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Dr. Nancy Brodsky is the Manager of the Geochemistry Department at Sandia National Laboratories and Sandia’s lead for the Fossil Energy Clean Coal and Carbon Management subprogram. She received her PhD in Geophysics from the University of Colorado, and worked for industry (RE/SPEC Inc., Rapid City SD) as a project lead and geomechanics laboratory manager, primarily supporting national nuclear waste isolation programs. She joined Sandia National Laboratories in 1995 to support the Waste Isolation Pilot Plan (WIPP), Yucca Mountain, and other geoscience programs. In 2003 she joined the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center (NISAC), a program sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. She worked with the Infrastructure Complexity R&D Group and the NISAC Fast Analysis and Simulation Team (FAST), serving as the Sandia lead for FAST and as the Sandia NISAC Deputy Project Lead. She has extensive experience working in industry and in government performing and supervising technical work in regulatory environments such as the Yucca Mountain and Waste Isolation Pilot Plant projects, as well as work for the Food and Drug Administration. She was part of a team recognized by the U.S. National Committee for Rock Mechanics (under the auspices of the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences) with an Applied Research Award for Significant Original Contribution (1999). In 2017 she became the manager of the geochemistry department.
A strong science, technology, and engineering foundation enables Sandia's mission through a capable research staff working at the forefront of innovation, collaborative research with universities and companies, and discretionary research projects with significant potential impact. Sandia is committed to hiring the nation’s best and brightest, equipping them with world class tools and facilities while providing opportunities to collaborate with technical experts from many different scientific disciplines. To ensure our fundamental science and engineering core is vibrant and cutting edge, Sandia has chosen to invest in the following research foundations: Bioscience, Computing and Information Science, Engineering Science, Geoscience, Materials Science, Nanodevices and Microsystems, Radiation Effects and High Energy Density Science. These diverse research areas enable a multidisciplinary approach to resolve emerging national security problems.