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January 2014

Aaron Brundage of Sandia National Laboratories has been named a 2013 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Minority in Research Science Emerald Honoree in the category of Most Promising Scientist – Government.

The award is intended to provide guidance to young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

BEYA awards recognize the nation’s best and brightest engineers, scientists and technology experts. They are a program of the national Career Communications Group, an advocate for corporate diversity, and part of its STEM achievement program. Brundage will receive his award at the 28th BEYA conference Feb. 6 in Washington, D.C.

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About the photo:
Aaron Brundage of Sandia National Laboratories took to engineering at age 3 when his mom gave him a LEGO 566 kit for Christmas. (Photo by Randy Montoya)

Black Engineer of the Year honoree from Sandia inspires youth to excel in STEM

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry joined local dignitaries and other visitors at the Pantex Plant Thursday to make their mark on an important wind project at the Plant. The visitors joined NPO and B&W Pantex leaders, as well as representatives from project contractor Siemens Government Technologies Inc., in signing one of the massive wind turbine blades that will become part of the Pantex Renewable Energy Project (PREP). When it is complete this spring, PREP will be the largest federally owned wind farm in the U.S. and will provide more than 60 percent of the annual electricity needs for the Plant.

The ceremony provided stakeholders an opportunity to receive an update on the project, as well as get an up-close look at the wind turbines that make up the project. Each blade weights 11 tons and is 150 feet long. When completed, the towers will stand over 400 feet tall at the blade tips.

Elected officials visiting the Plant included Thornberry, Texas State Sen. Kel Seliger, Texas State Legislator Four Price, Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole and Carson County Judge Lewis Powers.

Pantex signing ceremony kicks off wind farm project

Pantex signing ceremony kicks off wind farm project

Pantex signing ceremony kicks off wind farm project

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) visited the National Security Campus on Tuesday for a tour of the new facility. As part of the tour, KCFO Site Manager Mark Holecek described the transformation to a smaller, more efficient facility that will ensure the longevity of NNSA’s mission while saving taxpayers more than $100 million annually. The move from the Bannister Federal Complex to the National Security Campus is expected to be completed ahead of schedule in July 2014. 

Sen. Blunt also got an inside look at the Fireset and Reservoir manufacturing areas and saw a demonstration of NSC’s 3D printing capabilities. Additive manufacturing and 3D printing have opened up a world of design options for innovative and timely solutions for the broader national security mission. While additive techniques can create traditional parts, they also allow greater flexibility to create parts that are hollow inside, have a complex geometry, or are even a part within a part.

About the photos:
U.S. Senator Blunt holds a metal 3D printed part as Interim Engineering Director David McMindes explains how the National Security Campus is printing parts in less time and for less money than traditional manufacturing.

Kansas City Field Office Site Manager Mark Holecek greets U.S. Senator Roy Blunt during his visit to the National Security Campus.

Senator Blunt visits National Security Campus

Senator Blunt visits National Security Campus

NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations participated in “DHS Day on the Hill,” sponsored by the House Committee on Homeland Security, last week at the Cannon House Office Building. 

The event was an opportunity for each respective Department of Homeland Security component to demonstrate and showcase to members of Congress their unique capabilities and projects which contribute to the broad mission of DHS.

As part of the event, NNSA helped showcase the RadResponder initiative, which is a FEMA-funded software initiative that provides state and local organizations the ability to report and manage environmental radiation monitoring data. During a large-scale radiological emergency, the state and local data will be available to the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC) and integrated into the data collected by the FRMAC, providing decision makers a robust set of data to use when taking action to protect the public.

About the photo:
Representing NNSA (from left to right) was Alan Remick and Dan Blumenthal. Also in photo are Bill Beal, from the Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) at Joint Base Andrews and Bob Allen and Chris Lee from Chainbridge Technologies.

NNSA takes part in ‘DHS Day on the Hill’