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NNSA to bring together researchers to discuss discovery and innovation at LDRD Symposium


“Discovery and Innovation for National Security” is the theme of the fifth annual NNSA Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Symposium set for June 12 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS Center) in Washington, D.C.

The symposium will feature highlights of game-changing, mission-relevant research supported by the LDRD Program from throughout the enterprise. Emphasis will be on scientific discovery and technological innovation that benefits DOE and NNSA missions of national security. Technical topics will include adiabatic quantum architectures; sensing and modeling for national security; uncertainty quantification for science-based stockpile stewardship; and optical velocimetry for nuclear security.

The symposium features LDRD technology advancements from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories. It also includes research, development, and demonstration projects from the Site Directed Research and Development Program at Nevada National Security Site, and from the Plant Directed Research and Development Program at the NNSA plants. NNSA researchers will provide briefings and a poster session at noon.

Dr. Victor Reis, Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary, will lead a panel discussion on discovery and innovation issues for national security. Keynote presenters will include Neile L. Miller, NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator; Charles V. Shank, Senior Fellow, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Former Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Norman R. Augustine, retired Chairman & CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation; and Thomas A. Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

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