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How do you support NNSA?

I am currently an NNSA Graduate Fellow in the Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing and Institutional Research and Development. I assist our office’s staff in oversight, management, and support of the computational capabilities at the national laboratories.

What is your personal or cultural background, and how has that shaped you and your approach to your career?

My parents immigrated from Japan to the United States in 1992. They were looking for a brighter future for their family. I grew up in New York in both Queens and eastern Long Island.

What led you to a career in nuclear security?

My academic background is in theoretical condensed matter physics. I became a physicist to study nuclear fusion but was unable to pursue this in my education. Upon completing my formal education, I wanted to be in a role where I would be able to translate technical, abstract details between a variety of stakeholders and external audiences. I was fortunate to have found the NGFP Program on a lucky web search.

What’s one of your favorite things about working at NNSA?

One of my favorite things about working at NNSA is the people. They have been very supportive about discussing my desire for growth and career intentions, in addition to connecting me with resources for professional development.

What are the characteristics of the best teams you have been part of?

The characteristics of the best teams include regular communication, openness to feedback, a caring community, and accessibility to mentorship opportunities. It is nice to be a part of a team that wants to hear your ideas, consider them critically, and respects your value as a member.

What advice would you have for anyone interested in a career in nuclear security?

I would say just to be open and clear about what you want. It is underrated to know what you want and plan ahead. In addition, be humble, ask for help whenever you come across anything difficult, and trust the process, as it may just be out of the blue that someone presents you with an idea that could change your life for the better.