Weapons 101 presented by an unlikely weaponeer.

Event Date: September 6, 2023
Speaker: Dr. Robert Webster
ONE Award Recipient
Speaker Affiliation: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Type: In-person
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: WALC 1018
Priority: No
School or Program: Nuclear Engineering
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Bob Webster will discuss the prevalent backdrop of nuclear weapons in any nuclear career path. He will describe the path by which he became engaged in the Los Alamos weapons program, and will include a historical/scientific perspective of the development of nuclear weapons.



Dr. Robert (Bob) Webster is the deputy Laboratory director for Weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), which is operated by Triad National Security for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Admiration (NNSA).

As the deputy Laboratory director for Weapons, Webster has direct line management responsibility for planning, coordinating, and integrating the Weapons program, particularly for the directorates of Weapons Engineering, Weapons Design, Weapons Production, and Plutonium Infrastructure.

Webster is a 34 year veteran of the Weapons program at Los Alamos, and he is a recognized leader in stockpile stewardship. During Webster’s tenure, Weapons programs have consistently made significant contributions to LANL and NNSA missions. Webster is responsible for the strategic leadership, management, planning, and execution of the nuclear weapons program at Los Alamos to meet the primary mission of ensuring the safety, reliability, and performance of the nation’s nuclear deterrent.

Webster provides the Laboratory’s primary interface for the nuclear weapons program and plans and coordinates interactions with key customers in the NNSA, Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense.

Until November 2018, Webster served as the Laboratory’s principal associate director for Weapons programs. In this role, he integrated and delivered key capabilities of three associate directorates—Plutonium Science and Manufacturing, Weapons Physics, and Weapons Experiments—as well as several offices and programs.

From April 2012 through June 2015, Webster served as the associate director for Weapons Physics at the Laboratory. As such, he provided leadership for two divisions and was responsible for execution and integration of the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program, the Science Campaigns, and the Inertial Confinement Fusion program.

In 2010, Webster served as deputy division leader for the Computational Physics division and as the ASC program director. In 2009, he served as LANL’s science advisor to NNSA’s deputy administrator for Defense Programs, participating in the Nuclear Posture Review.

Webster joined the Laboratory permanently in 1989 after coming to Los Alamos as a graduate student in 1984. He holds doctorate and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering from Purdue University. He earned a master’s in electrical engineering and applied physics from Case Western Reserve University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.



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