Sandia names new VP for defense research

James Peery is named Sandia National Laboratories' vice president for defense research. | Courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories
Sandia National Laboratories appointed James Peery to vice president for defense research to continue the lab's national security research efforts.

As vice president, Peery will advance development and integration of advanced science and technology to enhance technology systems for the Department of Defense and other areas and agencies.

Prior to this appointment, Peery served as the director of Sandia's Information Systems Analysis Center.
“It is truly an honor to be asked to lead an organization that has developed and continues to develop state-of-the-art technology to protect our war fighters and increase U.S. security," Peery said. "The talent and dedication of the staff and management within the Defense Systems and Assessments Division is unparalleled.”

Peery holds a doctorate from Texas A&M University in nuclear engineering. He joined Sandia in 1990 and has been developing computational tools for high-energy density physics and structure dynamics fields. He was also the manager of the team that developed the aircraft stress simulator Salinas. This team won the Gordon Bell Prize from the Association for Computing Machinery. This program also was the recipient of the National Nuclear Security Administration's Award for Excellence.

Peery's recent efforts have focused on recruiting and providing career development for combat veterans and the Wounded Warrior Program.

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