SCE Tech Talk: Overview of the US Nuclear Weapons Enterprise

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Date(s) - 10/22/2020
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm


Join the SCE Alumni Association on Zoom as they host a Tech Talk offered by SCE Alumni Board member Jan Williams, BSME ’83 UMKC, MSCE ’95 Univ. of New Mexico

The United States nuclear deterrent is underpinned by an expansive R&D and manufacturing complex spread over many sites across the country. All these sites are operated by specialized contractors for the National Nuclear Security Administration, an agency within the US Department of Energy. The Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan, an annually produced, publicly released document, describes these sites and the unique capabilities, facilities, and infrastructure dedicated to design, production, and sustainment of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. This presentation will cover history, budget, and other highlights of the people, facilities, and capabilities that produce and maintain the nuclear weapons stockpile.

This event is free, but registration is required

Jan Williams retired from a 33-year career at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM and maintains ties with the nuclear security enterprise through a part-time analyst job with Leidos, Inc. She began her career at Burns & McDonnell Engineering as a technician while attending UMKC and later spent time at the (then) Bendix plant in Kansas City before relocating to New Mexico. Her work experience at Sandia Labs ranged from mechanical facilities design and construction project management to site and infrastructure planning, as well as a variety of positions in in the nuclear weapons program.

Jan is a Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers and received their Distinguished Service Award in 2017. She is also a 1991 UMKC Alumni Award recipient. She has advocated to get more women in engineering throughout her career, participating in many outreach and advocacy events and working to ensure that deserving women engineers receive recognition through the SWE awards program.

Jan is married (to a UMKC Bloch School alumnus) and has two grown children – one of which is currently enrolled in the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering. She is an avid swimmer and is a member of the half Iron Man team that has competed around the country. Jan is also on the SCE Alumni Association Board.