National security laboratory selects Jill Hruby as director, first woman to lead lab

Associated Press

The largest U.S. national security research and development laboratory is poised to have a woman run its operations for the first time.

Jill Hruby will become the president and director of Sandia National Laboratories next month.

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With main facilities in Albuquerque and Livermore, California, Sandia's responsibilities cover nuclear weapons, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

Hruby most recently served as a vice president overseeing Sandia's efforts in nuclear, biological and chemical security.

She will begin July 17, replacing Paul Hommert, who announced his retirement recently.

The laboratory is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp. and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.