Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

75 Years Strong

New Laboratory Director Terry Wallace outlines his priorities.
February 1, 2018
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New Lab Director Terry Wallace is a New Mexico native.

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“Also unchanging is the Laboratory's commitment to engaging with our partners and neighbors in Northern New Mexico to improve the quality of life for people here.”- Terry Wallace, Lab Director

I am honored to have been named the eleventh director of Los Alamos National Laboratory at the beginning of January.

While I'm new to the position of director, I have strong ties to the Laboratory and to New Mexico. I was raised in Los Alamos, first worked at the Laboratory as an undergraduate in 1975, and earned my undergraduate degree from New Mexico Tech. After 20 years as a professor at the University of Arizona, I returned to Los Alamos in 2003.

With the Laboratory’s contract management change on the horizon, I want to emphasize that the Laboratory's mission remains the same as it has always been: to provide scientific and engineering solutions to the world's most difficult problems. That crucial work will continue through this year and long into the future.

Also unchanging is the Laboratory's commitment to engaging with our partners and neighbors in Northern New Mexico to improve the quality of life for people here.

The LANS Board of Governors has approved $1.875 million in community funding through the projected end of their management contract—continuing their legacy of positive community support that totals $34.8 million since 2006. This commitment allows us to continue to work with organizations across the region, magnifying the impact of our employees' generous support of nonprofits in the region.

Hiring also continues at the Laboratory. In 2017, we recruited 944 people, 36% of whom are New Mexico natives. This strong level of recruitment will continue in the years ahead, as we look to replace retiring employees and build the workforce of the future.

This year marks the Laboratory's 75th year of serving the nation, and I'm immensely proud of the work we do to make the world a safer place, especially in uncertain times. I look forward to connecting with you at community events, and can assure you that whatever changes take place this year, the Laboratory's commitment to serve the nation and play a positive role in New Mexico will continue.

        -Terry Wallace
        Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory