A question we are frequently asked is, "where does the name MesaFive come from?"
MesaFive comes from the Manhattan Project during World War II. The project to invent and construct the first atomic bomb involved tens of thousands of people across many locations, but the core of the work was done by a large group of scientists working on a mesa in what would become known as Los Alamos, New Mexico. Throughout the project the group ran into new, seemingly insurmountable problems and frequently concluded an atomic bomb was impossible to build. The leaders would regularly turn to J. Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist who was the head of the Manhattan Project, to brainstorm solutions to the challenges they faced. Oppenheimer had a unique ability to understand complex problems in a wide variety of fields, to wade through a wealth of data and research and focus only on the most relevant, to ask the right questions so that they considered issues in a new or different way, and to help others self-realize solutions rather than just give them the answers. Oppenheimer loved the hills around Los Alamos, so when someone wanted to talk he would often take them for a walk. There was a particular mesa nearby that they would walk around but it didn’t have a name, so one of the scientists just referred to it as "Mesa Five."