Twelve Los Alamos National Laboratory Teams Recognized For Exceptional Accomplishments


Twelve teams at Los Alamos National Laboratory are recipients of the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Safety, Infrastructure and Operations’ 2020 Excellence Awards, which recognizes exceptional accomplishments made in support of efforts to achieve NNSA’s mission.

“The Laboratory is proud of its many exceptional teams that were acknowledged with this award,” said Kelly Beierschmitt, deputy director of operations at Los Alamos. “Their successes demonstrate commitment to our core values of service, integrity, teamwork and excellence, which define our Laboratory and are directly responsible for the organization’s success. The fact that these employees’ achievements were recognized at such a high level is testament to that.”

The 2020 Excellence Award winners are recognized for outstanding accomplishments involving innovation, effectiveness, teamwork, overcoming adversity, and enabling future success. The 12 Los Alamos teams and their team leaders were:

TeamTeam leader
Retrieve and Disposition the Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute Actinide Materials TeamPatrick Fitch (planning), Craig Taylor (material handling), Douglas Thacker (packaging), Donald Thorp (transportation)
Crystal Lab Revitalization TeamMichael Fichtel
DARHT Weather Enclosure Construction TeamJamie Van Winkle
GIS COVID-19 Application Development and Deployment TeamDennis Vigil
JOWOG 30-04-01 Applied Delivery Technology TeamDennis Vigil
Los Alamos Blanket Request for Proposal TeamEdmond Keith
New SCIF Building-Modular Construction TeamLeRoy Hasenack
PF-4 Capital Column Testing TeamEric MacFarlane
RANT Operational Readiness and Expanded Shipping Capability TeamNestor Trujillo
RAMP: FY20 Roof Replacement and Maintenance Projects TeamDennis Vigil
SM-39 Classified Machine Shop Electrical Upgrade TeamAndrea Salazar-Gallegos
TEX HEU Experiment During COVID-19 TeamTheresa Cutler

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Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is managed by Triad, a public service oriented, national security science organization equally owned by its three founding members: Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle), the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS), and the Regents of the University of California (UC) for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.