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February 2012

Geoff BeausoleilGeoff Beausoleil has been named as the manager of the Sandia Site Office (SSO) effective April 8. He succeeds Patty Wagner who retired on Feb. 3, 2012.

Beausoleil has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry with DOE and Newport News Shipbuilding. His most recent assignment has been deputy manager for the Pantex Site Office, to which he was appointed in November 2008, with responsibilities for the day-to-day administration of the Site Office and oversight of Plant operations.

Prior to his Pantex assignment, Beausoleil served as the assistant manager, Office of Operational Support at the DOE Idaho Operations Office (DOE-ID), and as the DOE-ID integrated safety management champion. In that position, Beausoleil was responsible for all of the Idaho National Laboratory site environment, quality, safety, health, worker protection, safeguards/security, emergency management and information technology programs.

Other positions held by Beausoleil at DOE-ID included director of the Quality and Safety Division and the facility director for the Radioactive Waste Management Complex and the Waste Reduction Operations Complex, where he was responsible for all transuranic, low-level, hazardous, and mixed-waste operations. Prior to arriving at DOE, he held various engineering positions at Newport News Shipbuilding, finishing his career there as the chief refueling engineer for the USS Enterprise.

Rich Sena has been serving as the acting manager of the SSO since Wagner’s retirement. Sena is currently the deputy manager.

The most recent NNSA quarterly summary of experiments conducted as part of its science-based stockpile stewardship program is now available here.

The quarterly summary for the 1st quarter of FY2012 prepared by NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs provides descriptions of key NNSA facilities that conduct stockpile stewardship experiments. These include some of the most sophisticated scientific research facilities in the world including, the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories. The summary also provides the number of experiments performed at each facility during each quarter of the fiscal year.

The U.S. Stockpile Stewardship Program is a robust program of scientific inquiry used to sustain and assess the nuclear weapons stockpile without the use of underground nuclear tests. The experiments carried out within the program are used in combination with complex computational models and NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program to assess the safety, security and effectiveness of the stockpile. An extraordinary set of science, technology and engineering (ST&E) facilities have been established in support of the stockpile stewardship program.

More than 300 students recently converged in Kansas City for the annual Science Bowl Regional Competition.

Blue Valley West High School won the Kansas division and The Barstow Academy won the Missouri division. Both teams will advance to Washington, D.C. to compete against 65 other regional winners at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl® from April 26 – 30.

Support for the Science Knowledge Bowl is an important piece of NNSA’s efforts to promote science, math, and technology education in order to keep America technologically competitive and to stoke the pipeline with future employees.


Missouri winner: Barstow Academy, Kansas City, Mo.


Kansas winner: Blue Valley West High School; Overland Park, Kan. 

Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman recently visited the site of NNSA's new National Security Campus at Botts Rd. and 150 Hwy in Kansas City, Mo. Poneman met with GSA Regional Administrator Jason Klumb, NNSA KCSO Manager Mark Holecek, and Honeywell FM&T President Chris Gentile.

On Jan. 23, 2013, the NNSA's Kansas City Plant will begin the carefully orchestrated move from the Bannister Federal Complex to the new site. The relocation, one of the largest and most complex moves in the nation, will involve approximately 2,800 pieces of large equipment and more than 40,000 moving crates filling more than 2,600 semi-truckloads. The move will take place over a 19-month period and will allow for dual operations at both facilities to ensure continued delivery of product in support of national security.