NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application Brig. Gen. James C. Dawkins visited Sandia National Laboratories yesterday. During his visit he toured the Z Pulsed Power Facility, also known as the Z machine, which is part of the pulsed power sciences program at Sandia. Pulsed power is a technology that concentrates electrical energy and turns it into short pulses of enormous power, which are then used to generate X-rays. The Z machine is a major tool in the development of Sandia’s weapons effects, weapons physics, and fusion technologies, all of which make invaluable contributions to science, national security and fusion energy research.
About the photo (L-R):
Heather Trumble, Defense Programs Liaison, Sandia Field Office; Brig. Gen. James C. Dawkins, NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application; Keith Matzen, Director, Pulsed Power Sciences Center, Sandia; and Mark Herrmann, Senior Manager, High Energy Density Science, Sandia.
NNSA Acting Administrator Neile Miller, Associate Deputy Administrator for Fissile Materials Disposition Peter Hanlon and Senior Advisor for Environmental Management Dave Huizenga today hosted the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) leadership group for a meeting. The CSRA is comprised of the business, civic, and elected leaders representing the South Carolina and Georgia communities surrounding the Savannah River Site (SRS).
Acting Administrator Miller provided insight into NNSA’s and EM’s fiscal year 2014 budget formulation process and explained how national security and environmental management priorities were examined across the Department. She reaffirmed the NNSA’s commitment to the missions of surplus plutonium disposition and environmental management and to upholding its commitments to its international and intergovernmental partners.
A recent event gave Savannah River Site (SRS) employees whose work supports NNSA Defense Programs the opportunity to increase their knowledge of computer security, counterintelligence, and a range of other security and emergency preparedness topics.
As part of the Savannah River Tritium Enterprise “Focus on Security” Roadshow, exhibitors were on hand to help employees learn who to contact for document reviews, how to spot the signs of espionage, where to get CPR training, and more. Among the day’s activities were a demonstration by SRS security contractor of their canine team’s training and performance, as well as an opportunity for employees to experience wearing the SRS Fire Department’s fire-fighting gear.
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) visited Sandia National Laboratories last Friday for tours and briefings. This was the Congresswoman’s first visit to Sandia. Congresswoman Lujan Grisham was accompanied by her Deputy Chief of Staff Deborah Armstrong and her Deputy District Director Gilbert Gallegos. While at Sandia, Congresswoman Lujan Grisham participated in a tour of Sandia’s Integrated Technologies and Systems exhibit that includes displays and demonstrations of technologies related to homeland security, homeland defense, and nonproliferation and assessment.
About the photo: From left to right, Jerry McDowell, Deputy Laboratories Director & Executive Vice President for National Security Programs, Sandia National Laboratories; Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham; Paul Hommert, President and Laboratories Director, Sandia National Laboratories; Kim Sawyer, Deputy Laboratories Director & Executive Vice President for Mission Support, Sandia National Laboratories; Geoff Beausoleil, Sandia Field Office Manager and Los Alamos Field Office Acting Manager.
In an effort to create new opportunities and to save money, the Pantex Plastics Shop has began formulating a new method of mixing polyurethane to make molded parts for explosives, coatings, seals, cushions, tool covers and more.
As part of this project, Pantex has teamed up with West Texas A&M University to give students the opportunity to be engaged in this research.
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Pantex chemist Stephanie Steelman, right, and West Texas A&M University student Devin Cook work on a new dynamic adiprene mixing machine.
Cary Bronson, from Los Alamos Field Office, and Michael Kaufman from Los Alamos National Laboratory were honored Monday for receiving the 2012 Bradley A. Peterson Federal and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Awards. Bronson received the federal award and Kaufman received the contractor award.
The awards recognize employees whose contributions to security programs within the NNSA enterprise exemplify the excellence and commitment for which NNSA is known.
Bronson was recognized for his proactive approach to contractor oversight in security resulting in significant achievements. Kaufman was recognized for his active engagement and leadership in security which has greatly facilitated operations at LANL.
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Steve Asher, center, NNSA Acting Chief and Associate Administrator for the Office of Defense Nuclear Security, presents Cary Bronson, left, and Michael Kaufman with the 2012 Bradley A. Peterson Federal and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Awards.
Andrew Whitaker from Dumas Junior High School in Dumas, Texas, lines up the team's race car during the Electric Car Competition at the 2013 National Science Bowl near Washington, D.C. last Sunday.
The Dumas team, which won the regional competition sponsored by NNSA's Pantex Plant to advance to nationals, won fourth place in the competition.
Photo by Jack Dempsey, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science
Computer scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have set a high performance computing speed record that opens the way to the scientific exploration of complex planetary-scale systems.
In a paper to be published in May, the joint team will announce a record-breaking simulation speed of 504 billion events per second on LLNL’s Sequoia Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, dwarfing the previous record set in 2009 of 12.2 billion events per second.
Sequoia has a peak performance of 25 petaflops and is the second fastest supercomputer in the world, with a total speed and capacity equivalent to about one million desktop PCs. A petaflop is a quadrillion floating point operations per second.
Dozens of Savannah River Site employees recently spent time off volunteering at 16 area United Way agencies as participants in this year’s Projects SERVE, CARE and VISION - part of the “Days of Caring” United Way program at SRS.
Each year a large number of employees commit their day off to projects that will improve the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged children, low-income senior citizens, disabled community members and others. Team projects typically include clearing debris, painting, repairing flooring, putting up drywall, building wheelchair ramps, installing smoke detectors, fixing faulty plumbing and yard work.
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Cynthia Williams of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Nuclear Nonproliferation Programs volunteers at the Salvation Army as part of Project SERVE.
Michelle Racicot, a contract family nurse practitioner at Sandia National Laboratories, was one of 14 women recognized by first lady Michelle Obama at the White House as Champions of Change. The event during Women’s History Month honored women veterans who have made a major impact on the nation’s communities, businesses and schools. Hundreds were nominated for the award.