Careers in Math: Aaron Luttman (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)


Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, Nov 2nd 2022 4:00pm
  • Venue: 1170 TMCB
  • Categories:
  • Speaker: Aaron Luttman
  • College/Organization: CPMS/Mathematics

Speaker: Dr. Aaron Luttman Senior Technical Advisor at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Title: National Security Research and Careers in the US National Laboratories

Abstract: The US Department of Energy maintains 17 national laboratories, located around the country, that employ over 40,000 scientific and technical staff across all STEM disciplines. Many of the laboratories, along with additional production plants and experimentation sites, focus on research and development tailored to solving the nation’s greatest national security challenges. Supporting national security missions is among the most fulfilling professional trajectories that a scientist or engineer can follow, and, in this presentation, we will discuss how to pursue technical careers in the national laboratories. In addition to being fulfilling, the actual science and technology being discovered, explored, and developed in the national laboratories is world-leading. For this discussion, we’ll highlight some of the mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering in nuclear fusion research, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and materials science to demonstrate how undergraduate and graduate students, as well as career staff scientists, in the national laboratories are driving scientific discovery to solve national security problems.

Biography: Dr. Aaron Luttman is a Senior Technical Advisor at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where his work focuses on understanding emerging challenges in nuclear security and developing scientific approaches to addressing them, both in support of the US nuclear weapons stockpile and in support of nuclear nonproliferation research. He has degrees in mathematics from Purdue University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Montana, and his research has focused on computer vision and image processing. Over the last 15+ years, Aaron was a university professor, a research scientist, a Senior Technical Advisor to the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in Washington, D.C., a personnel manager of teams of scientists and engineers, and a program manager. He is active in the mathematics community, as an officer of the Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) Special Interest Group on the mathematics of Business, Industry, and Government, as a member of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics’ (SIAM) Committee on Applied Mathematics Education, and as a member of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Industrial Advisory Board for Computational Mathematics. He is also an active industrial partner in undergraduate research, providing research projects to the MAA’s PIC Math program, to numerous REU programs, and to Montana State University’s Data Science program. Aaron was the 2011 Outstanding New Teacher at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, and he has received numerous awards for his scientific contributions to the NNSA. He was an MAA Distinguished Lecturer, a SIAM Visiting Lecturer, and was a featured mathematician in 101 Careers in Mathematics (3rd Ed.). He also hires a lot of interns and staff and can help you get a job!