Leading national defense laboratory official to come to BU

By Henry Eckels

An official of one the country’s leading national defense laboratories is coming to Baylor to talk about the technology they develop to keep the United States a step ahead of its enemies.

Dr. Duane Dimos, vice president of the Science and Technology Division at Sandia National Laboratories, will speak at a seminar about the purpose of Sandia labs, the kinds of technology they develop and the fields of study Sandia employers look for in future applicants, according to Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science’s website.

Dimos’ visit was organized by Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering and Computer Science. The seminar will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday in 109 Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building.

Dr. Dennis O’Neal, dean of Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, said the seminar will intrigue students of any major who are fascinated by the technology supporting national security.

“The people at Sandia create really cool tech for the purpose of keeping our country safe,” O’Neal said. “Anybody who is interested in national security or the technology behind it won’t be bored.”

According to Sandia’s Web page, the Sandia labs are at the forefront of developing technology designed to protect the United States from threats such as rogue nuclear countries or terrorist organizations. Sandia focuses on developing technology and software for the purpose of improving the United States’ national security, which includes protecting and maintaining the country’s nuclear arsenal and engineering and assessing the country’s defense systems. The Sandia facilities are located in Albuquerque, N.M.

O’Neal said Dimos’ visit will be beneficial for both students and the university.

“We are real fortunate to have Dr. Dimos visit Baylor,” O’Neal said. “Our hope is that the staff here will establish professional relationships with Dr. Dimos and he will be able to inform students about potential career options in the area of national security.”

O’Neal said Dimos already had a couple of connections to Baylor, so getting him to agree to come was not difficult.

“I have gone down to Sandia labs before with a some faculty for a tour, and I met Dr. Dimos,” O’Neal said. “It also helped that Dr. Dimos has a son who currently attends Baylor.”