Legislative Science, Technology And Telecommunications Interim Committee Meets In Los Alamos

Sen. Leo Jaramillo, left, and Rep. Christine Chandler chat prior to Thursday’s meeting at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair James Robinson welcomes the Science, Technology & Communications Committee to Los Alamos Thursday morning. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

UNM-LA Chancellor Dr. Cynthia Rooney gives an update Thursday morning on the college to the Science, Technology and Telecommunications Interim Committee. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com

Ted Wyka, Department of Energy NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Manager Ted Wyka chats with District 43 Rep. Christine Chandler. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com


The Legislative Science, Technology And Telecommunications Committee met Thursday at UNM-LA and is slated to tour Los Alamos National Laboratory Friday. The group was welcomed Thursday morning by Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair James Robinson who thanked them for choosing UNM-LA as the venue for the meeting.

“This university played a key role in my own education, which helped me begin my career at LANL, as well as discover my passion for public service,” Robinson said. “I firmly believe community colleges like UNM-LA will play a crucial role in preparing our workforce for the future you are about to discuss,” Robinson said.

Presentations to the committee included:

Update on UNM-LA by Chancellor Cynthia J. Rooney, Ph.D

The Generic State Information Technology Project Lifecycle by John Salazar, Secretary, Department of Information Technology (DoIT)

Potential of Blockchain Technology for Cybersecurity for State Agencies by Raja Sambandam, Chief Information Security Officer, DoIT

LANL Status Update by LANL Staff Director Frances Chadwick

LANL’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Outreach and Pipeline Programs: Opportunities for the Future by Kathy Keith, Director of LANL’s Community Partnerships Office and Nan Sauer, Senior Director of LANL’s Partnerships and Pipeline Office

A Potential Regional Strategy for Transitioning the Intermountain West to a Carbon-Neutral Energy Economy by George Guthrie, Deputy Director of LANL’s Applied Energy Program

Committee members will attend a working breakfast at LANL’s J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center and Research Library where they will hear from Roger Wiens and Nina Lanza of the LANL Space and Planetary Exploration Team on the Mars Rover. Later they will tour LANL with Alan B. Carr, LANL’s Senior Historian and Program Manager at the National Security Research Center.

Watch the Los Alamos Reporter for more news from Thursday’s meeting.

The Legislature’s Interim Science, Technology and Telecommunications Committee meeting Thursday in Los Alamos. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com