WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today congratulated NNSA Materials Control and Accountability Program Manager Amy Whitworth for being awarded the prestigious title of Fellow by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management during its recent annual meeting in Tucson, Ariz.
Fellows must be nominated by their peers, recommended by the INMM Fellows Committee and approved by the INMM Executive Committee. There currently are 35 Fellows out of more than 1,100 INMM members. Whitworth is only the fifth woman to receive the honor and, at 44, she is currently the youngest INMM Fellow.
"This is a tremendous honor for Ms. Whitworth and NNSA, especially considering so few INMM members attain this designation," said Brad Peterson, NNSA's Chief of Defense Nuclear Security. "The talented men and women working security issues throughout the nuclear security enterprise bring an unparalleled level of skill and dedication to the service of protecting our nation. Ms. Whitworth's distinguished career in nuclear materials control and accountability is not only a tremendous asset to the nuclear security enterprise, it is an example of the outstanding level of talent we have been able to recruit and retain within NNSA's Defense Nuclear Security community to accomplish our vital mission ."
INMM Fellows identify and develop initiatives to enhance INMM's operation and to further the institute's goal of encouraging the efficient management and safeguards of nuclear materials.
"As an NNSA nuclear security professional, I am part of what I consider to be one of the most critical missions in the world: keeping weapons-usable nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists and potential proliferators," said Whitworth. "It is an honor to have my professional accomplishments recognized by my peers."
Whitworth began her nuclear security career in 1990 and has worked in the areas of security operations, policy, field assistance, inspections, and international safeguards. Currently, her responsibilities as program manager include materials control and accountability implementation for the NNSA and safeguards and security related aspects of international treaties and arms control agreements.
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.
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