Anna Llobet

    Dr. Anna Llobet is an experimental physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the mother of two children born and raised in NM. Dr. Llobet graduated from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona-UAB (Spain) and moved to Grenoble (France) where she worked at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and was awarded a phD by UAB and Universitee Joseph Fourier (Grenoble) in 2000. She joined Los Alamos National laboratory 23 years ago as a postdoc and was later hired as a scientist. She has worked for a long time in strongly correlated materials and studying the structure property relations and currently works in the Safety and Surety group in the Laboratory Weapons Physics associate directorate and performs small-scale dynamic experiments with protons and materials science research with neutrons. Llobet’s experimental work, combined with supercomputing simulations, helps ensure the safety and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons. Dr. Llobet was organizer of several of the LANSCE Neutron School which ran for 11 years and is the founder of the Summer Physics Camp for Young Women — a two-week science camp that gives New Mexican and Hawaiian students a chance to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math which is an ongoing effort since 2018. In 2021 those efforts were joined by other national laboratories, and they formed the SAGE Consortium and partners with other national labs to create STEM camps for women and internships in National Labs. In 2023, at least 24 students from NM past camps were summer interns at LANL. Dr Llobet received the Los Alamos Individual Distinguished performance award in 2018. In 2022 she received the Los Alamos Community Relations Medal that recognizes community leadership and encouraging partnerships within Northern New Mexico and across these sectors: STEM education, economic/workforce development, and philanthropic investment of time or resources and was also honored with the 2022 IMPACT! Award by the NM Network for women in Science and Engineering. She is currently the vice-chair of the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee (JROMC), an organization dedicated to preserving honor the legacy and spirit of J. Robert Oppenheimer the first director of Los Alamos National Laboratory, by promoting the love of learning and the power of discovery in ways that have a positive impact on our world through thought-provoking public lectures by distinguished speakers; a scholarship program for high school students exhibiting exceptional promise, creative thinking, and excitement of discovery; and science-education outreach activities in Northern New Mexico. In addition, she is currently a Board member for the NM Association of Science, an organization that works with teachers, state agencies, and the legislature to establish appropriate standards for the teaching of the science and is delighted to be a newly elected board Member at the NM Network for Science and Engineering.

    Joann Latorre