NNSA has awarded Jennifer Harder from the Office of Defense Programs with the 2020 Linton F. Brooks Medal for Dedication to Public Service.
The award was presented by former NNSA Administrator Linton Brooks and Dr. William Bookless, NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator, during a ceremony at DOE Headquarters last month.
This annual award recognizes NNSA employees with less than five years of federal experience whose actions and deeds exemplify former NNSA Administrator and Ambassador Linton Brooks’ spirit of commitment and achievement.
“Finding and developing the next generation of leaders is vital to maintaining America’s Nuclear Security Enterprise and accomplishing NNSA’s great missions,” Dr. Bookless said. “Ms. Harder epitomizes the characteristics on which this award was founded. She is a skilled professional tackling our Nation’s toughest challenges, while demonstrating a strong commitment to public service.”
As the B61-12 Life Extension Program (LEP) Lead Engineer responsible for the System Integration and Qualification for the B61-12, Harder was recognized for her significant contributions in support of NNSA’s mission and the country.
Harder’s efforts were instrumental in ensuring the hardware for the B61-12 LEP met the needs of the U.S. Air Force and North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Harder’s contributions included streamlining the scheduling and delivery of essential materials between NNSA and its customers, resulting in more than $100 million of cost-savings between NNSA and the Air Force.
Harder joined the B61-12 team as the Surveillance and System Qualification lead in 2017. In the last three years she has led nuclear and non-nuclear component development, qualification, and production for joint test assemblies and war reserve components. Additionally, she has led the aircraft integration and compatibility testing effort with the joint NNSA, national laboratories, and Air Force teams for both threshold and objective platforms.
Prior to joining NNSA, Harder was a senior engineer at the Kansas City National Security Campus. In May 2009, she received a Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University in Materials Science and Engineering with an emphasis in ceramics and metals. She is also a 2012 graduate of Sandia National Laboratories’ Weapon Intern Program. In 2016, she completed a detail with NA-122.3 Air Delivered Weapons Division supporting stockpile surveillance activities.