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Science, Technology, and Engineering Capability Reviews

Measuring and continuously improving the quality of the Laboratory’s science, technology, and engineering

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Six orbital planes in which Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites fly around Earth.

This image illustrates the six orbital planes in which Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites (“navigational satellites,” or ns) fly around Earth. For the first time in history, data from space-weather sensors developed by Los Alamos on board the nation’s GPS satellites is publicly available. The data will help researchers better understand how space weather works and how to best protect critical infrastructure, such as the nation’s satellites, aircraft, communications networks, navigation systems, and the electric power grid.

Assessing the quality of the Lab's ST&E

Los Alamos uses yearly external reviews, called capability reviews, to measure and continuously improve the quality of its science, technology, and engineering (STE).

During capability reviews, an external committee assesses the STE quality, institutional integration, and relevance and advises Lab management on the current and future health of the Lab’s STE. A final report from each review includes the committee’s assessments, commendations, and recommendations for improving each capability.

2017 Capability Reviews

Five capability reviews are scheduled at Los Alamos for FY17. Select the title to access more information (Access is restricted to committee members and organizers.)

Capability ReviewDateLab POC
Complex Natural & Engineered Systems (CNES) May 16-18 Nan Sauer
Engineering (ENG) March 20-23 Nancy Jo Nicholas
Information, Science & Technology (IS&T) April 25-27 John Sarrao
Materials for the Future (MAT) April 30 - May 3 Mary Hockaday
Weapons Science & Engineering (WSE) May 4-5 Bob Webster

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