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Alan Carr

Historically speaking, the Laboratory is a behemoth. From Manhattan to Mars, more than seven decades of innovation on “the Hill” have literally carried mankind to new heights. For some, the sheer breadth of that timetable can be difficult to digest, but for Alan Carr it’s the perfect challenge — one that bears new discoveries every day. Carr — the Lab’s official historian — talked about his 15 years of experience tracking down and preserving all the remarkable stories from the Atomic City. Read the story!

Emilio Racinez

Emilio Racinez was a young boy living in the battle-scarred Philippines during World War II, and he was one of thousands who felt great relief when Japan was defeated. A lifetime later, his passion is serving the laboratory whose wartime innovations brought peace to his homeland. Emilio has been an electrical engineer at the Lab since 1985. Over the past 30 years, he has designed and coordinated construction of much of the Laboratory’s electrical infrastructure. Read the story!

Paul Dowden

Paul Dowden has worked as an auto and diesel mechanic and as a hot rod enthusiast, doing his own fabrication, electronics, and engine and transmission building. That same tinkering streak serves him well today as he oversees all pulsed laser deposition operations for the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Los Alamos. Innovation drives his contributions to a range of projects, from chemical lasers to the R&D 100 award-winning flexible superconducting tape. Read the story!

Darrin Visarraga

In 2002, Darrin Visarraga came to Los Alamos to work as a scientist/mathematician with the Infrastructure Systems and Modeling group, developing computer simulations for physical infrastructures. As an outlet from work, Darrin has been studying and teaching salsa in Los Alamos and around Northern New Mexico. “To gain confidence as a dancer, you have to let go of your inhibitions and let your movements connect organically,” notes Darrin. Read the story!

Veronica Livescu

Veronica Livescu’s career has taken quite a turn since she earned her master’s in aerospace engineering in Romania in 1991. On her way from Bucharest to the Laboratory’s Materials Science in Radiation and Dynamics Extremes group, she changed not only countries but also disciplines, transforming herself from a mechanical engineer to a materials scientist. Read the story!

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User Facilities

Our national user facilities are the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies.

Science Facilities

Our science facilities are critical to maintaining the vitality and leadership of our science, technology, and engineering capabilities for national security.

Science Pillars, Capabilities

Our Science Pillars use broad science, technology, and engineering capabilities across multiple disciplines to meet diverse national security missions.