The next director of Sandia National Laboratories has ties to both national laboratories in New Mexico.
will succeed Stephen Younger who is retiring at the end of the year. He will become the 16th laboratories director in Sandia’s 70-year history and will officially lead the labs beginning Jan. 1.
Peery, 57, worked at Sandia from 1990 to 2002 and then again from 2007 to 2015. He has served in multiple leadership capacities at Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories during his career. He currently serves as Associate Laboratory Director of National Security Sciences a t Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
Peery’s appointment was announced Monday afternoon.
Stevan Slijepcevic, chairman of the board at National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC, said Peery was selected after a nationwide search that included more than 80 candidates. National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., operates Sandia National Laboratories for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
“James rose as our clear choice because of his familiarity with the DOE/NNSA mission, knowledge of Sandia, vast national laboratory leadership experience and deep knowledge of nuclear weapons, cybersecurity, computational science, high-performance computing and systems engineering,” Slijepcevic said. “He also has extensive experience in scientific and engineering code development, as well as in technical program management and development.”
Peery said the opportunity to lead the nation’s largest laboratory and the institution where he started his career is an honor.
“I am humbled to become laboratories director at a time when Sandia is experiencing a significant increase in work supporting our nation’s nuclear deterrent,” Peery said. “We will continue Sandia’s traditions of delivering on our national security missions, supporting our communities and developing our workforce.”