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February 2014

Sandia National Laboratories researchers Matthew Brake, Adrian Chavez, Seth Root and Daniel Stick have been named by President Barack Obama as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is the highest honor the U.S. government gives outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their careers.

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Sandia researchers, left to right, Adrian Chavez, Matthew Brake, Seth Root and Daniel Stick will be recognized in a ceremony later this year as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering. (Photo by Randy Montoya)

White House Honors Four Early-Career Sandia Researchers

This week marks the fifth anniversary of NNSA’s Alarm Response Training (ART) program for local law enforcement and other critical first responders around the country. In the five years of providing this course, NNSA has trained more than 3,000 on-site radiation safety and security personnel, local law enforcement officers, and other first responders on how to respond to a security incident involving nuclear or radiological materials.

Fifth Anniversary of Radiological Alarm Response Training

The three-day course is held at NNSA’s Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. While at Y-12, participants develop and discuss their own tactics, techniques, procedures, and protocols for responding to a theft or sabotage event involving radioactive materials. After two days of classroom instruction, Y-12 experts facilitate live-action scenarios in which participants get to test their knowledge and exercise their revised response plans.

The ART program is a key component of NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI), which works domestically with volunteer sites like hospitals, universities, and industry as well as state and local governments to install sustainable security enhancements for high-priority nuclear and radiological materials.

Fifth Anniversary of Radiological Alarm Response Training

GTRI achieves permanent threat reduction by converting research reactors and isotope production facilities from highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium, removing and disposing of excess nuclear and radiological materials, and protecting high priority nuclear and radiological materials from theft and sabotage.

For a fact sheet on NNSA’s GTRI program, click here.

The Future City New Mexico Competition, a unique opportunity for middle school children to use their skills in engineering, planning, writing and art to create a vision for the future, was recently held. Learning about how town infrastructures are built and how resources are shared is essential for ensuring sustainable growth for our communities. More than 70 students from 22 New Mexico schools participated in this event. The winning team was Xenex City from Albuquerque Academy. The program is sponsored in part by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Nuclear Science & History Museum.

New Mexico competition helps students learn about infrastructure of towns

Companies from around the Central Savannah River Area had the opportunity to learn from the Savannah  River Site’s continuous improvement success stories when SRS management and operations contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions hosted the regional Lean Alliance event. The Lean Alliance is a membership-based group of area companies that share best practices in continuous improvement.

One of the success stories presented was an initiative by the Savannah River Tritium Enterprise to right-size and organize its chemical inventory – an effort that reduced the number of chemicals by 95%, which in turn significantly reduced the amount of time involved in the annual chemical inventory for a cost savings of $18,282. Other presentations covered SRNS’ award-winning employee suggestion program, called IDEAS, and several other continuous improvement initiatives.

Savannah River Site hosts regional Lean Alliance event