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Engineering Institute

Multidisciplinary engineering research that integrates advanced modeling and simulations, novel sensing systems and new developments in information technology.
June 11, 2013
Los Alamos Research Park

Los Alamos Research Park, the home of Engineering Institute


  • Institute Leader
  • Holly Trellue
  • (505) 665-9539
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  • UCSD EI Director
  • Michael Todd
  • (858) 534-5951
  • Program Administrator
  • Juls Quintana-Valdez
  • (505) 665-5390
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  • Institute Administrator
  • Amy Schiffer
  • (505) 487-3819
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Collaboration for Education, Research, and Innovation

The Engineering Institute is an educational and research partnership between LANL and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Jacobs School of Engineering. The Institute aims to (1) promote mission-driven, multidisciplinary engineering research that develops the next generation of state-of-the-art hardware and software tools, and (2) attract, educate, and retain the world-class technical workforce needed to effectively and efficiently fulfill LANL's national security missions. The components of the Engineering Institute are:

Educational Programs

The Engineering Institute's educational programs were developed in response to an identified need for a formal education program to be associated with the EI.  This need resulted from the fact that unlike the basic sciences, where most LANL hires are done at the Ph.D. level, engineering tends to hire at all levels and many of these engineers are subsequently interested in pursuing advanced degrees. 

EI’s education and research focus is on multidisciplinary engineering research that develops and integrates advanced predictive modeling, novel sensing systems and new developments in information technology.  More recently, this focus has led to many activities that embrace the concepts of cyber-physical systems, where sensing, processing, communication and controls are integrated and built into all types of engineered systems to improve their performance.

Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School

The Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School is a very selective summer school in which top upper-level US-citizen undergraduate students from universities around the nation attend lectures and work in teams of three with a Los Alamos Lab mentor on research projects related to the Engineering Institute's technology focus.  
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Athena Engineering Scholars

The LANL Athena Engineering Scholars Program (The Athena Program) is designed to inspire women to achieve their full potential as future leaders in engineering. We support 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. It is open only to current LANL students or early career staff.
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Judicial Science School

This week-long course, developed through close collaboration between the Laboratory’s top science, engineering, and legal professionals, offers the knowledge and tools that will better prepare judges to evaluate whether scientific arguments and methodologies meet threshold requirements for admissibility in the courtroom.
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