LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Nov. 10, 2020—Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Thom Mason and Chancellor Dan Arvizu of New Mexico State University (NMSU) today announced the signing of a new institutional agreement to enable joint appointments.
“The Laboratory is pleased to work with partners like NMSU to build scientific and engineering collaborations that mutually benefit both institutions,” said Director Thom Mason. “The exchange of NMSU faculty and Laboratory staff builds enduring collaborations and workforce pipelines.”
“The University is very excited to move forward with this collaboration with the Laboratory,” said NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu. “We’re glad to give our faculty a new pathway for working with the outstanding scientific and engineering staff at Los Alamos.”
The intent of joint appointments between Los Alamos and NMSU is to facilitate retention, recognition, and recruitment of science and engineering staff and faculty. The program strives to build and enhance a joint collaborative culture at partner institutions by establishing reciprocal benefits, rights, privileges, and obligations. A master institutional agreement, established at the highest institutional levels, allows flexibility by working with established and innovative mechanisms of collaboration. Several of the appointments are about to be set in place, in the fields of computer science, computer engineering and mechanical engineering.
Nominees for joint appointments require endorsement by their Associate Lab Director or Dean.
Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.