Over the past two years as a Global Fellow with the Wilson Polar Institute, Peter Davies has focused on framing research, planning and operational infrastructure needs in Arctic environments. In 2017, Davies retired from Sandia National Laboratories. For the last 18 of his 29 years at Sandia, he served in six Director positions including: Geoscience, Climate & Consequence Effects; Nuclear Energy & Fuel Cycle Programs; Homeland Security & Defense Systems; Laboratory Executive Staff Director; Nuclear Energy & Global Security Technologies; and Geoscience & Environment. Davies catalyzed five strategic mission initiatives -- Arctic Science & Security; Water for Energy; US Energy Resilience to Cyber Failure and Attack; Safe and Secure Expansion of Global Nuclear Power; and Supercritical CO2 Brayton Cycle. He also served as Director of the Geoscience Research Foundation. From 2001 to 2006, Davies served as the founding Director for Sandia’s Water Initiative, managing a cross-laboratory research and technology development program focused on water-infrastructure security, real-time water monitoring, water treatment & desalination technology, and cooperative decision modeling. Davies also engaged in a many facets of nuclear waste disposal, from the creation of our nation's first nuclear waste repository (the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, which opened in 1999), to serving as a Steering Committee member on the 2018 Stanford University study "Reset of America's Nuclear Waster Management Strategy and Policy."
Director Emeritus, Sandia National Laboratories
Given the scale, complexity and multidimensional impacts of Arctic change, cost effective, year-round access to multiple Arctic domains for research, development, technology testing and domain awareness is very important.