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Alumnus receives 2000 Distinguished Service Award

At the Engineers' Day banquet on Oct. 20, nuclear engineering alumnus Thomas O. Hunter (MS '76, PhDNE '78) was among 12 alumni and friends to receive distinguished service awards from the College of Engineering.
Thomas O. Hunter

Thomas O. Hunter (14K JPG)

In 1978, Hunter embarked on a career that led him to one of the top positions in the engineering industry. After completing his doctorate at UW-Madison, he renewed his affiliation with Sandia National Laboratories. Now Hunter is the senior vice president of this U.S. Department of Energy national lab.

He leads the strategic business unit in defense programs, which includes more than 50 percent of the labs' $1.5 billion annual budget. He oversees research programs in microelectronics, materials science, engineering science, nuclear weapons engineering and other areas. In addition, Hunter is responsible for the laboratories' efforts in advanced computing, computational engineering science, environmental testing, systems integration and military interface on nuclear weapons.

During the past 25 years, Hunter has made significant contributions to several areas of engineering. He worked to advance technology development for testing components in the radiation environments produced by nuclear weapons. As one of the initiators of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant project, and manager of Sandia's Yucca Mountain efforts, he led research and development efforts to establish technology for the nation's first repository for the permanent isolation of nuclear waste in rock salt.

Hunter established major international environmental programs. As a founding member and chairman of the Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention program, he helped establish a series of congressionally supported initiatives between U.S. national labs and institutes in the former Soviet Union. He has been a guest lecturer at MIT and served on engineering advisory councils at the University of Texas-Austin, University of California-Davis, and the University of Florida.

Hunter enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family, including his three daughters, who now live in various parts of the country.


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