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NNSA Recruits Next Generation of Nuclear Security Experts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is conducting information sessions and on-campus interviews across the country in an effort to recruit 31 new employees for the 2010 class of its Future Leaders Program. New Future Leaders will start as a class in June of 2010.

"Our efforts to recruit and retain the next generation of nuclear security experts are critical to ensuring our ability to fulfill our national security mission into the future," said NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino. "Everyday, the men and women in the nuclear security enterprise are working on the front lines, keeping the American people safe by strengthening our nuclear deterrent, preventing our adversaries from acquiring nuclear weapons and providing the nation with a nuclear and radiological emergency response capability.  We look forward to meeting with students around the country and to potentially offering them the opportunity to serve their country in a rewarding career path."

The objective of the Future Leaders Program is to develop subject matter experts in wide variety of disciplines to ultimately manage programs and projects within NNSA, including managing national defense weapons-related programs at both nuclear and non-nuclear facilities. The intent of the program is to provide experiences that will build and strengthen participants' technical knowledge to apply theory to real world problems in actual work situations. 

During the two year program, participants choose 30- and 60-day rotations that will require participants to travel in order to obtain a broad knowledge of NNSA facilities nationwide. Participants are also involved in an aggressive internal training program that provides an on-the-job mentor and the tools required to have a successful career in the NNSA.

Recruitment and campus interviews:

University of South Carolina

Information session: Tuesday, Oct. 13

Campus interviews: Wednesday, Oct. 14


Clemson University

Information session: Thursday, Oct. 15

Campus interviews: Friday, Oct. 16


New Mexico State University

Information session: Wednesday, Oct. 14

Campus interviews: Thursday, Oct. 15


Penn State University

Information session: Wednesday, Oct. 21

Campus interviews: Thursday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 23


Ohio State University

Information session: Monday, Oct. 19

Campus interviews: Tuesday, Oct. 20


University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Information session: Wednesday, Oct. 21

Campus interviews: Thursday, Oct. 22


University of Maryland

Information session: Wednesday, Oct. 28

Campus interviews: Thursday, Oct. 29 and Friday, Oct. 30


Texas A&M University

Information session: Monday, Nov. 2

Campus interviews: Tuesday, Nov. 3


Texas Tech University

Information session: Wednesday, Nov. 4

Campus interviews: Thursday, Nov. 5


University of California, Berkeley

Information session: Monday, Nov. 2

Campus interviews: Tuesday, Nov. 3


Southern University

Information session: Wednesday, Nov. 11

Campus interviews: Thursday, Nov. 12


For more information about the Future Leaders Program see:

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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. Visit for more information.


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