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Allison Davis
Allison Davis
October 2009 NNSA Defense Programs Award of Excellence

Two individuals and nine teams received the NNSA Defense Programs Awards of Excellence at ceremonies this year at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico and California. The NNSA Defense Programs Awards of Excellence were created in the early 1980s to give special recognition to those at the laboratories and plants directly associated with the stockpile modernization program. Today, the awards honor exceptional contributions to the stewardship and management of the stockpile.

Amy Whitworth
Amy Whitworth
July 2009 Fellow by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management

NNSA Materials Control and Accountability Program Manager Amy Whitworth was awarded the prestigious title of Fellow by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management during its recent annual meeting in Tucson, Ariz. Fellows must be nominated by their peers, recommended by the INMM Fellows Committee and approved by the INMM Executive Committee. There currently are 35 Fellows out of more than 1,100 INMM members. Whitworth is only the fifth woman to receive the honor and, at 44, she is currently the youngest INMM Fellow.

Artie Rogers demonstrating seismology modeling.
Artie Rogers
August 2009 Fulbright Scholarship

Artie Rodgers, Seismology Group Leader at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. In January he will be heading to Grenoble, France to study the relationship between topography and seismology with computer modeling at Laboratoire de Géohysique Interne et Tectonophysique (LGIT), Université Joseph Fourier. While at LGIT, Rodgers, will be using computational models of earthquakes and explosions to determine how free-surface topography impacts ground motion. The Fulbright Scholarship was introduced in 1945 as a bill in Congress by Arkansas Sen. J.

Berni Alder, 2009 National Medal of Science Winner
Berni Alder
September 2009 National Medal of Science Winner

President Obama has named Berni Alder, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory retired physicist, as a recipient of the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors. The award will be presented at a White House ceremony in early October . Alder is widely regarded as the founder of molecular dynamics, a type of computer simulation used for studying the motions and interactions of atoms over time.

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Bruce Macintosh
February 2010 AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize

A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher's paper published in November 2008 is co-winner of this year's American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Newcomb Cleveland Prize. The Paper is one of two outstanding papers published in Science from June 1, 2008 through May 31, 2009.

Carolyn E. Zerkle
Carolyn Zerkle
October 2009 Governor's New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award

Carolyn E. Zerkle, leader of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Stimulus Project, has been named a 2009 winner of the Governor's New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award.

Zerkle is one of 10 recipients of the prestigious award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to public service and the improvement of government at all levels by private citizens and government employees. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will host the award winners at a banquet November 12.

Charles Mueller
Charles Mueller
August 2009 Harry L. Horning Memorial Award

Chuck Mueller, a member of Sandia National Laboratories technical staff, has received the 2008 Harry L. Horning Memorial Award for his work on the paper, "Early Direct-Injection, Low-Temperature Combustion of Diesel Fuel in an Optical Engine Utilizing a 15-Hole, Dual-Row, Narrow-Included-Angle Nozzle." Since Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF) opened its doors in 1981, CRF researchers have captured the award seven times, which is more than any other institution.

Clifford Ho
Clifford Ho
February 2010 Asian American Engineer of the Year

Clifford Ho, a Sandia engineer, has been selected by the Chinese Institute of Engineers - USA to receive the Asian American Engineer of the Year Award. The honor is presented each year to the nation's most outstanding Asian American engineers and scientists who make significant, lasting and global contributions to the nation. Ho was recognized for his achievements on Feb. 27 at a ceremony in New Brunswick, N.J.

David Haaland
David Haaland
December 2009 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Sandia researchers David Haaland and David Myers have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Haaland was cited for "distinguished contributions in the area of chemometrics and spectral imaging, especially in the application of multivariate spectral analysis techniques."

David S. Moore
David Moore
2009 LANL Fellows Prize for Outstanding Leadership in Science or Engineering

David S. Moore has received the 2009 LANL Fellows Prize for Outstanding Leadership in Science or Engineering, which commends individuals who stimulate the research interests of talented younger Laboratory staff members and who encourage junior researchers to make the personal sacrifices necessary to become effective leaders.

David Myers
David Myers
December 2009 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Sandia researchers David Haaland and David Myers have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

Myers was cited for "contributions to the science, management, and early application of ion implantation, lattice-mismatched heteroepitaxy, and microelectromechanical systems for commercial and national security applications."

Edward Moses
Edward Moses
September 2009 Edward Teller Medal

Edward Moses of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a recipient of the 2009 Edward Teller Medal. Moses was cited for his "leadership in the development and completion of the National Ignition Facility" (NIF). As principal associate director for NIF and Photon Science at Lawrence Livermore (LLNL), Moses is leading an international effort to perform the first ignition experiments on NIF. He joined NIF in 1999 as a laser scientist and program manager of the AVLIS program after working on a number of laser research projects at Hughes Aircraft and LLNL.

