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Einstein Gala

The Einstein Gala is New Mexico’s biggest science party of the year! This prestigious black-tie event is the Museum’s most important fundraising event, and in 2023, it will be held at Sandia Resort and Casino, starting at 5:30 pm on Saturday, March 18th. The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History staff and Board of Trustees invite you to dine with us and explore our amazing silent auction - where mobile bidding is available - filled with the most unique items in Albuquerque. Join us as we honor our National Award honoree for their contributions within the nuclear world, and experience entertainment featuring science experiments that will knock your socks off! Throughout the course of the event, mobile bidding for the silent auction will take place, and bidding will continue throughout the event.


National Award of Nuclear Science & History Awardee - Maria Korsnick, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute

The National Award of Nuclear Science and History is presented annually by the National Atomic Museum Foundation to a prominent person or organization that has had an impact on nuclear issues. The award celebrates the wide scope of achievement and commitment to furthering scientific endeavor made by individuals in areas of military leadership, medical technology, public policy and government, energy sciences, education and space exploration.

Maria Korsnick is president and chief executive officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the nuclear industry’s policy organization in Washington, D.C.

Drawing on her engineering background, hands-on experience in reactor operations and a 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.

Before joining NEI, she was senior vice president of Northeast Operations for Exelon, responsible for overseeing operation of the Calvert Cliffs 1 and 2, R.E. Ginna, and Nine Mile Point 1
and 2 nuclear power plants.

Before Exelon, Korsnick served as chief nuclear officer (CNO) and acting chief executive officer at Constellation Energy Nuclear Group. She began her career at Constellation in 1986 and held positions of increasing responsibility, including engineer, operator, manager, site vice president, corporate vice president, and CNO.

Korsnick holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Maryland, and has held a Senior Reactor Operator license. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.

Click here to learn more about past recipients.

Proceeds from the Einstein Gala help support the Museum’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educational programs for K-12 students as well as professional development workshops for science and math teachers.

The 25th Annual Einstein Gala will take place on Saturday, March 18th, 2023. Individual tickets, table purchases, and sponsorships for the event will be available for purchase soon.

For further information regarding our 2023 Einstein Gala, please contact our Director of Development 505-245-2137, extension 110, or

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