The Lab recently hired four new employees with developmental disabilities through Project Search, a national program that provides job training for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities then partners with employers to further their job training. The employees — including Christine Dinh, right, with the Lab’s program coordinator Lady Idos — are working in Human Resources, Engineering, NERSC, and Physical Biosciences. More>
Posts Tagged ‘Engineering Division’
Tom Henderson, who worked as a mechanical engineer for the Lab from 1961 to 2000, passed away on Nov. 8. He worked on the 88″ Cyclotron, Heavy Ion Linear Accelerator, and the Bevatron, He was also in charge of installation during the construction of the Advanced Light Source. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Lafayette United Methodist Church.
At the recent Scientific Detector Workshop in Florence, Italy, Lab engineer Steve Holland received a lifetime achievement award for his “substantial and unique contributions over the course of his career.” As part of the award, asteroid 40981 was named in his honor. Holland is a pioneer in the development of high-performance silicon detectors for medical imaging, x-ray photon sciences, astronomy, and high-energy physics. More>
Neal Hartman of Berkeley Lab’s Engineering Division, who has worked on the ATLAS experiment since 2000, has just been named to a unique new post at CERN: “inspiration partner” for filmmaker in residence Jan Peters. Peters is the second winner of the Collide@CERN Artists Residency program, launched in 2011, for his proposal to “explore the meaning of life at the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.” Hartman, who is also the Artistic Director of the CineGlobe Film Festival held at CERN, will advise Peters on technical questions and perhaps aesthetic ones as well during his three-month residency.
FPGA-Based “Bunch Cleaning” System at the Advanced Light Source, a paper authored by Engineering Division’s, Jonah Weber, Michael Chin, Walter Barry, and AFRD’s Fernando Sannibale, was recognized as the 11th most downloaded article at Elsevier’s “Science Direct” publication. Elsevier is a leading provider of science and health information. The article introduces a new bunch-cleaning system for the ALS storage ring that will be compatible with a future “top-off” user operation mode, allowing for a near constant stream of current.
Fred Goulding, a Berkeley Lab Emeritus Distinguished Staff Senior Scientist, passed away on July 2. He was 88 years old. He was a staff member from 1960 until his retirement in 1991. Goulding was a pioneer in the application of modern electronics to nuclear physics research He was internationally recognized for the development and application of semiconductor radiation detectors, and was among the earliest to implement computer control and data acquisition methods for science. He served as group leader in the Nuclear Chemistry Division (now Nuclear Science), and a department head in the Engineering Division. More>
For the third consecutive year, the Lab’s Engineering Division is teaching project management processes in a SOAR for Youth workshop developed by Division Director Kem Robinson and led by Dianna Jacobs. The workshop is part of a week-long camp, which immerses 6-12th graders in academic, athletic, team-building, confidence-boosting, and social activities. SOAR (founded by former Lab IT Department Head Diana Brown) assists youth in the foster care system develop academic, career, leadership, and personal skills, in which they often lack exposure.
Engineering’s Kem Robinson and Dianna Jacobs taught Project Management for Scientists and Engineers during the 2013 U. S. Particle Accelerator School (USPAS) Summer Program at Colorado State University. The dynamic duo taught systematic approaches and managerial practices, emphasizing issues and challenges specific to scientific collaborative projects, particularly as related to the DOE and NSF. The various tools provided guide principal investigators, project scientists, engineers and group leaders towards successful project completion. The one-week class consists of 35 coursework hours with 12 hours of structured study sessions and additional homework for graduate-level college credit.
Recipients of the two 2012 DOE Project Management Awards received their plaques—albeit virtually—during a teleconference with DOE headquarters last Thursday. DOE Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman presented the awards and Patricia Dehmer of the DOE Office of Science received them on behalf of the honorees. The Bevatron Demolition Project received the Secretary’s Award for Excellence and the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Detector Project received the Secretary’s Achievement Award. (from left: Jennifer Ridgeway, Mike Barry, Bill Edwards, Kathy Johnescu, Barry Savnik, Joe Harkins, Glenn Kubiak) More>
Two of DOE’s top 2012 Project Management Awards, the Secretary’s Awards for Excellence and Achievement, were awarded to the Bevatron Demolition Project and the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Project respectively. Joe Harkins of Facilities oversaw DOE’s first-ever deactivation and demolition of a large particle accelerator, which finished under budget, ahead of schedule, and with a sterling safety record. Bill Edwards of Physics, working with Engineering’s Mike Barry and Steve Kettell of Brookhaven, managed U.S. participation in the U.S./China Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment, including constructing the eight Antineutrino Detectors that “produced extraordinary scientific results right out of the gate.” More>