National Nuclear Security Administration

Hats off to the Class of 2018! NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program celebrates a year of accomplishments

June 7, 2018

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The NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program graduating class of 2018.
The NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program graduating class of 2018.
Randall M. Hendrickson, NNSA’s Associate Administrator for Management and Budget addresses the NGFP class during graduation ceremony.
Randall M. Hendrickson, NNSA’s Associate Administrator for Management and Budget addresses the NGFP class during graduation ceremony.

NNSA’s Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) celebrated the next group of rising nuclear security leaders during a formal ceremony on May 31 in Washington, D.C.

NGFP is a yearlong, highly competitive developmental fellowship program that provides graduate-level professionals the opportunity to gain exposure and experience in the Nuclear Security Enterprise.

During their tenure, Fellows are assigned and placed in programs and site offices across NNSA, the Department of Energy, and the Department of State.

“You’ve really made some key contributions and your efforts have strengthened international nonproliferation, incident response, and nuclear policy efforts across the world and across the enterprise,” said Randall M. Hendrickson, NNSA’s Associate Administrator for Management and Budget.

This year’s alumni can boast accomplishments that will resonate in support of NNSA’s mission for years to come.  A few highlighted accomplishments include:

  • Hosting 50 members of the Nuclear Security Enterprise at a Depleted Uranium Summit to discuss material strategy;
  • Organizing a department-wide workshop on additive manufacturing and developing a new Advanced Manufacturing & Development Strategy;
  • Helping to develop the Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence outreach strategy and participating in outreach engagements with several countries;
  • Co-organizing a workshop bringing together over 100 experts from more than 40 organizations, the results of which were presented at a European Safeguards meeting;
  • Participating in the 12th U.S.-China Joint Coordinating Committee meeting in Shanghai as a member of the NNSA delegation; and
  • Leading U.S. efforts with the Department of State to support the launch of the International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons forum in Paris. 
Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator, talks with recent graduates.
Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator, talks with recent graduates.

Now in its third decade, the program continues to grow and serve as a gateway for NNSA to recruit and hire highly qualified employees. Forty-seven Fellows, out of a pool of approximately 230 applicants, graduated from the program this year.

“This fellowship provided unparalleled professional development opportunities and a seamless pathway into federal service for which I will always be grateful,” said Jill Maloney, Office of Cost Estimating and Program Evaluation Fellow.

To date, 47 percent of recently graduated Fellows will join NNSA as Federal employees. Congratulations to the NGFP Class of 2018!

NGFP is funded by NNSA and is administered in partnership by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Sol Arroyo-Sola shares highlights about fellowship experience with a colleague.
Sol Arroyo-Sola shares highlights about fellowship experience with a colleague.