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Secretary Perry formally recognizes outstanding achievements of individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond in fulfilling the Energy Department's mission and serving the Nation. 

The Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award

This award is bestowed upon a group or team of DOE employees and/or contractors who together accomplished significant achievements on behalf of the Department. These groups should demonstrate cooperation and teamwork in attaining their goals.

Achievement Award Winners

Administrative Support Complex Team at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, TX

In recognition of the completion of the Administrative Support Complex (ASC) at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas.  The efforts in achieving construction and occupation of the ASC represented a close collaboration between representatives from the Office of Management and Budget, the legislative body, local government agencies, private industry, the Managing and Operating contractor, and the Department of Energy.  The team members who participated in the ASC efforts devoted thousands of hours of their time, as well as their expertise and knowledge, to improving the work environment for over 1,100 employees that serve the Nation’s nuclear deterrent.  The approach taken by the team achieved construction three years sooner than a typical large dollar value facility; did not require a significant capital infusion; provided a cost effective alternative; provided for less risk because of a Guaranteed Maximum Price; allowed for reliance on existing national construction standards, where appropriate; and eliminated unnecessarily burdensome requirements. 

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the Administrative Support Complex at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

MEMBERS: 

Joelle P. Altamirano

Geoffrey L. Beausoleil

Dave E. Beck

Frank G. Cruz

Lloyd D. Deserisy

Howard E. Dickenson

J. Dianne Ely

Tim P. Fischer

Donna Gezelle    

Dwight R. Henderson

Randall M. Hendrickson

Chris Howard

Jessica M. Kunkle

Cameron A. Manning

William L. Mayers

James J. McConnell

Kirk F. McCutcheon

David McNeil

Mark A. Padilla

Melinda J. Proctor

Robert B. Raines

Michelle M. Reichert

Teresa M. Robbins

Kenneth B. Sheely

Morgan N. Smith

Thomas E. Smith

Owen Travis

Jefferson G. Underwood

Hank J. Van Dyke

Larry D. Warner

David Will

Rebekah E. Young

Emerging Threats Program Team

In recognition of the completion of the Corvina Loco exercise of the mobile uranium and plutonium facilities in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation’s Office of Material Management and Minimization. The exercise was the culmination of years of development, testing, evaluation, and personnel training to fully establish that the mobile facilities are ready for rapid global deployment. The team members who participated in Corvina Loco devoted thousands of hours of their time, as well as their expertise and knowledge, to ensure that the United States is prepared to quickly and safely secure at-risk weapons-usable nuclear material located abroad. 

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the Emerging Threats Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

MEMBERS:

Russell F. Abbott

Ross A. Agee

James A. Akin

Philip M. Almond

Craig C. Anderson

Jeffery Archuletta

Christopher A. Ariks

Elizabeth Armstrong

Dirk P. Barber

Wayne A. Baxter

Jeffrey S. Bips

Sean J. Branney

Joseph C. Bravelion

Braden L. Brown

Shawn J. Brown

Staria D. Burdell

Aaron C. Burlingame

Allison L. Burnette

Trinidad A. Bush

Derek J. Byrd

Pete D. Calkin

Jeffrey A. Chapman

Virginia G. Childers

Jaigne C. Christman

Daniel S. Clark

Steven L. Cleveland

Cory R. Croegaert

Shane S. Cromwell

Adam J. Daino

Derrick S. Dameron

Nicholas F. DeRoller

John N. Dewes

Sarah L. Dickerson

Roy L. Dietrich

David L. Dolin

Taylor D. Downs

Joseph R. Dunkle

Douglas W. Edwards

James J. Frey

Joshua D. Frey

Russel S. Friske

William Geist

Marcell D. Gooding

Jeffery L. Gossett

Terry L. Hale

Ryan D. Hargis

Joanne B. Hay

Marvin G. Helton

Cole R. Hexel

Dezaun M. Holmes

Terry L. Housley

Matthew R. Howard

Nathaniel O. Huff

Christopher T. Ivnes

Carl D. Jacobs

Lloyd J. Jollay

Ian G. Kapuza

Thomas J. Kinsey

Richard E. Koenig

Glenn D. Langdale

Allen I. Larsen

Douglas W. Lawson

Bradley M. Loftin

Ryan W. Loomis

Douglas S. Lowry

Michael S. Lowry

James A. Mansfield

Athneal D. Marzolf

Summer S. Mattmann

Theresa L. Mayo

Bradley A. McGill

John B. McIntosh

Wayne E. Minton

Wanda H. