Zach Tudor, who leads Idaho National Laboratory’s national and homeland security research programs, receive the Career Achievement in Government Award at the virtual Black Engineer of the Year Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Conference. The event recognizes exceptional leaders whose actions have energized corporations and communities to create connections between minority students, educators and professionals in scientific fields. The conference is sponsored by the Career Communications Group, publisher of U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine. It has taken place annually since 1986.
As an associate laboratory director at INL, Tudor directs a staff of more than 800 people. Their work is responsible for nearly $500 million in annual research and development funding including programs focused on industrial cybersecurity, infrastructure resilience, nuclear nonproliferation and materials science. A 21-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, he has experience in both the private sector and the federal government. He was recently appointed to chair the board of directors for the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, a nonprofit focused on cybersecurity certification.
During his tenure at the laboratory, Tudor has led efforts to increase inclusive representation in INL’s hiring processes and internship and fellowship programs. Through the Graduate Education for Minorities in Engineering and Science fellowship program, he has provided career mentorship to students who came to the lab from underserved and underprivileged backgrounds, including those from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In the community, he has supported and sponsored cultural activities through the Idaho Falls African American Alliance, the Idaho Falls Arts Council and the Museum of Idaho.