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Alan Carr

Historically speaking, the Laboratory is a behemoth. From Manhattan to Mars, more than seven decades of innovation on “the Hill” have literally carried mankind to new heights. For some, the sheer breadth of that timetable can be difficult to digest, but for Alan Carr it’s the perfect challenge — one that bears new discoveries every day. Carr — the Lab’s official historian — talked about his 15 years of experience tracking down and preserving all the remarkable stories from the Atomic City. Read the story!

Emilio Racinez

Emilio Racinez was a young boy living in the battle-scarred Philippines during World War II, and he was one of thousands who felt great relief when Japan was defeated. A lifetime later, his passion is serving the Laboratory whose wartime innovations brought peace to his homeland. Emilio has been an electrical engineer at the Lab since 1985. Over the past 30 years, he has designed and coordinated construction of much of the Laboratory’s electrical infrastructure. We keep the lights on. Read the story!

Tana Cardenas

As a child in Galisteo, New Mexico, Tana Cardenas liked to walk around the house with a screwdriver, tightening every loose screw she saw. And, when she was eight years old, she said she remembered, “Someone asked me what I wanted to be, and I said, "I’m going to be a mechanical engineer.” Cardenas was true to her word. She is now an R&D engineer where she designs targets Los Alamos physicists put in the path of lasers at the National Ignition Facility and the Omega laser facility in Rochester. Read the story!

Paul Dowden

Paul Dowden has worked as an auto and diesel mechanic and as a hot rod enthusiast, doing his own fabrication, electronics, and engine and transmission building. That same tinkering streak serves him well today as he oversees all pulsed laser deposition operations for the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Innovation drives his contributions to a range of projects, from chemical lasers to the R&D 100 award-winning flexible superconducting tape. Read the story!

Veronica Livescu

Veronica Livescu’s career has taken quite a turn since she earned her master’s in aerospace engineering in Romania in 1991. The changes began as soon as she graduated. On her way from Bucharest to the Laboratory’s Materials Science in Radiation and Dynamics Extremes group, she changed not only countries but also disciplines, transforming herself from a mechanical engineer to a materials scientist. I never in my life thought that I would work for the Lab, but I saw opportunities and took them. Read the story!

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User Facilities

Our national user facilities are the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies.

Science Facilities

Our science facilities are critical to maintaining the vitality and leadership of our science, technology, and engineering capabilities for national security.

Science Pillars, Capabilities

Our Science Pillars use broad science, technology, and engineering capabilities across multiple disciplines to meet diverse national security missions.