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November 2012

Three distinguished members of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientific staff are being honored with appointments as Laboratory Fellows for 2012. They are Charles Farrar, Steven Elliott and Mikhail Shashkov.

LANL Fellows are selected for sustained, high-level achievements in programs of importance to LANL and for making a fundamental or important discovery that has led to widespread use. In addition, a Fellow must be a recognized authority in the field, indicated by outside recognition and an outstanding record of publications.

Read more about the new LANL Fellows.

Charles Farrar, LANL FellowMikhail Shashkov, LANL FellowSteven Elliott, LANL Fellow

From left to right, Charles Farrar, Mikhail Shashkov and Steven Elliott.

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B&W Pantex was recently honored for its charitable giving during National Philanthropy Day ceremonies in Amarillo, Tex.

John Woolery, B&W Pantex General Manager, accepted the Outstanding Business/Corporation Award on behalf of Pantex from the Texas Plains Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The award pointed out the generous support of Pantexans for the Coffee Memorial Blood Center, which held a total of 24 blood drives at the plant and collected more than 750 units of blood last year. Pantex was also praised for support of the United Way of Amarillo and Canyon, High Plains Food Bank, Family Support Services, the Discovery Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters and several other agencies.

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B&W Pantex General Manager John Woolery receives the Outstanding Business/Corporation Award on behalf of Pantex.

B&W Pantex was honored last week with a pair of awards for its exemplary safety record.

The President’s Award for Best Performing Business Unit and the Target Zero Award were presented on behalf of Babcock and Wilcox Technical Services Group (B&W TSG) President George Dudich. “I am happy to honor the thousands of men and women who do the critical work at Pantex with such a high commitment to safety,” Dudich said.

The President’s Award is presented to the large site that demonstrates “Best in Class” safety performance, while the Target Zero Award goes to sites that complete the year without a lost time injury.

“The key to the outstanding safety performance at Pantex is employee involvement. Pantex employees lead numerous safety committees and initiatives,” said B&W Pantex General Manager John Woolery.

During 2012, Pantexans worked more than seven million man hours without a lost time injury and continue to lead the nuclear security enterprise in several measures of safety.

Earlier this year, Pantex was also honored with the Department of Energy’s Voluntary Protection Program’s Star of Excellence.

Ray Rempe, KCP employee for 55 yearsIn the summer of 1957, a postage stamp cost three cents, Russia launched the first earth-orbiting satellite, Leave it to Beaver premiered on CBS, and Ray Rempe embarked on his career as a draftsman at the Kansas City Plant. Now, 55 years later, Ray is still serving the same customer as a Senior CAD Designer to help support national security for NNSA.

A lot of things have changed in technology and in Kansas City since Rempe joined the company.

Rempe says he’s enjoyed designing circuits when it was done on the board. “We drew designs on paper or Mylar,” he said. “That changed dramatically in 1975 when we went to computers. Now we draw circuits using a CAD system, and I like that even more. Circuit boards are now much smaller and more intricate and sophisticated."

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