NSE Day Virtual Career Fair
Come learn about career opportunities and internships with the NNSA Nuclear Security Enterprise!
Register Today: tx.ag/NSE2021
Thursday September 23, 2021
Panel Discussion 10-11am (CDT)
Career Fair 11am – 2pm (CDT)
The Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) is made up of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and its labs, plants and sites. NNSA is responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. It maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of our Nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile; reduces global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the United States and abroad. The virtual panel discussion will provide insight into career opportunities, company culture and what it would look like to work in the NSE. Hiring managers and technical representatives will be in attendance of the career fair to collect resumes and answer questions. Note-Many positions within the NSE require a security clearance as a condition of employment.
Opportunities available for both graduate and undergraduate students!
NSE Panelist for part 1 of the career fair include:
- Mr Gabriel “Gabe” Pugh- National Nuclear Security Administration- Gabriel “Gabe” Pugh serves as the Deputy Manager – Pantex for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Production Office (NPO). Gabe joined NPO at the Pantex Plant in October 2020 after serving as the Deputy Manager of Business, Security and Missions for the NNSA’s Los Alamos Field Office. Gabe has over 30 years of experience with the Department of Energy (DOE/NNSA) in the areas of Nuclear Facility Safety, Nuclear Explosive Operations Safety and Nuclear Weapon Program Management. Gabe is a recognized subject matter expert in the areas of Nuclear Facility Maintenance, Configuration Management and Conduct of Operations and has participated as a team member on Operational Readiness Reviews and Readiness Assessments in many of NNSA’s nuclear facilities. Gabe has over 18 years of experience in the Office of Nuclear Weapon Stockpile. Gabe was a team member on the W80 Life Extension Program and has worked on the B61, W80, W84 and B53 weapon systems. Gabe served as the Director of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Division and the Air Delivered Weapons Division. Gabe also served as the Deputy Office Director for the Office of Nuclear Weapon Stockpile. Gabe is a graduate of the Sandia National Laboratories Weapon Intern and completed a one-year assignment with the Air Force Nuclear Weapon Center in the Intelligence & Capabilities Integration Directorate. Gabe holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University and is a Certified Project Management Professional.
- Dr. Brian Freno- Sandia National Laboratories- Brian Freno is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff with Sandia National Laboratories in the Verification, Validation, Uncertainty Quantification, and Credibility Processes Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, where he conducts research in reduced-order modeling, code verification, machine learning, computational fluid dynamics, and computational electromagnetics. He is Computational Physicist and the primary author of multiple journal articles and one patent. Brian serves as an associate editor for the ASME Journal of Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Quantification, and he is a senior member of AIAA and a member of ASME and SIAM. Brian obtained his PhD, MS, and BS in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University, where he was a NASA GSRP Fellow and received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award and the Outstanding Achievement Award for Aerodynamics and Propulsion. He has previously worked for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and Halliburton.
- Dr Paul Bradley- Los Alamos National Laboratories- Paul Bradley was born in Fort Worth, Texas and attended grade school in Pecos and Irving. He was introduced to Texas A&M by cousins and a program where Junior ROTC cadets could see the campus and a football game in the late 1970’s. He went to Texas A&M as a member of the class of 1984 as a President’s Endowed Scholar. He was in the Corps in company C-1 “Cobra-C” and received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in May 1984. He then attended graduate school in the Physics Department and received an M.S. in 1987. After that, he went into the Astronomy Department at the University of Texas at Austin and received his Ph.D. in 1993. In 1992, he was invited to Los Alamos to give a talk (and job interview), where he received a Director’s Funded Postdoc from 1993 through 1996 in X division. He became a Technical Staff member in 1996 and has been at Los Alamos in a variety of roles ever since. He has worked on stellar pulsation, inertial confinement fusion, high energy density physics and nuclear weapons design and assessment during his 28+ year career. He is presently Group Leader for the Plasma Theory and Applications Group (XCP-6), where he leads about 20 scientists that perform computer modeling and experimental design.
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories-
- Ms. Kristan Wessels- Pantex Plant/ Y-12 National Security Complex- Kristan M. Wessels is a Nuclear Criticality Safety Manager in the Safety Analysis Engineering Organization at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In this capacity she manages 20+ Nuclear Engineers who perform criticality safety analysis for processes at Y-12. Ms. Wessels started her career at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard before becoming a Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineer at the U. S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, outside Aiken, South Carolina. Prior to coming to Y-12 she worked at the DOE’s K-25/ETTP (East Tennessee Technology Park) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Kentucky. Ms. Wessels is an active member in the Nuclear Criticality Safety Division of the American Nuclear Society, where she is the working group chair of ANSI/ANS-.814, Use of Soluble Neutron Absorbers in Nuclear Facilities Outside Reactors. She graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering.
- Dr. Erik Timpson- Kansas City National Security Campus- Dr. Erik Timpson is a Principal Electrical Engineer in Quality Assurance Engineering at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T), which manages and operates the Department of Energy’s Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC). With 5,000 employees in Kansas City and Albuquerque, the Kansas City National Security Campus provides diverse engineering, manufacturing and secure sourcing services for national security. Prior to this role, Dr. Timpson served as a Product Development Engineer in the telecommunications industry. Dr. Timpson has authored/coauthored more than 20 peer reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, or technical magazine column articles. He has 6 patents granted. He is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Eta Kappa Nu, Kappa Nu Epsilon, and NCSL International. He has always had a love for education marked by his extensive tutoring, peer instructing, and undergraduate research at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He was the Young Professional Representative for IEEE Instrument and Measurement Society ADCOM. Dr. Timpson earned a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering with honors and minors in Math, Physics, and Biology from the University of Missouri, Rolla. He earned a Master degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri, Kansas City and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Missouri, Columbia. Dr. Timpson is Six Sigma Black Belt trained.
- Dr. Alexis Reed- Nevada National Security Site- Dr. Alexis Reed received her Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University. She has an M.S. degree in Health Physics and a B.S. degree in Radiological Health Engineering, both also from Texas A&M University. Alexis started with the Remote Sensing Laboratory in 2008 as a scientist with the NNSA Consequence Management Program. Since then, she has managed a variety of nuclear incident response programs and teams. In her current position, Dr. Reed oversees the Nuclear Response Division and the Nevada National Security Site’s support to the NNSA Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation. Her division supports international cooperation programs, nuclear forensics, and staffs key national nuclear response assets. Alexis oversees our Nation’s nuclear response personnel at both RSL locations, housed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Joint Base Andrews in Suitland, Maryland. Alexis is a career emergency responder for NNSA and continues to support in a variety of deployable and home team positions for the RSL response assets. Dr. Reed has supported a variety of real-world NNSA responses, including the US support to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in Japan.
- Rainer Neely- Savannah River Site- Rainer has been with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions for, coming on 3 years now. Currently over SRPPF, Tritium, and Mid/Senior/Executive Engineering staffing needs, Program Manager for the SRNS Intern Program, SRNS Apprenticeship Steering Committee Lead, University Recruiter for all MOUs, and the Career Fair Program Coordinator.