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Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

Facts, Figures

The Lab's mission is to develop and apply science and technology to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent; reduce global threats; and solve other emerging national security and energy challenges.

Facts, Figures for 2016

People

Total employees: 10,500, including approximately:

  • Los Alamos National Security, LLC: 6,850
  • Centerra-LA (Guard Force): 300
  • Contractors: 400
  • Students: 1,100
  • Unionized craft workers: 880
  • Post doctoral researchers: 350

Budget, FY 2016

Approx. $2.45 billion

  • 65% Weapons programs
  • 7% Nonproliferation programs
  • 5% Safeguards and Security
  • 7% Environmental Management
  • 4% DOE Office of Science
  • 2% Energy and other programs
  • 10% Work for Others

Place

Located 35 miles northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on about 40 square miles of DOE-owned property

More than 1,000 individual facilities, including 47 technical areas with 8.2 million square feet under roof, including

  • 1,000 buildings
    (13 nuclear facilities)
  • 268 miles of roads
    (100 paved)
  • 198 miles of primary and
    secondary electrical lines
  • 57 miles of gas lines
  • power plant

Replacement value of $14.2 billion

Workforce

LANS and students only:
39% of employees live in Los Alamos; remainder commute from Santa Fe, Española, Taos, Albuquerque

Average Age: 46

  • 67% male, 33% female
  • 44% minorities
  • 66% university degrees
  • 28% hold undergraduate
    degrees
  • 17% hold master’s degrees
  • 21% have earned a PhD

Major Awards

  • 137 R&D 100 awards since 1978
  • 34 E. O. Lawrence Awards
  • 8 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists & Engineers
  • 3 Glenn T. Seaborg Awards
  • The Edward Teller Medal
  • The Nobel Prize in Physics: Frederick Reines

Albuquerque to
Los Alamos, NM

98 miles; 1 hr, 51 min.

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