Five Pantex volunteers recently partnered with Girl Scouts to put on a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) workshop for elementary-aged girls and assisted the Girl Scouts with their STEM-based activities.
Savannah Gates, a Pantex volunteer, said she jumped on the opportunity to volunteer with the Girl Scouts in hopes of being one of the rippling sources for the younger generation of girls.
"It felt so right being surrounded by the women working effortlessly to shape, guide and enable the next generation of young women into the strong female figures of tomorrow,” she said.
Kathi Schutz, Amarillo Area Director for the Girl Scouts, said she was grateful that the women engineers came on the day the Girl Scouts were focused on engineering.
"They made the activities for the girls special just with their insight and passion for their profession," said Schutz. "This group of women spent one afternoon with girls and just by being young professional role models, influenced so many girls in a profound way."
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Pantex engineers who partnered with Girl Scouts in Amarillo (left to right): Jessie Phifer, Savannah Gates, Ashley Taylor, Raquel Barrera, Brandy Ramirez
Y-12 has taken additional steps to reduce its energy costs by installing nearly 100,000 square feet of new heat reflective cool roofs at the Oak Ridge, Tenn. facility. The latest Y-12 cool roofs were added to Buildings 9204-2E and 9103. Fifteen percent of roofs at Y-12 are currently equipped with cool roof technology. This technology is expected to be applied to the majority of Y-12 roofs.
“Replacing older, heat-absorbing roofs with the heat-reflective cool roofs is part of NNSA’s strategy to achieve energy and cost efficiencies,” said Dino Herrera, NNSA's Deputy Associate Deputy Administrator for Infrastructure and Construction. “We strive to lead the way as good stewards of the environment.”
The light-colored cool roofs reflect more heat than darker roofs emitting absorbed solar radiation back into the atmosphere. By doing so, the roof covering remains relatively cooler and less likely to transfer heat down through the other components of the roof system and into the building.
The average energy savings for cool roofs range up to 15 percent of total cooling costs. Under the Facilities and Infrastructure Recapitalization Program Roof Asset Management Program, NNSA has installed nearly three million square feet of cool roofs at eight sites across the country and expects to save energy and related costs over the next several years.
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(top right) Y-12 workers install a new “cool” roof on Building 9103 as part of NNSA’s Roof Asset Management Program.
(bottom left) A newly installed “cool” roof on Building 9204-2E.
Various activities were held Friday at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as part of its 60th anniversary celebration.
At each activity, LLNL Director Parney Albright praised the lab’s workforce, as he talked about the lab's history, accomplishments and the future.
“There are two common elements: an absolutely outstanding and dedicated workforce, and our ability to take that workforce and leverage cutting-edge, state-of-the-art science in the service of the nation,” Albright said. “Our country is absolutely better off, safer and more secure because of the work that this laboratory has done over the last 60 years.”
Albright said, “We are really celebrating is not just the past 60 years, but the future of this Laboratory."
Science & Technology Day highlighted LLNL's record of innovation with featured speakers and panel discussions and a special awards ceremony. Albright gave out the Director's Awards to four team efforts as part of the Science & Technology Day activities. In addition, 15 former LLNL scientists and engineers were inducted into the Livermore's new Entrepreneurs' Hall of Fame.
NNSA's Sequoia supercomputer housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has received a 2012 Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine. Sequoia, an IBM BlueGene/Q machine, is ranked No. 1 on the industry-standard TOP500 list of the world's fastest high performance computing systems.
The annual Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards recognize the 10 top "world-changing" innovations each year in fields ranging from computing and engineering to medicine, space exploration and automotive design.
Breakthrough Awards are given in two categories: innovators, whose inventions will make the world smarter, safer and more efficient in the years to come, and products, which are setting benchmarks in design and engineering today.
Read about the award.
Y-12 was recently recognized by DOE for innovation and excellence in sustainability, pollution prevention and environmental sustainability stewardship efforts.
Y-12 received two Sustainability Awards at a ceremony during the 2012 GreenGov Symposium in Washington, D.C. An independent panel chose Y-12 from approximately 137 nominations for two of this year’s 20 awards.
