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Women We Admire: Kim Budil

Bring your lunch and join Kim Budil, vice president for National Laboratories at UCOP, for the next talk in the Women We Admire series.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 7
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: Franklin Lobby 1
Dial-in: ReadyTalk at 866-740-1260; access code 7226879

The Women We Admire series was initiated by the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW) in 2009. PACSW brings women to UCOP from around the system to share insights about their careers, workplace challenges and work-life balance. All members of the UCOP community are invited to attend these events to learn how to make the most of working at UC.

Budil is responsible for the university’s management oversight of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Budil serves as an Executive Committee Governor on the Boards of Governors of the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the managing contractors for LLNL and LANL. In addition, she is a member of the LBNL Advisory Board and chairs the LBNL Contract Assurance Council.

Budil was formerly the N Program Manager in the Global Security Principal Directorate at LLNL. She was responsible for the nuclear counterterrorism program including device assessment, pre- and post-detonation nuclear forensics, nuclear incident response and reachback, and nuclear detection and countermeasures research. Budil also served as the deputy program director for Nuclear Counterterrorism within the Office of Strategic Outcomes.

Budil joined LLNL in 1987 as a graduate student in the Department of Applied Science at UC Davis and has held a variety of positions across LLNL working in Weapons and Complex Integration, National Ignition Facility, Physical and Life Sciences, and Global Security. She served twice as a detailee in Washington, D.C., first spending two years at NNSA in the Office of Defense Science and then, most recently, nearly two years as a Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for Science at the Department of Energy. In 2002, she was selected to be the scientific editor for the LLNL publications Science and Technology Review and National Security Review.

Budil has been a vocal advocate for women in science, serving on the American Physical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics and has participated in or led a number of site visits to assess the climate for women in physics at national labs and academic institutions. She participated in two International Conferences on Women in Physics, leading the U.S. delegation to the 2005 conference in Brazil. She was also active at LLNL in helping to organize a number of technical women’s conferences and participating in the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Women’s Association. She has a B.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Science/Engineering from the UC Davis.

Find upcoming speakers in the series and archived audio of past talks on the Women We Admire website.

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