Frank Greitzer
Frank Greitzer

Frank Greitzer was invited to be one of six "provocateurs," selected internationally by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to participate in planning of, and present to a National Academies workshop on Usability, Security, and Privacy of Computer Systems Workshop held July 20-22, 2009 in Washington DC.  The workshop was organized by the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National Research Council of the National Academies.

Ivan Vitev
Ivan Vitev
July 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist Ivan Vitev has received a prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The honor is the highest bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists early in their careers. Vitev joined the laboratory in 2004 as a J. Robert Oppenheimer Postdoctoral Fellow, the most distinguished postdoctoral appointment at the laboratory. Vitev is widely recognized for his expertise in quantum chromodynamics, the theory of strong interactions, and in energy loss of high-energy particles in hot, dense matter.

Jerilyn Timlin
Jerilyn Timlin
October 2009 National Institutes of Health (NIH) New Innovator Award

Jerilyn Timlin, a chemist at Sandia National Laboratories, has been presented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with a New Innovator Award, one of 55 such awards granted by the NIH this year. The award encourages researchers to explore bold ideas that have the potential to catapult fields forward and speed the translation of research into improved health.

Jim Novak
Jim Novak
University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management’s Hall of Fame Inductee

Jim Novak from Sandia National Laboratories will be inducted into the University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management’s Hall of Fame next month along with five other local individuals.
Learn more about this honor

Joaquin Birn
Joaquin Birn
November 2009 Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow

Six Los Alamos scientists have been designated 2009 Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows in recognition of sustained, outstanding scientific contributions and exceptional promise for continued professional achievement. The title of Fellow is bestowed on only about 2 percent of the Laboratory's current technical staff. The new Fellows come from myriad scientific disciplines and have sustained high-level achievement important to the Laboratory, become recognized authorities in their fields, and made important discoveries used or cited by peers inside and outside the Laboratory.

John Krepps
John Krepps
June 2010 U.S. Department of Energy Facility Representative of the Year

John Krepps, a facility representative for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos Site Office, received the Department of Energy’s top award for oversight of nuclear and non-nuclear facilities.

Krepps, a Los Alamos resident, works as a facility representative at the Technical Area (TA-55) Plutonium Facility. The TA-55 facility provides the expertise for stewardship and management of plutonium components in the nuclear weapons stockpile and provides surveillance, fabrication, assembly, certification, and dismantlement.

John Maenchen
John Maenchen
July 2009 Peter Haas Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Dr. John Maenchen, deputy science advisor to the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, has received the prestigious Peter Haas Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Joseph Ginanni
Joseph Ginanni
July 2009 U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Aviation Professional Award

Aviation Manager Joseph Ginanni has received the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Aviation Professional Award. Ginanni oversees the Aviation Services Department of the NNSA/NSO Remote Sensing Laboratory at Nellis and Andrews Air Force Bases. The program provides aerial support to the NNSA Office of Emergency Response, which protects people from nuclear or radiological attacks or accidents.

Kennedy Reed
Kennedy Reed
July 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering Mentoring

President Obama has named Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory physicist Kennedy Reed as a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering Mentoring. Reed is a theoretical physicist at the laboratory, conducting research on atomic collisions in high temperature plasmas. Reed has been a leader in national efforts to increase opportunities for minority students and professionals in the sciences, and has been instrumental in the development of programs that have had national impact.

Kevin Eklund
Kevin Eklund
May 2010 NNSA Defense Programs Awards of Excellence

Two individuals and nine teams received the NNSA Defense Programs Awards of Excellence at ceremonies this year at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico and California. The NNSA Defense Programs Awards of Excellence were created in the early 1980s to give special recognition to those at the laboratories and plants directly associated with the stockpile modernization program. Today, the awards honor exceptional contributions to the stewardship and management of the stockpile.

Lance Rakow, NTS Logistics Services Mangager
Lance Rakow
August 2009 U.S. Department of Energy's Management Award

Along with colleague Susan Livenick, Lance Rakow was awarded this years Department of Energy's Management Award honoring his outstanding achievements in energy and water management. Lance, the Logistics Services Manager at the Nevada Test Site, oversaw the conversion of nearly all fleet vehicles at NTS to using environmentally-friendly (E-85) ethanol and biodiesel fuels. Many agencies have switched to E-85, which reduces vehicles' petroleum use by 85 percent.

