Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Principal Associate Director - Global Security

As Principal Associate Director for Global Security, Nancy Jo Nicholas leads Laboratory programs with special focus on developing and applying the scientific and engineering capabilities to address complex national and global security threats. 

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Nicholas’ technical field of expertise is nondestructive assay measurements.

Nancy Jo Nicholas

Nancy Jo Nicholas, Principal Associate Director for Global Security

Nancy Jo Nicholas has worked in the Global Security field at the Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1990. Her expertise integrates international and national policies in nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear materials management with fast-paced innovations and technology developments. She was appointed as Principal Associate Director for Global Security (PADGS) at Los Alamos in December 2017. As PADGS, Nicholas leads Laboratory programs related to national security. Los Alamos enhances our nation's security by developing and applying the scientific and engineering capabilities to counter threats, in particular those associated with weapons of mass destruction.

Nicholas has over 20 years of experience in non-proliferation and nuclear materials management. Prior to serving as PADGS, Nicholas served as the Associate Director for Threat Identification and Response (ADTIR) since June 2014. She also executed work in nuclear facilities at Los Alamos, the Nevada Test Site, Savannah River, and the Rocky Flats Plant.

Nicholas currently serves on both the National Academy of Science’s Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board and the Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group (ISTEG). She is a Fellow of the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), and recently served a two-year term as president of the INMM. INMM is the premiere international professional society for nonproliferation, arms control and international safeguards. Additionally, Nicholas recently served on the Board of Directors of WINS – the Vienna-based World Institute for Nuclear Security, the American Physical Society Panel on Public Affairs study on potential “U.S.-Russian Nuclear Reductions After New START”, and the Defense Science Board Task Force on the Assessment of Nuclear Treaty Monitoring and Verification Technologies.

Nicholas’ technical field of expertise is nondestructive assay measurements. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Albright College and a Master’s Degree in Experimental Nuclear Physics from George Washington University.