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Athena Engineering Scholars Program

The LANL Athena Engineering Scholars Program (The Athena Program) inspires women to achieve their full potential as future leaders in engineering.

Contact Us  

  • Athena Program Coordinator
  • Ellie Vigil
  • (505) 667-2818
  • Email
  • Athena Lead Engineer
  • Michele Decroix

Athena Participants 2019

Our Mission

The LANL Athena Engineering Scholars Program (The Athena Program) is designed to inspire women to achieve their full potential as future leaders in engineering. In turn, the program supports the Lab in populating the engineering technical staff with highly-qualified and diverse female engineers to provide the best technical solutions for national security challenges. The Athena Program supports LANL's institutional needs for talent acquisition and development of highly motivated women engineers by offering educational assistance for engineering graduate degrees. The program provides professional development and networking opportunities during the scholar's studies and throughout her early LANL career.

Who We Are Looking For

We are seeking internal nominations for current female undergraduate and post-bachelor engineering students. They must have completed at least their sophomore year of course work prior to the start of the program. They must have an interest in a career at LANL as the program requires an employment commitment following completion of Master's program.

How does this program work?

  • Students must already be LANL employees.
  • Students are nominated by their LANL group and selected to join the program.
  • We provide a professional enrichment program during the summers.
  • We provide funding towards the cost of your graduate education in an engineering field.
  • While in graduate school, you may work for LANL during the school year and during breaks.
  • We work in coordination with your group to determine the appropriate funding and employment arrangements while you are a student.
  • After graduation, you will come back to LANL to start your career as a LANL engineer
  • We provide continued professional development and networking support throughout your early career at LANL.