Lisa G. Hilliard
Lisa Hilliard
August 2009 NNSA Administrator's Silver Award

Lisa G. Hilliard has received the NNSA Administrator's Silver Award for her sustained distinguished accomplishments as the Office Director of the DOE office to the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna from May 1993 to April 2009, serving four Ambassadors, two interim Representatives, and six Secretaries of Energy. Ms. Hilliard consistently demonstrated visionary leadership and attained extraordinary achievements while serving as the senior DOE representative to the U.S.

Lowell Brown
Lowell Brown
November 2009 Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow

Six Los Alamos scientists have been designated 2009 Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows in recognition of sustained, outstanding scientific contributions and exceptional promise for continued professional achievement. The title of Fellow is bestowed on only about 2 percent of the Laboratory's current technical staff. The new Fellows come from myriad scientific disciplines and have sustained high-level achievement important to the Laboratory, become recognized authorities in their fields, and made important discoveries used or cited by peers inside and outside the Laboratory.

Michael C. Kane with North Star Award, NNSA
Michael Kane
September 2009 Senior Executive Service Development Program's "North Star Award"

Michael C. Kane of the National Nuclear Security Administration received the Senior Executive Service Development Program's "North Star Award" at a ceremony here in Washington, D.C.  Kane received the award for leadership in developing the Nation's next generation of Federal senior executives.  His personal efforts expanded the program to include nine long-term overseas assignments at U.S.

Mike Dunsmuir receiving award from Chuck Munns
Mike Dunsmuir
August 2009 Award of appreciation from NNSA Administrator Tom D'Agostino

Mike Dunsmuir, FRR/DRR Receipt Coordinator with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) Nuclear Materials Storage was presented with an award of appreciation from NNSA Administrator Tom D'Agostino "in recognition of his contributions to the Global Threat Reduction Initiative's U.S.-origin Nuclear Removal Program," by Chuck Munns,  SRNS president.  Mike has been with the Foreign Research Reactor Spent Nuclear Fuel Acceptance Program since 1996.  Since then, he has "established a reputation as a very knowledgeable resource and has frequently responded to last-minute changes wit

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Mike Fitzgerald
February 2010 AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize

A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher's paper published in November 2008 is co-winner of this year's American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Newcomb Cleveland Prize. The Paper is one of two outstanding papers published in Science from June 1, 2008 through May 31, 2009.

Nancy B. Jackson
Nancy Jackson

Nancy B. Jackson, manager of the International Chemical Threat Reduction Department at Sandia National Laboratories, will be the American Chemical Society president in 2011 and will serve on the ACS Board of Directors during her presidential succession, which will run from 2010 to 2012. Jackson holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. She served on the ACS board of directors for a three-year term beginning in 2004 and on numerous committees and task forces.

Omar Hurricane
Omar Hurricane
Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award

Omar Hurricane has been named as a recipient of the Department of Energy's prestigious Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award. He is honored for his scientific leadership to advance understanding in a long-standing nuclear weapons physics anomaly and his contribution to nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship. He will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. early next year.

Patrick Colestock
Patrick Colestock
November 2009 Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow

Six Los Alamos scientists have been designated 2009 Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows in recognition of sustained, outstanding scientific contributions and exceptional promise for continued professional achievement. The title of Fellow is bestowed on only about 2 percent of the Laboratory's current technical staff. The new Fellows come from myriad scientific disciplines and have sustained high-level achievement important to the Laboratory, become recognized authorities in their fields, and made important discoveries used or cited by peers inside and outside the Laboratory.

Paul Dodd
Paul Dodd
February 2010 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Paul Dodd, a Sandia National Laboratories researcher, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) "for contributions to the understanding and simulation of single-event effects in microelectronic," according to a notification sent out by the organization.

Edward Moses congratulates fellow award winner Riccardo Betti
Riccardo Betti
September 2009 Edward Teller Medal

Riccardo Betti of the University of Rochester's Fusion Science Center of Extreme State fo Matter and Fast Ignition was recently awarded with the 2009 Edward Teller Medal. Betti was cited for his "seminal contributions to the theory of hydrodynamic instabilities, implosion dynamics and thermonuclear ignition in inertial confinement fusion." A professor at the University of Rochester and director of the Fusion Science Center for Extreme States of Matter, Betti has devised new ignition concepts and theoretical models for inertial fusion implosions and scaling laws for ignition.

Rick A. Wilson
Rick Wilson
July 2009 U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Aviation Maintenance Professional of the Year

Rick A. Wilson has received the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Aviation Maintenance Professional of the Year award. Wilson is the director of maintenance for USA Jet Airlines, Inc., in Albuquerque. He manages the maintenance activity of seven different fleet aircraft for the Office of Secure Transportation, Program Office for Aviation Operations (POAO). The aircraft are used to provide safe and secure transportation of nuclear weapons components, nuclear limited life components, and to transport federal agent task forces who conduct secure ground transportation.

