Perspectives of Nevada National Security Site


Oct. 16, 2018, 4pm to 5:30pm

Office/Remote Location

UNLV Science Engineering Building Auditorium (SEB 1311).


Mark W. Martinez, President of Mission Support and Test Services, will give a Keynote Lecture on Perspectives of Nevada National Security Site.

Winning the Cold War depended upon the experimentation performed at the Nevada Test Site. In 1992, the U.S. placed a moratorium on underground
nuclear weapons testing and the Nevada Test Site lost its purpose. In 1994, the U.S. Department of Energy created the Stockpile Stewardship Program to
enable computer codes to fill the safety and reliability void left by a lack of data from nuclear detonation. Today, certainty is enabled and validated by a
variety of Laboratory experiments performed at the Site which do not depend upon nuclear yield. These experiments are complimented by other material
property experiments and other high-hazard explosive, radiological, and chemical experiments performed for a variety of customers in the interest of U.S.
national security.

Renamed the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) in 2010, the former Nevada Test Site continues to evolve as a key element in the Nation’s nuclear deterrence strategy. The most recent U.S. Nuclear Posture Review indicates a need to revitalize the nuclear weapons complex and to strengthen U.S. strategic deterrence capabilities. As such, the NNSS’s aging capabilities, facilities, and infrastructure are being modernized. The rejuvenated Site will provide the nation a robust platform to perform scientific and engineering tests. Many engineering and scientific opportunities to support these high risk-high value experiments as well as work on the support systems and infrastructure now present themselves and will be discussed.

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This event is free and open to the public.

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Hosted by Professor Ke-Xun Sun, Ph.D. from UNLV's Electreical and Computer Engineering department as part of his ECG 793 Engineering Sciences Seminar series.