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Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight features women and men from across the Laboratory to recognize employees and showcase the institution's wealth and diversity of personal and professional backgrounds, interests, and talents.
  • Denise Thronas

    Denise Thronas

    Denise Thronas lives in Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (formerly San Juan) and during her morning drive to Los Alamos often reflects on how the women in her family have balanced their family and community life with the ability to seek varying levels of education and earn a living.3/23/15

  • Janice Lovato

    Janice Lovato

    The Associate Directorate for Nuclear and High Hazard Operations’ Janice Lovato has turned her love for nature-watching and story-telling into writing a children’s book called Germaine the Beetle.3/10/15

  • Bryant Roybal

    Bryant Roybal: Champion chile

    The Associate Directorate for Project Management’s Bryant Roybal has been a chile competition contestant ever since entering the Hot Chili Days, Cool Mountain Nights Cookoff in Red River in 2011 and immediately taking first prize.2/18/15

  • Glen Wurden

    Glen Wurden—What you can see from your driveway

    The Physics Division’s Glen Wurden marvels at celestial objects 300 trillion kilometers (180 million trillion—or 180 quintillion—miles) from his house.2/18/15

  • Elena Giorgi

    Elena Giorgi—Murder mysteries with a twist of science

    Chimeras is Giorgi’s first murder mystery, followed by Mosaics, and Gene Cards, a futuristic thriller that imagines a world without genetic privacy.2/18/15

  • Amy Ross

    Amy Ross—Helping kids soar high

    The Materials Science and Technology Division’s Amy Ross is a volunteer pilot and coordinator for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program.1/9/15

  • Phil and Monica Noll

    Phil & Monica Noll—Photography worthy of the Smithsonian

    One of Phil Noll’s photos received the honor of being shown at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.12/1/14

  • Christina Martos Hilton

    Christina Martos Hilton—The shared experience of music

    The Intelligence Analysis and Technology Division's Christina Martos Hilton studied opera with world-renowned opera singer Placido Domingo.11/5/14

  • A.J. Herrera

    A.J. Herrera—Coaching soccer as a family affair

    Angelo (A.J.) Herrera, by day a financial analyst in the Laboratory's Chief Financial Officer Division, was part of the U.S. Youth National Soccer Team from 1996 to 2000, including the Youth Olympics in Moscow, and today coaches soccer in his spare time.10/22/14

  • Sheila Armstrong

    Sheila Armstrong—Helping hospice patients and their loved ones say good-bye

    Sheila Armstrong of the X Theoretical Design Division began her Laboratory career in 1972 but in the 1990s took a break and trained to become a hospice volunteer.10/7/14

  • Darleen Vigil

    Darleen Vigil—Growing Chimayó chile

    As soon as Darleen Vigil comes home from a hard day’s work as a vendor liaison specialist in the Laboratory’s Network and Infrastructure Engineering Division, she heads into her garden to tend to her vegetables.9/23/14

  • Ron Barber

    Ron Barber—The hobby that got out of hand

    Ron Barber, a mechanical engineer in the Laboratory’s Accelerator Operations and Technology Division, combines his love of nature and open spaces with a personal interest in researching the astronomical knowledge of long-ago civilizations that once inhabited the American Southwest.9/9/14

  • Michael Torrez

    Michael Torrez—Tracing family lineages to Colonial New Mexico

    Michael Torrez, by day a research technologist in the Laboratory's Materials Physics and Applications Division, spends much of his free time researching New Mexico's family histories.8/26/14

  • Jon Engle

    Jonathan Engle—Saving lives with nuclear energy

    Jonathan (Jon) Engle, Reines Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory, is helping lay the scientific groundwork for a new and improved cancer treatment that uses the energy produced by radioactive isotopes.8/14/14

  • José Valdez

    José Valdez—Cherishing classic cars

    Find José Valdez in his garage, intensely focused on his hobby of refurbishing classic cars, preferably from the 1930s to early 1960s. 6/24/14

  • Helicopter releasing red fire retardant

    Kristen Honig—The evolution of a wildfire photographer

    Honig realized that she wanted to document the beauty and destructiveness of wildfires and the sacrifices, challenges and camaraderie of the men and women protecting communities in the path of scorching blazes.6/24/14

  • Dave Keller

    Dave Keller—Sleepless in Los Alamos

    From the end of March into early May, Keller and the Laboratory’s other wildlife biologists monitor the Mexican Spotted Owl’s population size and locations and record noteworthy changes.6/2/14

  • Monika Bittman

    Monika Bittman—The vitality of artistic creation

    Monika Bittman has wanted to be an artist ever since she was a little girl in Prague, Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic. Today Bittman applies her creative eye and attention to detail in her work as a web designer at the Laboratory.6/2/14

Innovations for a secure nation

Novel rocket design flight tested

Novel rocket design flight tested

The new rocket fuel and motor design adds a higher degree of safety by separating the fuel from the oxidizer, both novel formulations that are, by themselves, not able to detonate.

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