Samuel "Tom" Picraux
Samuel Picraux
November 2009 Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow

Six Los Alamos scientists have been designated 2009 Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows in recognition of sustained, outstanding scientific contributions and exceptional promise for continued professional achievement. The title of Fellow is bestowed on only about 2 percent of the Laboratory's current technical staff. The new Fellows come from myriad scientific disciplines and have sustained high-level achievement important to the Laboratory, become recognized authorities in their fields, and made important discoveries used or cited by peers inside and outside the Laboratory.

Sandra Begay-Campbell
Sandra Begay-Campbell
Ely S. Parker Award

Sandra Begay-Campbell, a Sandia National Laboratories engineer and a member of the Navajo Nation, was selected for the prestigious Ely S. Parker Award by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society at an honors banquet Oct. 31 in Portland, Ore.

Sidney Gutierrez
Sidney Gutierrez
June 2010 Notable New Mexican

Sidney Gutierrez, former NASA astronaut, retired U.S. Air Force colonel and a director at Sandia National Laboratories, has been named the 2010 Notable New Mexican by the Albuquerque Museum Foundation. He will be honored June 2 at the 10th annual award ceremony, where award-winning santero artist Arthur López will unveil a bulto depicting Gutierrez and the story of his life.

Siegfried Hecker
Siegfried Hecker
September 2009 Enrico Fermi Award Winner

Stanford University Professor Siegfried Hecker has received the prestigious Enrico Fermi Award, one of the top honors awarded by the U.S. government. U.S.

Stephen Becker
Stephen Becker
2009 Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow

Six Los Alamos scientists have been designated 2009 Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows in recognition of sustained, outstanding scientific contributions and exceptional promise for continued professional achievement. The title of Fellow is bestowed on only about 2 percent of the Laboratory's current technical staff. The new Fellows come from myriad scientific disciplines and have sustained high-level achievement important to the Laboratory, become recognized authorities in their fields, and made important discoveries used or cited by peers inside and outside the Laboratory.

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Steve Mladineo
October 2009 Fellow of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management

Steve Mladineo joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 1993 and has managed the Nuclear Arms Control and Nonproliferation Product Line, has been the PNNL Account Manager for DOE Nonproliferation Offices and has also provided technical support to nonproliferation programs at DOE headquarters.

Susan Livenick, NTS Project Manager
Susan Livenick
August 2009 U.S. Department of Energy's Management Award

On August 12, Susan Livenick, a Project Manager at the Nevada Test Site received the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy's  Management Award at a special awards ceremony in Providence, R.I. The awards honor outstanding achievements in energy and water management. Susan oversaw Bldg. B3's abatement and renovation from 2005-2008, making B3 the first "green" building at the North Las Vegas Facility. The B3 project also completed the Nevada Site Office's beryllium cleanup project and accommodated employees from the Nevada Support Facility and Cheyenne facility to move into the new facility.

Ted Bowyer
Ted Bowyer

Ted Bowyer has been appointed a member of the National Academy of Sciences Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty panel.

Tom Sanders
Tom Sanders

Tom Sanders, president of the American Nuclear Society and manager of Global Nuclear Futures Program at Sandia National Laboratories, was recently appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC).

Antoinette Taylor
Toni Taylor
November 2009 Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow

Six Los Alamos scientists have been designated 2009 Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows in recognition of sustained, outstanding scientific contributions and exceptional promise for continued professional achievement. The title of Fellow is bestowed on only about 2 percent of the Laboratory's current technical staff. The new Fellows come from myriad scientific disciplines and have sustained high-level achievement important to the Laboratory, become recognized authorities in their fields, and made important discoveries used or cited by peers inside and outside the Laboratory.

Turab Lookman
Turab Lookman
2009 LANL Fellows Prize for Outstanding Research in Science or Engineering

Turab Lookman has received the 2009 LANL Fellows Prize for Outstanding Research in Science or Engineering, which commends individuals for exemplary research performed at the Laboratory within the past 10 years that has had a significant impact on a scientific discipline or program. The committee selected Lookman for "his wide ranging contributions to the understanding of intrinsic inhomogeneity in functional materials." Lookman's work has described for the first time the coupling of elasticity to material functionality such as magnetism and charge polarization.

William Goldstein
William Goldstein
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow

William Goldstein has been awarded the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Goldstein was elected for distinguished contributions to plasma modeling and diagnostics and for leadership in support of the Department of Energy national security programs.