Y-12’s awards were Reaching Beyond - Y-12 Sustainability Outreach, which included collaborative outreach activities within the Y-12 Complex, in the local community and at the national level, and Y-12 Targeted Excess Materials Program Pursues Sustainable Disposition Paths, which addresses hard-to-disposition excess legacy materials, critical and strategic materials and equipment.
Read more about Y-12’s awards.
Fifteen teams at Y-12 recently received NNSA’s Defense Programs Awards of Excellence. Joe Oder, director of the NNSA’s Office of Nuclear Weapon Stockpile, and Mark Padilla, the NNSA Production Office’s assistant manager for programs and projects, joined Y-12 managers in presenting the awards.
A total of 275 recipients were recognized. Several participated on more than one team bringing the total to 382 awards.
To honor the achievements of Hispanics in America, President Obama annually proclaims September 15 through October 15 as "National Hispanic Heritage Month." On Oct. 4 a Hispanic Heritage Month Diversity Awareness Event was held on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., to celebrate the Hispanic heritage and reflect on the invaluable contributions Hispanics have made to America. The event was jointly sponsored by the NNSA Albuquerque Complex, NNSA Sandia Site Office, Sandia National Laboratories, Kirtland Air Force Base. This year’s event included a student art contest, cultural foods competition and local entertainment.
For the third year, Pantex has been honored by the Department of Energy Voluntary Protection Program (DOE VPP) for its exemplary safety record.
Pantex received the VPP Star of Excellence for its safety performance during 2011. Pantex was singled out as one of the top performers in safety within the DOE.
A team of Pantex employees began the push for VPP recognition in 2008. forming a committee to develop the application, which was submitted in October 2009. Pantex earned DOE VPP Star Status in March 2010. The safety performance at Pantex led to the Superior Star Award in 2011 and the Star of Excellence Award this month.
Read about the VPP award.
The new Bradley A. Peterson Live Fire Shoothouse was recently dedicated at the National Training Center in Albuquerque, N.M. The brand new, state-of-the-art facility will host DOE security personnel from throughout the country where they may practice tactical maneuvers in a realistic building environment. The new facility is a key component in DOE's commitment to enhancing the capabilities of DOE protective forces.
The shoothouse was dedicated in memory of Bradley A. Peterson (1958-2012) who served in several senior security positions within DOE for 20 years, including as Director, Office of Independent Oversight, Office of Health, Safety and Security, NNSA Chief, Defense Nuclear Security, and Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security and Deputy to the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Secure Transportation. Before joining NNSA, Peterson had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy.
The road to the Pantex Plant just got a little longer but a whole lot safer for contractors and delivery drivers.
Pantex officials Tuesday dedicated a new stretch of paved road that will help alleviate a large, dangerous traffic problem caused by an influx of vehicles traveling to the new High Explosives Pressing Facility (HEPF) construction site.
“It quickly became clear that with the extra traffic from the HEPF, we had a serious problem with traffic,” said Dennis Huddleston, Projects Division manager. “Getting all of those additional vehicles on site created a potential issue with safety and security.”
Until Tuesday, contractors and delivery drivers needing access into the Property Protection Area at Pantex drove down a short driveway near the Shipping and Receiving Facility to a security gate, where they were inspected and allowed on site.
The old approach was already at capacity, with 80-100 vehicles a day going through the contractor gate. Adding up to 200 more vehicles per day headed to the HEPF site made the situation untenable and caused traffic to back up onto public roads, further jeopardizing safety. The heavy traffic also impeded access to the Shipping and Receiving Facility.
Given the critical importance of completing the HEPF in a safe and timely manner without impacting other contractors trying to access the site, a change was in order. Huddleston said plans were quickly worked out to create a new paved road that curves for about half a mile north of the shipping and receiving facility. The 30-feet-wide roadway has lights for night approach and ends at a three-gate security station where vehicles can be inspected much more efficiently.
“We commend Pantex and the crews that worked so hard to complete this project,” said Johnnie Guelker, deputy assistant manager for Programs and Projects. “The HEPF is critical to the mission of Pantex and the entire nuclear weapons complex. This project is an important step in the completion of that facility.”