- R&D 100 Awards
Clifford L. Renschler, PhD, is Director of the Component Science, Engineering and Production center (CSEP) at Sandia National Laboratories. He oversees the design and much of the production of all power sources, explosive components and neutron generators in the U.S. nuclear stockpile. CSEP also has programmatic oversight of all Sandia nuclear weapons production. Cliff’s organization is considered to be a model of Lean practice, winning the Shingo Prize, to date the only publically funded entity to ever have done so.
Cliff served in the Sandia Nuclear Weapons Program Office and also spent a number of years in Sandia’s materials science organization, contributing to Sandia’s microelectronic and photovoltaic programs, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University of Evansville and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois. He is the author of nearly 50 peer-reviewed technical papers and holds five patents.