When Robin Stubenhofer, vice president of engineering at the National Security Campus, heard that women account for only ten percent of the engineering workforce in America, she made a personal commitment to inspire young women to pursue technical careers. Throughout her 30-year career, she has devoted time to mentoring and developing talent for leadership and technical advancements to integrate evolving technologies into the business.

Kansas City’s Central Exchange recently honored Stubenhofer’s significant contributions to the STEM community by awarding the “Groundbreaker Award” at the inaugural Stemmy Gala and Awards celebration. The event puts a well-deserved spotlight on the accomplishments of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math careers across the greater Kansas City area. Formed in 1979, Central Exchange fosters community service and business leadership in women.

At the National Security Campus, Stubenhofer leads an organization with nearly 1,000 engineers and technical employees charged with delivering mission-critical mechanical, electrical and engineered material components and integrating evolving technologies, such as 3D printing, to improve the safety and security of our nation’s defense programs.

Stubenhofer was recently awarded the 2014 Women Who Mean Business Award in Kansas City and is a strong community supporter of FIRST Robotics, Science Pioneers and KC STEM Alliance. She works with a collaborative network of educators, business affiliates and organizations that inspires interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers to generate a robust force of related professionals for our community.

Oct 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm

We’re off to a great start! The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kicked off last Tuesday with the theme, “Universal Giving.”

Every day, men and women in the DC area and from throughout the nation are in need of charitable assistance to help meet basic needs. The CFC is a unique opportunity for all employees across the enterprise to help better the lives of those in need.

Last year, more than $204,661.31 was raised by NNSA employees in voluntary contributions. This year, with 24 pledges to date, NNSA’s goal is to exceed the target of $174,078.61 before the end of the campaign. With more than 4,400 charities to choose from, each of you can find and support causes that matters the most to you. Thus, everyone is encouraged to “Be a Superhero,” by donating and actively participating in the various fundraising events that will be held throughout the course of the campaign period. In doing so, you help in meeting DOE’s target goal of $1.1 million.


About the photo:
Gen. Frank Klotz, DOE Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator, and Mark Roman, NNSA CFC coordinator, talk about NNSA’s goal for this year’s campaign.

Oct 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm

NNSA BlogCraig Wiener, principal consultant for Strategic Planning and Analysis at NNSA, has received the 2014 Sidney Drell Academic Award given by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.

He is recognized for his “significant contributions to the Intelligence Community as a scholar and practitioner that have helped strengthen the IC workforce while demonstrating a great breadth of technical and scholastic acumen.”

Wiener is a doctoral candidate in Biodefense & International Security at George Mason University's Graduate School of Policy, Government and International Affairs. He also serves as a graduate teaching assistant for security and intelligence.

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Oct 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Laboratory directors from Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories recently visited the Y-12 National Security Complex. The group toured facilities at the site, including production buildings and Y-12’s Nuclear Detection and Sensor Testing Center. Pictured here are (from left) Assembly/Disassembly Operations Manager Reed Mullins, Y-12 Site Manager Bill Tindal, LLNL Director William Goldstein, LANL Director Charles McMillan, Sanda Director Paul Hommert and NNSA Production Office Manager Steve Erhart.

Y-12 hosts visit from directors of weapons labs

Oct 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Knowing how to enter a burning building filled with smoke while battling a blaze requires continuous training to keep people safe. Pantex Fire Department’s recent training helped personnel stay familiar with their equipment and prepared for emergency situations they may not often see.

Bill Ho-Gland, Pantex Assistant Fire Chief, says the training helps support the site and the surrounding communities that may need Pantex assistance during an emergency. Pantex maintains Memorandums of Understanding with the counties surrounding the Pantex site and renders aid when requested.

Members of the Pantex Fire Department maintain certifications so they are ready to respond to any emergency that arises. This year’s training scenario involved an interior structure fire. The team had to bring the fire under control using effective water application practices, firefighting posture and attack techniques.

The Pantex Fire Department is certified through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) and regularly trains to ensure it meets or exceeds TCFP continuing education requirements. During recent emergency training, members of the department refreshed their training in the use of self-contained breathing apparatus and other personal protective equipment. 

Pantex Fire Department trains to ensure readiness, personnel safety

Oct 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm

NNSA names Nicole Nelson-Jean as Livermore Field Office managerNicole Nelson-Jean has been named as manager of NNSA’s Livermore Field Office, where she is responsible for providing oversight of the national security missions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Nelson-Jean has more than 23 years of relevant experience in the areas of environmental management, infrastructure, nuclear safety, nuclear security, nuclear energy, nonproliferation, business and contract management. She has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Los Alamos Field Office, and the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at NNSA Headquarters, and has served in several positions abroad, including Vienna and Tokyo.

Nelson-Jean has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in strategic security studies, and has completed the Leadership for a Democratic Society Program at the Federal Executive Institute.

LLNL employs 6,300 people and has an annual budget of approximately $1.6 billion and government-owned assets of more than $10 billion. 

Oct 9, 2014 at 11:00 am

Thirteen teams at Y-12 received NNSA Defense Programs Awards of Excellence at an annual ceremony held recently at the New Hope Center. A total of 209 recipients were recognized, with several participating on more than one team. In total, 235 awards were presented for significant achievements in 2013.

NNSA’s newly appointed Uranium Program Manager Tim Driscoll gave the keynote address. “I’m here today as a patriot, a citizen, a father, a friend to some of you, and as a customer,” Driscoll said. ”These awards are a testament to the good work that goes on here every day at every level. They’re a testament to the loyalty and dedication of all those involved.”

