Seven cadets and four faculty traveled to Albuquerque and Los Alamos, NM as part of the department's second annual staff ride last month. The cadets and faculty toured several experimental and computational facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory and visited the Nuclear Weapons Instructional Museum at Kirtland Air Force Base near Albuquerque.
They met with Dr. Thom Mason, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Mason answered questions from the cadets regarding various aspects of physics, nuclear engineering, and space science that drive the laboratory's mission "to solve national security challenges through scientific excellence."
The cadets presented Dr. Mason with a decked-out Physics and Nuclear Engineering (PANE) helmet in recognition of the support he and Los Alamos provide to PANE through many unique interactions during the academic year and by sponsoring a number of exceptional Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) opportunities for PANE cadets each summer.