New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2001
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Laurence Brown
Laurence E. Brown is a principal member of the Technical Staff for Technical Programs/Project Management and Planning at Sandia National Laboratories, where he also serves as Sandia's tribal Government Liaison. He is the point of contact for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Indian Tribes. Aided by the Department of Energy's (DOE) American Indian Policy; Mr. Brown was instrumental in creating a Memorandum of Understanding among the Navajo Nation, Sandia, and the DOE. His technical back-ground, strong interpersonal skills, and Navajo background all came 3 together to help assure the overall success of the Sandia/DOE team working with the Navajo Nation throughout the long process.
For many years, Laurence has maintained a strong vision towards extending the resources and capabilities of Sandia, as well as the other national labs, to Native Americans. The MOU was an historic event for Sandia Labs, the DOE, and the Navajo Nation, and a precedent for New Mexico. This important agreement will facilitate technical interaction among the parties involved addressing the Nation's needs around technical infrastructure, telecommunications, tech-based business development, and energy, to name a few.
Laurence Brown is an extremely active community member and has an impressive track record for volunteerism. He is an annual volunteer for Sandia's Dreamcatcher hands-on science program, a lead judge for the N.M. Native American Science Fair and the National American Indian Science and Engineering Fair, and actively participated in the American Indian Outreach Committee (AISES) for 12 years. With the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Mr. Brown currently represents Sandia on the Corporate Advisory Council and served on the AISES Board of Directors for 4 years.