him for his contribution to our nation’s security. I wish him best of luck, continued happiness, and offer my congratulations on his retirement.” 

Hruby has been a staff member and manger for Sandia National Laboratories for 32 years. She most recently served as a vice president overseeing Sandia efforts in nuclear, biological and chemical security; homeland security; counterterrorism and energy security.

Hruby will be the first woman to lead a national security laboratory when she assumes her new position July 17.

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Hruby said she was at the same time honored and humbled by her selection.

“Leading Sandia is a tremendous responsibility because of its importance to the security of our nation and the phenomenal engineering and scientific talent here,” Hruby said. “I embrace the opportunity to maintain the U.S. nuclear deterrent and lead Sandia in solving the difficult security challenges we face as a nation. I’m proud to be the first woman to lead an NNSA laboratory, but mostly I’m proud to represent the people and work of this great lab.

“Paul is leaving Sandia with the necessary fundamental elements in place, and it’s personally gratifying to follow such a dedicated, visionary leader. I’ve assured him, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Energy that we will continue to deliver on our weapons Life Extension Programs on schedule and on budget. We also will build on his recent efforts to strategically advance our broad national security contributions, strengthen our basic research and expand the transfer of Sandia innovations to the U.S. economy.”

Hommert called Hruby the “ideal national lab director” and praised the board for selecting her.

“Jill is a person of tremendous talent, someone who will make sure the labs are ready for expanded roles with a wide variety of new strategic customers. We have a tradition of delivering with excellence on our national security commitments, and there is no one more qualified than Jill to lead those efforts,” Hommert said.

Hruby joined the technical staff at Sandia’s California laboratory in January 1983, working in thermal and fluid sciences, solar energy research and nuclear weapon component research and development. During her career, she also has done research in nanoscience, hydrogen storage, mechanical-component design and microfluidics.

She earned her first management appointment in 1989, and held technical leadership positions at the California lab in polymer and electrochemical technologies, materials synthesis and inorganic and physical chemistry.

Beginning in 1997, Hruby served as a senior manager in organizations responsible for weapon components, micro-technologies and materials processing. She was named a technical director in 2003. For the next seven years at Sandia’s California site, Hruby led, first, the Materials and Engineering Sciences Center and its work in hydrogen science and engineering and micro- and nanosystem science and fabrication, and then, the Homeland Security and Defense Systems Center, fostering Sandia work in systems analysis, applied research and systems engineering, primarily for homeland security and nuclear weapons missions.

Hruby came to Sandia’s New Mexico site in 2010 as vice president of the Energy, Nonproliferation and High Consequence Security Division and of the International, Homeland Security and Nuclear Security Program Management Unit. In that capacity, she was responsible for more than 1,300 Sandia employees in such diverse areas as nuclear security and nonproliferation technologies; chemical and biological defense and security; homeland security and counterterrorism; and energy technologies.

A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Hruby earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and her master’s from the University of California at Berkeley, both in mechanical engineering. She has authored numerous technical publications, holds three patents in microfabrication and won an R&D 100 Award in solid-state radiation detection. She currently serves on the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee for the Department of Defense, and the Board of Chemical Science and Technology for the National Academy of Sciences. She has served on several university advisory boards, on community boards in Livermore and Albuquerque and as the campus executive at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.

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