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Gil Herrera selected as a Sandia Fellow

October 23, 2018 - By Kendall Tipton

Gilbert (Gil) Herrera, a University of New Mexico School of Engineering alumnus, has been awarded the honor of becoming a Fellow for Sandia National Laboratories.


Herrera earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 1981 and has worked extensively with the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Defense, as well as in his contributions in the intelligence community through his knowledge of micro- and nanotechnologies. Through these areas, Herrera has contributed to nuclear weapons and other Sandia missions.

He led the startup at Sandia's MESA facilities, and served eight years as director there. He has been director of the Laboratory for Physical Sciences at a joint University of Maryland/U.S. government research institute, and served at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as an AAAS/Sloan Fellow.

Herrera is a member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers, and a fellow of the University of Texas Institute for Advanced Technologies.

Those who are appointed as a Fellow for Sandia National Laboratories are recognized for their significant advancements for Sandia and for the nation. Upon the appointment of a Fellow, they are expected to serve as experts on a wide range of topics. Additionally, they are expected to serve as ambassadors for Sandia National Laboratories to many organizations, including the Department of Energy and other government agencies, academia, and technical societies.