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The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History to Celebrate 25th Annual Einstein Gala

New Mexico’s Biggest Science Party of the Year will be held on March 18.

Maria Korsnick, President & CEO Nuclear Energy Institute

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host the 25th Annual Einstein Gala, New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year, at 5:30 pm. on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Sandia Resort and Casino.

The Museum’s largest fundraising event will introduce intricate science experiments performed by high school-aged museum junior volunteers, a unique silent auction, mingling among some of the most brilliant minds in science, and an opportunity to honor an exceptional individual with the 25th Annual National Award of Nuclear Science & History.

The award - celebrating the broad scope of achievement and commitment to furthering scientific endeavors made by individuals and organizations in areas of leadership, technology, government, energy, and education - will be awarded to Maria Korsnick, president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the nuclear industry’s policy organization in Washington, DC.

With a career spanning over 35 years, Korsnick has worked as a senior control room operator, engineer, site vice president, corporate vice president, and chief nuclear officer. Drawing on her engineering background, hands-on experience in reactor operations, and deep knowledge of energy policy and regulatory issues, Korsnick aims to increase understanding of nuclear energy’s economic and environmental benefits among policymakers and the public. Korsnick holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Maryland and has held a senior reactor operator license.

“It is an honor to award Maria Korsnick and her exceptional accomplishments as a leader in the field of nuclear energy with this prestigious award,” said Jennifer Hayden, Museum Executive Director.

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is a Smithsonian Affiliate and the only congressional-chartered museum in the nuclear field. Established in 1969 by the Department of Energy, the museum now operates under the National Atomic Museum Foundation as a non-profit entity, telling the story of the Atomic Age, from early uses to today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

All proceeds from the museum’s Einstein Gala fundraising event will help support the Museum’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational programs for students in grades K-12 students as well as professional development workshops for science and math teachers.

The evening, beginning at 5:30 pm, includes dinner, entertaining science experiments, and an extensive silent auction. For more information, or to buy your ticket, please visit nuclearmuseum.org or call the museum’s Director of Development at 505-245-2137, extension 110.