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March 2014

The Cleantech Open, the world’s largest accelerator for clean technology start ups, hosted a regional networking event last week to discuss the challenges and opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs to do business with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories.

Cleantech Open meets with Lawrence Livermore, Sandia national laboratories

The event at the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC), which is a joint initiative between both labs, drew an audience of 121 that included the private sector, lab researchers and economic development administrators. It consisted of two panel discussions on moving lab technologies to the market place, followed by a networking session.

Both laboratories, which cosponsored the event with the i-GATE Innovation Hub, have clean energy technologies for which they would like to find commercial partners to develop further.

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U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell gave opening remarks at the event. He said clean technology is important for region’s economy and that more partnerships should be formed between the public and private sectors.

The panel Discussion members are, from left: Brandon Cardwell, VP of i-GATE Innovation Hub, Brian Steel, cop direct of Cleatech to Market program, Rob Lamkin of Cool Earth Solar, Andy McIlroy, Sandia’s senior manager of the Livermore Valley Open Campus, and Betsy Cantwell, director of  Economic Development at LLNL.

Cleantech Open meets with Lawrence Livermore, Sandia national laboratories

Cleantech Open meets with Lawrence Livermore, Sandia national laboratories

The most recent NNSA quarterly summary of experiments conducted as part of its science-based stockpile stewardship program is now available here

The quarterly summary prepared by NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs provides descriptions of key NNSA facilities that conduct stockpile stewardship experiments. These include some of the most sophisticated scientific research facilities in the world including, the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories. The summary also provides the number of experiments performed at each facility during each quarter of the fiscal year.

The U.S. Stockpile Stewardship Program is a robust program of scientific inquiry used to sustain and assess the nuclear weapons stockpile without the use of underground nuclear tests. The experiments carried out within the program are used in combination with complex computational models and NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program to assess the safety, security and effectiveness of the stockpile. An extraordinary set of science, technology and engineering (ST&E) facilities have been established in support of the stockpile stewardship program.

The National Security Campus culminated its Diversity Among Us-themed celebration with a special guest speaker on March 13. Dr. Andres Sayles, DOE Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, spoke to employees about inclusion and fostering mentorships. He praised employees’ passion for encouraging STEM education and volunteering in the classroom.

Dr. Sayles joined the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity in September 2013. In his role, Sayles supports initiatives that ensure underrepresented communities and minority businesses fully participate in DOE programs and are favorably impacted by energy policies. Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Sayles was the Director of Diversity Strategy and Implementation for the U.S. Army, where he developed and led implementation of strategic plans that sustained the Army as a national leader in diversity and supported the Army’s 1.3 million soldiers and civilians who serve our country.

NSC employees celebrate diversity

Elaine Bunn, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy (DASD/NMD), today spoke at NNSA about her experiences across the nuclear enterprise. The talk was part of ongoing lectures hosted by Brig. Gen. James C. Dawkins, NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application. Today’s talk was co-hosted by Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI).

Bunn directs the offices of the Under Secretary for Policy that develops and reviews Departmental and National policies for nuclear and missile defense capabilities. These responsibilities include defining requirements for future capabilities, reviewing and adjusting operational planning, and leading discussions to develop strategies and options with allies and friends as well as international cooperation or agreements in the areas of nuclear forces, global strike and missile defense.

She has also served as a Distinguished Research Fellow in the Center for Strategic Research at National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies and as a senior executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where she worked for 20 years in international security policy.

Defense Programs lecture series continue