Jill Hruby

Sam Nunn Distinguished Fellow, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Jill Hruby was the inaugural Sam Nunn Distinguished Fellow at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in 2018-2019. She continues her work at NTI on studies that intersect technology and nuclear non-proliferation policy. Hruby served as the Director of Sandia National Laboratories from July 2015 to May 2017. Hruby spent 34 years at Sandia in roles with increasing responsibilities. Jill has worked in nuclear weapons systems and component design, homeland security technologies and systems, materials science and engineering, renewable energy, microsystems technology, physical security, and other areas of national security.

Hruby earned her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and her master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, both in mechanical engineering. She has authored numerous publications and reports, holds three patents, and received an R&D 100 Award. In 2016, she received the Suzanne Jenniches Upward Mobility Award from the Society of Women Engineers. In 2017, Business Insider named her the second most powerful female engineer. Jill has received the Department of Energy Secretary’s Exceptional Service Award, the National Nuclear Security Administrator’s Distinguished Service Gold Award, and Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

Hruby currently is a member of the Defense Science Board, the National Nuclear Security Administration Defense Programs Advisory Committee, the National Academy of Science Committee for International Security and Arms Control, the Los Alamos Missions Committee, the Oak Ridge National Security Sciences Advisory Committee, and others. She is a Board member for Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Center for Arms Control and Non- Proliferation, CRDF Global, and others. She is a member advisory committees Purdue University, and the University of California at Berkeley. She is a frequent participant in international dialogs; a spokesperson for women in engineering; and a mentor for emerging leaders.