Mark Padilla, NNSA Production Office’s assistant manager for programs and projects, and Jim Haynes, CNS president and chief executive officer, joined Driscoll in presenting the awards. ”The hard work that happens here is what makes the Nuclear Security Enterprise what it is,” Padilla told the crowd.

Haynes said that often Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes garner praise but that Y-12 workers are just as deserving of being in the spotlight. “You are the real heroes. You are creators of solutions. You do the yeoman’s work for our nuclear security,” he said. “How refreshing it is for you to be recognized instead of those who walk the red carpet. You do the critical front-line work for our nation.”

Established by NNSA in 1982, the Defense Programs Awards of Excellence recognize significant individual and team accomplishments across the nuclear weapons complex in support of NNSA’s nuclear weapons program. The awards are given annually to recognize significant achievements in quality, productivity, cost savings, safety or creativity in support of NNSA’s nuclear weapons program.

Y-12 employees receive awards recognizing excellence in nuclear weapons programDefense Programs 2013 Award of Excellence recipient Penny Cunningham receives congratulations from Jim Haynes (far left), CNS president and chief executive officer, Tim Driscoll, NNSA uranium program manager, and Mark Padilla, NNSA Production Office’s assistant manager for programs and projects. Thirteen teams at Y-12 received DP Awards of Excellence for 2013 at an annual ceremony held recently at the New Hope Center.

Y-12 employees receive awards recognizing excellence in nuclear weapons programDefense Programs 2013 Award of Excellence recipient Justin King receives congratulations from Tim Driscoll, NNSA uranium program manager (far left), CNS president and chief executive officer Jim Haynes, and Mark Padilla, NNSA Production Office’s assistant manager for programs and projects. Thirteen teams at Y-12 received DP Awards of Excellence for 2013 at an annual ceremony held recently at the New Hope Center.

Oct 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Pantex and Y-12 employees have been taking advantage of free flu vaccine shots offered at each site in preparation for the upcoming winter months. The practice, which has been an ongoing service for decades at each site, is also good for the community because fewer residents are susceptible to the bug, which means they aren’t spreading it to coworkers, friends or family members.

Pantex, Y-12 prepare for flu seasonPantex nurse practitioner Tiffany Shadle administers a flu shot during the opening day of the annual Flu Clinic.

Pantex, Y-12 prepare for flu seasonNurse Melissa Davis gives the flu vaccine to one of the more than 2,300 employees who took advantage of Y-12's “Flulapalooza.” 

Oct 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories this week hosted two U.S. senators as part of a Congressional delegation visit. Senators Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Angus King, I-Maine, toured and learned about the work done at the two labs that help achieve NNSA’s nuclear security mission.

NNSA BlogAs part of the visit to Sandia, the Congressional delegation received a tour of Sandia’s MESA facilities. From left to right: Geoffrey Beausoleil, Manager, Sandia Field Office; Dr. Jerry McDowell, Sandia Deputy Labs Director & Executive Vice President for National Security Programs; Gen. Frank Klotz, DOE Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator; Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; Dr. Paul Hommert, Sandia President and Laboratories Director; and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine.

NNSA BlogMembers of the Congressional delegation get a historical briefing on a flag that was given to LANL after World War II. From left to right: Gen. Frank Klotz, DOE Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Sen. Angus King, I-Maine; Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; and Charlie McMillan, LANL Director.

Oct 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

As we focus on our day-to-day work, it’s sometimes easy to miss the many accomplishments that contribute to NNSA’s important and enduring mission. Here are a few news items from around our organization that demonstrate mission success, as well as our commitment to effective management and efficient operations:

We recently achieved several milestones within the Stockpile Stewardship Program that ensures our Nation’s nuclear warheads are safe, secure, and effective. This week, we reached the halfway point for production of the W76-1 warhead. This is a remarkable achievement for Defense Programs and our lab and production plant teams who have guided this Life Extension Program from being a design to a certified product for delivery to our Navy partners.

We have also completed tests for other weapons systems that have all been resounding successes. These include joint flight tests for the W78 and W80-1 systems; a flight test measuring performance of the W88 ALT 370 new radar system; and for the B61-12, a successful wind tunnel test and fit checks on various aircraft including the F-15, the F-16, and soon the B-2.

Additionally, we have been working at an impressive pace to use our unique facilities to their fullest potential in support of stockpile stewardship without nuclear testing. Our efforts continue to deliver high quality data for the advanced assessment and certification of the Nation’s stockpile. The National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has completed nine target shots per week for the past two weeks, all yielding valuable data to provide insights into how our weapons work. The Z Machine at Sandia National Laboratories and JASPER at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), have both executed numerous experiments for the validation of advanced computational models.

We also continue to advance our critical nuclear nonproliferation mission. Last week, Secretary Moniz led the U.S. delegation to the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the annual policymaking meeting of all 162 IAEA Member States. The General Conference passed resolutions establishing policies on nuclear security, strengthening the effectiveness and improving the efficiency of safeguards, and nuclear safety. The language in these resolutions affirmed the close alignment of NNSA's nuclear nonproliferation mission with issues of central importance to the international community.

These accomplishments represent only a small sample of the awesome work being done within our organization. It may seem routine to many; however, it is worthy of kudos and recognition.

Frank Klotz

“Mission First, People Always”

Oct 2, 2014 at 9:00 am