With an anticipated need to hire over 2000 employees in the next 3-5 years, the Laboratory desires an accelerated and fortified workforce recruitment effort to meet national security mission needs. University faculty and students benefit by access to the Lab and its staff for scientific and engineering collaborations. Strong ties between the academic community and the Lab invigorate these mutual benefits.
Regional universities supply the majority of the Lab’s diverse workforce even in today’s high-mobility technical careers. While there is a key role for national and international recruitment of specialists, the Laboratory benefits by fortified workforce pipelines to regional universities as a preferred employer for candidates with affinity to the Mountain and Southwest states.
Our vision for ReACt is a collaborative community of regional universities working with Los Alamos National Laboratory to explore solutions for problems that impact the Southwest Region as well as national and global well being while developing the next generation workforce for national security.
The primary goal of REACT is to increase the number of collaborative partnerships between regional universities and LANL through streamlined collaborative mechanisms. LANL staff benefit by mentoring students, taking joint appointments, teaching on-campus, and teaching through distance learning activities. Secondary goals include student and faculty involvement, frequency of joint publications, and impact of joint projects.