Dr. Julie Carrera serves as the Director of the Strategic Security Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory. She was previously the Deputy Director of the division. As director, Dr. Carrera leads a team devoted to developing and implementing practical approaches and technical solutions to address complex, enduring, and emerging threats to national and global security.
Department Manager, Nonproliferation Research, Analysis and Engagement
Brent Heilman is the Department Manager for Nonproliferation Research, Analysis & Engagement within the Strategic Security Sciences division at Argonne National Laboratory and serves as the Relationship Manager with NNSA’s Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control (NA-24).
Dr. Jennifer Steeb is the Department Manager of CBRN Detection & Analysis within the Strategic Security Sciences Division. She has a broad background in radiochemistry, analytical chemistry, and in chemical nonproliferation. Her role includes overseeing several groups including nuclear forensics, emergency response, research development testing and evaluation (RDT&E) for CBRN threats, and CBRN experimental R&D work.
Jacob Johnson is the Interim Department Manager for the National & Cyber Security Information Sciences department. He has been serving as IT project manager supporting the NTNS and AET directorates with a focus on national security projects.
In her Operations Lead role in the Strategic Security Sciences Division, Lee Ann is responsible for the implementation of a wide range of operational activities including, but not limited to, division policy and procedures, communication, safety, and infrastructure. She has over 42 years of Argonne experience including 18 years in business operations, management, and human resources.
Dr. Benjamin Blakely is group leader of Applied Research in the Strategic Security Sciences division. His researches the intersections of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and cybersecurity at Argonne.
Dr. Lauren Boldon leads the CBRN Nonproliferation Analysis group in the Strategic Security Sciences division, focused on CBRN-related nonproliferation areas, such as export controls and international safeguards.
Group Leader, Research Development Testing & Evaluation
Patrick De Lurgio is the group leader for the Research Development Testing and Evaluation (RDT&E) Group within the CBRN Detection & Analysis Department. Patrick is a Principal Systems Engineer with over 23 years’ experience working in research and development of radiation detector systems, data acquisition systems, and analog and sensor interface electronics.
Dr. Claudio Gariazzo serves as the Group Leader for Nonproliferation Innovation of the Nonproliferation Research, Analysis & Engagement within the Strategic Security Sciences division at Argonne National Laboratory.
Sunaree Hamilton provides leadership for Argonne National Laboratory’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Programs. Activities organized under her leadership in cooperation with the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme provide support for the transfer of nuclear science, technology and applications for peaceful uses and the achievement of the sustainable development in the international community.
Dan joined Argonne National Laboratory in 2009 and is currently group leader of Secure DevOps in the Strategic Security Sciences division. He and his team focus on proactively improving the state of cyber operations, creating better and more rapid cyber situational awareness, ensuring the security of critical infrastructure, evaluating the cyber impacts of emerging technologies, and protecting the security and prosperity of our national and global communities.
Group Leader, National Security Information Systems
Douglas Johnson leads the National Security Information Systems (NSIS) group in Argonne National Laboratory’s Strategic Security Sciences division. NSIS designs, develops and operates innovative web applications to help support and protect critical national and international missions and resources for a diverse set of government agencies across several domains.
Group Leader, International Safeguards and Export Control Engagement
Justin Reed leads the International Safeguards & Export Control Engagement group in the Strategic Security Sciences division. In this role, Justin assists the U.S Department of Energy’s efforts with the International Atomic Energy Agency and partner countries to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of international nuclear safeguards implementation.
Dr. Van Groningen leads the Modeling and Analytic group in Argonne National Laboratory’s Strategic Security Sciences division. He specializes in the development and use of complex modeling and analysis tools for applications used in for military deployment, distribution, and deployment analysis; public health emergency management plan analysis; mission planning systems for the Special Operations Command of the U.S. military; and assessing environmental impacts.
Chad Wester is the Group Leader and the Training & Outreach Coordinator for the Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) in the Strategic Security Sciences Division of Argonne National Laboratory. His work focuses on Radiation/Nuclear Search, Consequence Management and Preparedness of RAP Region 5.