NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino presented the award to Drell in recognition of his many years of exceptional contributions to Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories, the NNSA, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the nation.
Drell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor of theoretical physics (emeritus) at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), Stanford University. Drell, who served as SLAC's deputy director until retiring in 1998, has been active as an adviser to the executive and legislative branches of government on national security and defense technical issues. He is a founding member of JASON, a group of academic scientists who consult for the government on issues of national importance.
For more than 25 years, Drell has supported the University of California (UC) in its management and oversight of the two laboratories. He served as the founding chairman of the UC President's Council on the National Laboratories and as the founding chairman of the council's National Security Panel. Prior to the formation of the UC President's Council, he served on a predecessor group, chaired by former Lawrence Livermore Director Herbert York, that reviewed the mission work at the laboratories.
Most recently, Drell has served on the Board of Governors for both Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS) and Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC (LLNS), the managing contractors for the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories since 2007 and 2008, respectively. He also has served as the chairman of the LANS and LLNS Mission Committees. In addition, he was a member of the recent search committees for the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore laboratory directors.