The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) named Jill Hruby, former director of Sandia National Laboratories, as the first Sam Nunn Distinguished Fellow, a new NTI position designed to seed innovation in threat reduction. Her work will focus on the intersection of technology and security. Sam Nunn is the co-founder and co-chair of NTI and served as chief executive officer from 2001 to 2017.
“To identify our first Sam Nunn Distinguished Fellow, we looked for someone with the talents Sam embodies: an ability to identify new threats on the horizon, an interest in practical solutions, and a spirit of collaboration. We found them all in Jill,” said NTI Co-chair and Chief Executive Officer Ernest J. Moniz.
“We are delighted that Jill will be our first Sam Nunn Distinguished Fellow. Her deep science and technical background, her policy understanding, and her leadership in our field will inspire NTI staff, invigorate our work, and increase our impact,” added Joan Rohlfing, NTI president.
Beginning on November 5, Hruby will spend one year at NTI, working in residence the majority of the time.
The Sam Nunn Distinguished Fellow program is made possible through generous donations from Edlow International, the Hess Foundation, the Michael A. Peterson Foundation, and Major General Arnold and Jan Punaro.
About Jill Hruby
Jill Hruby served as the director of Sandia National Laboratories from July 2015 to May 2017. Sandia is a Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration national laboratory with an operating revenue of $3 billion and about 12,000 employees. Sandia’s diverse national security missions include nuclear weapons, cyberspace, energy, non-proliferation, biological defense, and space. She managed work in global security, nuclear weapons, non-proliferation, homeland security, and energy technologies.
Among extensive recognition, Hruby has received the Department of Energy Secretary’s Exceptional Service Award, the National Nuclear Security Administrator’s Distinguished Service Gold Award, and Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. In 2017, Business Insider named her the second most powerful female engineer.
About the Sam Nunn Distinguished Fellow Program
The Sam Nunn Distinguished Fellow Program honors NTI co-founder and co-chair Sam Nunn for his significant impact on shaping the field of WMD-related risk reduction by bringing outstanding talent to NTI on a term basis for the purpose of advancing a strategic priority or seeding new directions in threat reduction.
For more than four decades, Sam Nunn has worked to strengthen U.S. national and global security, reduce nuclear risks and advance bipartisan solutions to our world's greatest challenges. During his tenure in the United States Senate (D-GA, 1972-1996), Senator Nunn conceived of and then co-authored legislation with Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) creating the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, widely known as the “Nunn-Lugar program,” which provided assistance for more than 20 years to Russia and the former Soviet republics for securing and destroying their excess nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
Since retiring from the Senate, Sam Nunn has continued his work to build a safer and more peaceful world by spending the majority of his time devoted to reducing the global risks from weapons of mass destruction and disruption. As co-chairman and chief executive officer of NTI from January of 2001 through May 2017, he and NTI have worked to secure nuclear materials globally, reduce the chance of a dirty bomb attack, raise awareness of nuclear and biological dangers, and strengthen non-proliferation efforts. Nunn continues to serve as one of NTI’s co-chairs, alongside Moniz and fellow NTI co-founder Ted Turner.
The Nuclear Threat Initiative works to protect our lives, environment, and quality of life now and for future generations. We work to prevent catastrophic attacks with weapons of mass destruction and disruption (WMDD)—nuclear, biological, radiological, chemical, and cyber.
For Immediate Release:
November 7, 2018
Contact: Cathy Gwin, 202-454-7706