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October 2012

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Brian Bielecki, Director & Facility Security Officer for Security & Emergency Management at Sandia National Laboratories (right), provided NNSA Associate Principal Deputy Administrator and Associate Administrator for Infrastructure and Operations Michael Lempke (left) and NNSA Sandia Field Office Manager Geoff Beausoleil a tour of the Emergency Operations Center during Lempke’s inaugural visit to the site last week. (Photo by Randy Montoya)

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Steve Castillo, manager of Sandia’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems Engineering & Decision Support group, has been named 2012 Engineer of the Year by the Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC).

He received HENAAC’s highest honor, which recognizes leadership and technical or scientific achievements.

Castillo received the Engineer of the Year award at the organization’s annual conference. HENAAC was established in 1989 to honor the contributions of outstanding Hispanic American science, engineering, technology and math professionals.

Read about the award.

Five Pantex volunteers recently partnered with Girl Scouts to put on a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) workshop for elementary-aged girls and assisted the Girl Scouts with their STEM-based activities.

Savannah Gates, a Pantex volunteer, said she jumped on the opportunity to volunteer with the Girl Scouts in hopes of being one of the rippling sources for the younger generation of girls.

"It felt so right being surrounded by the women working effortlessly to shape, guide and enable the next generation of young women into the strong female figures of tomorrow,” she said.

Kathi Schutz, Amarillo Area Director for the Girl Scouts, said she was grateful that the women engineers came on the day the Girl Scouts were focused on engineering.

"They made the activities for the girls special just with their insight and passion for their profession,"  said Schutz. "This group of women spent one afternoon with girls and just by being young professional role models, influenced so many girls in a profound way."

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Pantex engineers who partnered with Girl Scouts in Amarillo (left to right): Jessie Phifer, Savannah Gates, Ashley Taylor, Raquel Barrera, Brandy Ramirez

NNSA BlogY-12 has taken additional steps to reduce its energy costs by installing nearly 100,000 square feet of new heat reflective cool roofs at the Oak Ridge, Tenn. facility. The latest Y-12 cool roofs were added to Buildings 9204-2E and 9103. Fifteen percent of roofs at Y-12 are currently equipped with cool roof technology. This technology is expected to be applied to the majority of Y-12 roofs.  

“Replacing older, heat-absorbing roofs with the heat-reflective cool roofs is part of NNSA’s strategy to achieve energy and cost efficiencies,” said Dino Herrera, NNSA's Deputy Associate Deputy Administrator for Infrastructure and Construction. “We strive to lead the way as good stewards of the environment.”

The light-colored cool roofs reflect more heat than darker roofs emitting absorbed solar radiation back into the atmosphere. By doing so, the roof covering remains relatively cooler and less likely to transfer heat down through the other components of the roof system and into the building.NNSA Blog

The average energy savings for cool roofs range up to 15 percent of total cooling costs. Under the Facilities and Infrastructure Recapitalization Program Roof Asset Management Program, NNSA has installed nearly three million square feet of cool roofs at eight sites across the country and expects to save energy and related costs over the next several years.


About the photos:

(top right) Y-12 workers install a new “cool” roof on Building 9103 as part of NNSA’s Roof Asset Management Program.
(bottom left) A newly installed “cool” roof on Building 9204-2E.

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