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George Washington University Alumnus and Director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Penrose Albright to Kickoff Insights and Innovations Speaker Series, Nov. 7

Albright is a Leading U.S. Expert on National Security Technology and Policy

October 24, 2012

Latarsha Gatlin
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Michelle Sherrard
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ASHBURN, Va.— Penrose “Parney” Albright ’79, the 11th director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Ca., will discuss the role of national laboratories in the critical function of national security and technical innovation at the George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus on Nov. 7. Dr. Albright is the inaugural presenter for the Insights and Innovations Dean’s Speaker Series hosted by Ali Eskandarian, dean of GW’s VSTC.

Insights and Innovations will bring leaders and experts together with students, faculty, alumni, and the community to facilitate discussions on the challenges and opportunities impacting a global society. The event will take place at the VSTC’s Exploration Hall located at 20101 Academic Way in Ashburn. The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. ; the presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public however RSVPs are encouraged.

"Our hope is that the exchanges generated through such gatherings as the Dean’s Speaker Series will lead to solutions with a positive impact on our region, the Commonwealth of Virginia and ultimately on the nation and the world,” said Dr. Eskandarian. “Dr. Albright by virtue of his years of experience and service to the nation as a consequential public figure in science and technology is an ideal inaugural speaker for our series.”   

Dr. Albright, who is also president of the Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC, has extensive experience in policy direction, strategic planning, congressional and executive branch interactions, financial and personnel management of large mission-focused science and technology organizations and research, development, testing, and evaluation of national security technologies and systems. 

Previously, Dr. Albright was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the position of Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. His responsibilities included developing the multi-year strategic planning guidance and budget execution for the complete portfolio of programs comprising the Science and Technology Directorate. Under his leadership and guidance major new national efforts were created in radiological and nuclear security; biological, chemical, and explosives defense; border security, trade and travel facilitation; aviation and other aspects of transportation security; national incident emergency response and consequence management; and critical infrastructure protection.

Dr. Albright has a B.S. in physics and applied mathematics from GW and an M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland.

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