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June 2012

VFW Award

B&W Pantex has been named the 2012 Employer of the Year by the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars for its exemplary efforts to hire and support veterans. Pantex representatives were presented the award last Thursday at the VFW state convention in Addison.

Anthony Acklin, center, B&W Pantex Human Resources Generalist, holds the 2012 Employer of the Year Award with officials from the Texas chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Read more about the award here: http://bit.ly/MKWPlP

NNSA

Sequoia, a supercomputer built for NNSA, has been named the fastest in the world by Top500. Operating at 16.32 petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second), Sequoia helps monitor the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile by simulating weapons performance in high detail. Simulating weapons performances permits NNSA to ensure the safety, reliability and effectiveness of our nuclear weapons without the use of nuclear explosive testing. The IBM BlueGene/Q system is housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The semi-annual Top500 is an industry standard list that was released June 18 at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC12) in Hamburg, Germany. The last time a supercomputer from the United States placed number one on the list was November 2009.

Sandia hardware

Sandia recently upgraded the critical assembly (a small nuclear reactor) in Tech Area 5 to permit a new class of experiments as part of the development of a reactor experiments training course for NNSA. Hardware was designed and installed that allows experiments to safely approach critical conditions by varying the amount of water in the assembly. This provides the capability to simulate a critically accident caused by flooding, something that is at the heart of many safety analyses for the storage of nuclear material across the DOE enterprise.

About the photo:
The upgraded hardware (the large black cylinder to the right) that permits criticality experiments by varying the amount of water in the reactor is shown installed on the Sandia critical assembly in Tech Area 5.

Pantex volunteers

Pantex engineers Mitchell Jefferis, from left, and Halianne Crawford help camper Peter Keller with a project at the West Texas A&M University Summer Engineering Camp. Engineers from Pantex are volunteering this week to help out at the camp, which is in its fourth year and hosts students as young as 14 who are interested in engineering.

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