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Sandia vice president to present Bromilow Lecture at NMSU

The New Mexico State University College of Engineering will present the 41st annual Bromilow Lecture featuring Sandia National Laboratories Vice President Jim Chavez. Chavez, an NMSU mechanical engineering alumnus, will present a talk titled “Nuclear Nonproliferation: Treaties and Technologies” at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 in Thomas and Brown Hall Room 104. The lecture is free and open to all.

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Jim Chavez, an New Mexico State University mechanical engineering alumnus and Sandia National Laboratories vice president, will present the 41st annual Bromilow Lecture Wednesday, Feb. 24. (Courtesy photo)

As Vice President of the Energy, Nonproliferation, and High- Consequence Security Division, Chavez oversees more than 1,300 employees and contractors and manages a diverse portfolio that includes projects in global security, energy technologies, weapon and force protection, critical asset protection, the nuclear fuel cycle, and geoscience and climate. Chavez also leads Sandia’s International, Homeland, and Nuclear Security Program Management Unit which encompasses nonproliferation and arms control, securing and safeguarding nuclear weapons and nuclear materials, protecting critical U.S. government assets and installations, ensuring the resilience of physical and cyber infrastructure and reducing the risks of terrorist threats and catastrophic events.

During his 32-year career at Sandia, Chavez has held a variety of positions. In 2001, Chavez was selected as a Congressional Fellow for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, where he worked for U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) in Washington, D.C., as her science and technology adviser.

Chavez is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is also a member of the NMSU Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board. He is a past recipient of the Hispanic Professional Engineer Award for Professional Achievement. Chavez also is member of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation Board.

Chavez received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at NMSU and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

The annual Bromilow Lecture is presented by a prominent member of the engineering profession and marks the culmination of Engineers’ Week celebrations. The lecture is named in honor of former College of Engineering Dean Frank Bromilow. Dean Bromilow had a significant impact on the College of Engineering and through this event continues to advance the engineering program at NMSU.