WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement today after it was announced that Jill Hruby will be the next president and director of Sandia National Laboratories. Hruby will be the first woman to lead a national security laboratory when she assumes her new position on July 17.
"Jill Hruby is an accomplished and admired public servant. For more than three decades she's dedicated her career to energy development and cutting-edge research that has contributed substantially to our national security. She is exceptionally qualified to lead the men and women at Sandia National Laboratories who work tirelessly to address some of our nation's greatest challenges. I congratulate Jill on her appointment and am confident that she will continue Sandia's tradition of exceptional service in the national interest.
"Additionally, I'd like to recognize Paul Hommert who I've had the pleasure of working with for many years during his tenure with Sandia. Paul has represented our country with integrity and honor, and it is my privilege to thank him for his contribution to our nation's security. I wish him best of luck, continued happiness, and offer my congratulations on his retirement."
Jill Hruby has been a staff member and manger for Sandia National Laboratories for 32 years. She most recently served as a vice president overseeing Sandia efforts in nuclear, biological and chemical security; homeland security; counterterrorism and energy security.
Additinonal information on Jill Hruby's appointment can be found here.