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Los Alamos National Laboratory staff recognized for outstanding response to pandemic and more

248 employees receive Department of Energy Secretary’s Honor Awards
February 17, 2021
248 Laboratory employees on eight teams won the awards.

248 Laboratory employees on eight teams won the awards.

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These awards reinforce the fact that our national laboratories’ most important asset is a skilled, dedicated workforce.- Thom Mason, Laboratory Director

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Feb. 17, 2021—Los Alamos National Laboratory employees were recently recognized with Honor and Achievement Awards from the Department of Energy Secretary; 248 Laboratory employees on eight teams won the awards, which are the highest honor a DOE employee or contractor can receive.

“Congratulations to the recipients, many of whom innovated and persevered through a tough time in our global history,” said Thom Mason, Laboratory Director. “These awards reinforce the fact that our national laboratories’ most important asset is a skilled, dedicated workforce.”

Laboratory staff joined teams that were recognized for numerous efforts including:

  • transitioning the Laboratory workforce to telework, 
  • providing COVID-19 testing with the capacity to process more than 1,000 tests per day in the DOE national laboratory complex, 
  • mobilizing the nation’s supercomputing capabilities to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,
  • recruiting new employees
  • safeguarding nuclear fuels,
  • nuclear explosion monitoring,
  • radiological source response and recovery,
  • and efficiently providing supplies across the Nuclear Security Enterprise.

The DOE Secretary’s Honor Awards formally recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond in fulfilling the DOE’s mission. A total of 32 Honor Awards were granted across the DOE complex this year, and 24 teams received the Secretary of Energy Achievement Award. Read more about the awards here.

About Los Alamos National Laboratory

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.