Twelve Los Alamos teams recognized for exceptional accomplishments

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., April 15, 2021—Twelve teams at Los Alamos National Laboratory were 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:


Team leader

Retrieve and Disposition the Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute Actinide Materials Team

Patrick Fitch (planning), Craig Taylor (material handling), Douglas Thacker (packaging), Donald Thorp (transportation)

Crystal Lab Revitalization Team

Michael Fichtel

DARHT Weather Enclosure Construction Team

Jamie Van Winkle

GIS COVID-19 Application Development and Deployment Team

Dennis Vigil

JOWOG 30-04-01 Applied Delivery Technology Team

Dennis Vigil

Los Alamos Blanket Request for Proposal Team

Edmond Keith

New SCIF Building-Modular Construction Team

LeRoy Hasenack

PF-4 Capital Column Testing Team

Eric MacFarlane

RANT Operational Readiness and Expanded Shipping Capability Team

Nestor Trujillo

RAMP: FY20 Roof Replacement and Maintenance Projects Team

Dennis Vigil

SM-39 Classified Machine Shop Electrical Upgrade Team

Andrea Salazar-Gallegos

TEX HEU Experiment During COVID-19 Team

Theresa Cutler


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