LAPSF: Three Outstanding Students Awarded The 2019 Jim Sims Memorial Engineering Scholarship

2019 Jim Sims Memorial Engineering Scholarship recipients Aaron Lauritzen, left, Leah Wolfsberg and Jonathan Doorn pose with Becky Sims. Courtesy/Jessica Booton Photography,


The 2019 Jim Sims Memorial Engineering Scholarship has been awarded to Jonathan Doorn, Aaron Lauritzen and Leah Wolfsberg.

The scholarship was created to honor long time Los Alamos resident and LANL engineer Jim Sims.

Sims worked for 34 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a design engineer and leader of project engineering teams. He was a gifted mechanical engineer with a distinguished career. Sims was essential to the success of highly visible programs that have enhanced the scientific and engineering reputation of the Laboratory. He also was committed to mentoring young engineers, designers and students, generously sharing his knowledge and experience.

  • Jonathan Doorn: is the son of Stephen and Regina Doorn. He will attend Purdue University in the fall where he will study electrical engineering.
  • Aaron Lauritzen: is the son of Chad and Bernadette Lauritzen. He plans to study robotics engineering at New Mexico State University.
  • Leah Wolfsberg: is the daughter of Andrew and Laura Wolfsberg. She plans to attend Colorado State University in the fall where she will study biochemical engineering.

The Jim Sims Memorial Engineering Scholarship is administered by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, an independent organization that supports, challenges and invests in a successful future for all Los Alamos public school students. To learn more about the LAPS Foundation, visit