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LANL Year In Review For 2017

on December 28, 2017 - 10:11am

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

Los Alamos Daily Post

This has been an eventful year for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Particularly of note was the announcement in September that Director Charlie McMillan would retire Dec. 31.

Other highlights include:

Dr. Terry C. Wallace

Los Alamos National Security in early December appointed Terry Wallace to replace McMillan as LANL director and president of LANS, the company that manages and operates the Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration. Wallace, 61, told the Los Alamos Daily Post that as a native of Los Alamos there is no greater honor. Wallace becomes the 11th director in the Laboratory’s nearly 75-year history when he takes over the reins Jan. 1.

The University of California, University of Texas System and Texas A&M University System confirmed that they submitted bids to the National Nuclear Security Administration to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory beginning Oct. 1, 2018. A NNSA spokesman declined to release the names of other entities that submitted proposals.

Four Scientists Win Los Alamos Medal LANL named four former researchers to be honored with the Los Alamos Medal for their scientific contributions. Scott Cram, Larry Deaven, Robert Moyzis and Howard Menlove will receive the award, the highest honor bestowed by the Laboratory, at an award ceremony in early 2018.

DOE Investigates ‘Near Miss To A Fatality’ At LANL and DOE notified Director Charlie McMillan that its Office of Enforcement will investigate the facts and circumstances associated with an incident that occurred Sept. 13 at LANL. The incident, described as a “near miss to a fatality”, involved a Lab worker who entered a room containing an oxygen deficient atmosphere. LANS reported this event Sept. 18 to DOE.

In a record-setting 2018 Employee Giving Campaign, LANL workers raised $3 million to benefit mostly New Mexico nonprofit organizations. In the 2018 Los Alamos Giving Campaign, 1,716 Laboratory employees—more than ever before—have pledged more money than ever before; $2.6 million of this year’s contributions will stay in New Mexico and benefit organizations that improve the quality of life in the state. The remaining amount will go to out-of-state nonprofits selected by employees. Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the company that manages and operates the Laboratory, has committed to matching a portion of employee giving.

Eight LANL Technologies Win R&D 100 Awards “The R&D 100 Awards represent the breadth, depth and innovation of the science and engineering at our Laboratory. They also reflect our partnerships with other government laboratories, universities, and private industry,” LANL Director Charlie McMillan said. “These innovations continue the Laboratory’s tradition of scientific excellence in support of our national security mission, and to the broader scientific community. I [CCP1] congratulate the teams on their outstanding achievements.”

Los Alamos Winners:

  • Clean-Energy Catalysts Without Precious Metals: Making next-generation fuel cells cost effective
  • Discrete Fracture Network Modeling Suite (dfnWorks): Transforming simulations of flow and transport through fractured rock
  • EDGE Bioinformatics: Making genomics accessible to everyone
  • High-Temperature Electric Submersible Pump Motor (HT-ESP): Keeping pump motors cool in deeper, extremely hot environments
  • National Risk Assessment Partnership Toolset (NRAP): A set of computational tools to inform decision making for geological carbon storage sites amidst uncertainty
  • SHIELDS Space Weather Platform: Predicting hazards that result from solar storms
  • WikiEpiCast: Using Wikipedia to perform real-time disease monitoring and forecasting
  • Zirconia Electrochemical Hydrogen Safety Sensor: Ready to protect the new-energy economy

DOE Awards New Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract to Newport News Nuclear BWXT–Los Alamos, LLC. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced in December the award of the new Los Alamos National Laboratory legacy cleanup contract to Newport News Nuclear BWXT–Los Alamos, LLC, out of Broomfield, Colo. The total value of the contract is $1,390,086,635. The period of performance includes a 90-day Contract Transition Period, Base Period of five years, Option Period 1 for three years, Option Period 2 for two years, with a total period of performance of up to ten years and three months. The contract primarily includes a cost-plus-award-fee line item with a cost-reimbursement line item for transition and an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity line item.

LANL Trinity Supercomputer Lands On Two Top-10 Lists The Trinity Supercomputer at Lthe Lab this year was named as a top 10 supercomputer on two lists: it made number three on the High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) Benchmark project, and is number seven on the TOP500 list.

Los Alamos Security Professional Earns DOE’s Highest Security Award Los Alamos resident Adolfo Meana Jr., a security specialist at the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office won the U.S. Department of Energy’s highest award for a security professional. This is the first year of the DOE Outstanding Security Award. In May, Meana received the Bradley A. Peterson Federal Security Professional of the Year award.

Seven LANL Scientists Honored As APS Fellows including Christopher J. Fontes, Han Htoon, Toshihiko Kawano, John W. Lewellen, Laura Beth Smilowitz, Stuart A. Trugman and Vivien Zapf. The Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS), is a significant honor for the Laboratory and its people.