Adrian J. Anderson
Adrian J. Anderson

What is your cultural background? Where did you grow up? 
I am an African American. Born in Houston, Texas and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

How do you support NNSA? 
I lead the Asset Information Management (AIM) initiative and the Mission Dependency Index (MDI). For the AIM initiative, I am responsible for developing methods to improve the quality of NNSA asset data. We have seen significant improvements since implementing data migration and streamlining efforts. For MDI, my responsibility lies with assessing the impact to mission needs if risks are not resolved with “high stake” NNSA assets. Both initiatives assist leadership with making informed decisions pertaining to prioritization of infrastructure maintenance and funding and to make the best-informed decisions based on the most asset accurate data.

How did you end up on this career path? 
During the summers of 2014 and 2015, I interned with NNSA and it was my introduction to the government. After graduating from Southern University and A & M College with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, I immediately accepted a position with NNSA to begin my professional career. I enjoy working on the program management side of mission needs with engineers and scientists at our sites to further support the security of our nation.

What is one of your favorite things about working at NNSA? 
The career opportunities and knowing that my work directly supports the nuclear security of the world. Also, being able to travel to places and be exposed to things that I was never aware of. These experiences have really helped open my mind and expand my perspective on life.

What advice would you give to members of the Black community who want to do what you do for NNSA? 
My advice to my fellow Black community is to not underestimate the plentiful opportunities within the federal government. Working for NNSA has not only opened doors for myself, but for plenty of others that I have crossed paths within our HQ hallways. There is a lot of room for growth, both personally and professionally.

What do you like to do in your spare time? 
I enjoy reading, cinema, traveling, and meeting new people! 

What leader or cultural figure would you like to recognize this month? 
Honestly, it is difficult to pinpoint one cultural figure to celebrate since every one of them played an integral part in our advancement. I would need all 365 days of the year to truly give thanks to everyone that I hold in high esteem. Every Black historical figure made huge sacrifices, from civil rights liberation to the technological advancements or even breaking barriers in the media/sports world. So, I would like to thank them all and the even the ones who were never acknowledged yet still made sacrifices. No matter how big or small the contribution, they all helped to pave the way. Teamwork will continue to make the dream work.