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After Oppenheimer: The Los Alamos Mission in the Modern Day

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Thursday, February 22, 2024, 4 pm

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ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

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Jeff Hylok

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Abstract

The Oppenheimer movie thrust the story of the Manhattan Project and early days of Los Alamos into the forefront of public consciousness last year. However, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s current mission receives much less attention from the average American. For nearly eight decades, LANL has played a pivotal role in maintaining our nation’s nuclear deterrence posture, supporting nuclear non-proliferation around the world, and advancing fundamental scientific understanding of our world and universe. Russian aggression, China’s emergence as a peer, and the rise of other nuclear breakout nations all drive the nation and LANL into a new, post-post-cold war national security environment. Fundamentally, the lab’s mission remains the same, but many technical challenges must be overcome to address this new international security era.

Bio

Jeff Hylok is the Principal Engineer for the W93/Mk7 program at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Jeff has over 20 years’ experience at LANL in various engineering roles. His early LANL career included test and model validation engineering work for the W76-1/Mk4 life extension program (LEP), system engineering work on both the W76-1 and W88/Mk5 programs, and served as the lead systems engineer for the Gemini subcritical test series. More recently, Jeff spent five years as the system qualification lead for the B61-12 LEP and was the program management lead for the W93/Mk7 Phase 1 program. Before joining Los Alamos, Jeff performed structural testing on consumer appliances for the Whirlpool corporation, St. Joseph, MI. He received his BS from Michigan Technological University, and MS from the University of Cincinnati. Both degrees are in Mechanical Engineering, with an emphasis in experimental structural dynamics.

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