National Laboratory

Scenes From 2021 Hazmat Challenge At LANL

Video of LANL Deputy Group Leader Chris Rittner discussing his role in the 2021 Hazmat Challenge held last week at the laboratory. This year’s Challenge includes hazmat teams from Los Alamos, Española and Clovis. The team from Clovis won this year’s Challenge. Video by Jenn Bartram/

Emergency Response Specialist Jason Martinez Deputy Group Leader Chris Rittner in the Hazmat Museum Thursday at LANL. Photo by Jenn Bartram/

Video of LANL Group Leader Chris Rittner sharing the history of the Hazmat Challenge last week at the laboratory. Video by Jenn Bartram/


Jill Hruby Sworn In As Department of Energy’s Under Secretary For Nuclear Security And Administrator Of The National Nuclear Security Administration

Jill Hruby

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jill Hruby was sworn in by U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm Monday as the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

“I am so grateful to the Senate for confirming Jill Hruby to serve as the next Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration,” Secretary Granholm said. “Jill is one of DOE’s very best success stories — rising through the ranks at Sandia National Labs to become the first


U.S. Sen. Luján Leads Colleagues Urging Senate Leadership To Invest In Infrastructure Of National Laboratories

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) led 14 of his colleagues in calling on Senate Leadership to address the needs of Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories in ongoing infrastructure efforts.

The network of 17 National Laboratories across the United States advance critical missions for the Department and additional investments in restoring and modernizing National Lab infrastructure will support scientific and economic competitiveness while creating thousands of new, good-paying jobs.

Joining Sen. Luján in the letter


Luján Votes To Confirm Jill Hruby As NNSA Administrator

Jill Hruby

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued the following statement today after voting to confirm Jill Hruby as administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA):  

“As a former Director of Sandia National Laboratories, Jill Hruby brings strong experience to the role of NNSA Administrator. I look forward to working together to support the critical mission work of our National Laboratories, including Sandia and Los Alamos, which play an essential role in maintaining our national security.”


Energy Secretary Recognizes Exceptional Project Management At Los Alamos National Laboratory

Members of the ECCCE project team stand in front of some of the cooling equipment they installed at the Strategic Computing Complex at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Construction of the project was completed last year, 10 months early and $20 million under budget.

The team responsible for managing the Exascale Class Computing Cooling Equipment (ECCCE) project at Los Alamos National Laboratory was recognized last week by the Secretary of Energy with an Achievement Award. Construction of the project was completed last year, 10 months early and $20 million under


Couple Kept Trinity A Secret, Even From Each Other

The Rasmussen wedding in Santa Fe, November 1945. Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society

By Heather McClenahan
Los Alamos Historical Society

In July 1945, Jane Keller and Roger Rasmussen, young and in love, each had a secret that they didn’t tell. It was the same secret, but they would not know that until early August.

After the outbreak of World War II, Jane Keller left her home in Pennsylvania at age 20 to join the Women’s Army Corp. She was assigned to Los Alamos in 1944 to work the telephone switchboard, in part because of her past experience of working for Bell Telephone. The top-secret laboratory


Alert: Omega Bridge Pedestrian/Bike Path Closing Today

Traffic Alert:

Los Alamos County is announcing on behalf of Los Alamos National Laboratory that the pedestrian/bike path on the Omega Bridge will close starting Tuesday, July 20, during weekday work hours.

Construction crews will work on the bridge 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Please be patient and allow extra time as this work will extend the life of the bridge and allow for its continued safe use.


LANL: Emergent Magnetic Monopoles Isolated Using Quantum-Annealing Computer

Researchers have used a D-Wave quantum-annealing computer as a testbed to examine the behavior of emergent magnetic  monopoles. Here, emergent magnetic monopoles traverse a lattice of qubits in a superconducting quantum annealer. Nonzero flux programmed around the boundary creates a trapped monopole in the degenerate ground state. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Using a D-Wave quantum-annealing computer as a testbed, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have shown that it is possible to isolate so-called emergent magnetic monopoles, a class of quasiparticles, creating


LANL And Partners Secure $4.7 Million In DOE Funding

The Terrestrial Energy-Efficient Long-Range Network (TERN) for Remote Monitoring of power transmission lines in real time was one of five Los Alamos projects to secure Department of Energy funds. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and private-sector partners have secured a total of $4.7 million in Technology Commercialization Funds from the Department of Energy (DOE) to accelerate bringing cutting-edge energy technologies and solutions to the marketplace.

“These partnerships are an example of what Los Alamos does best, fostering innovation in science


Triad National Security Donates Truck For Contest To Thank LANL Employees For Getting Fully Vaccinated By Sept. 3

LANL employees and eligible contractors vaccinated by Sept. 3 can sign up to win this Triad-funded Ford F-150. Courtesy/LANL


Employees and eligible contractors who are fully vaccinated by Sept. 3, 2021, will have an opportunity to enter a drawing for a 2021 Ford F-150 pickup truck sponsored and funded privately by Los Alamos National Laboratory’s operator, Triad National Security. No taxpayer dollars were used to purchase the truck.

Triad purchased the truck for the contest as a thank you to employees who are helping protect their families and fellow workers by getting the COVID-19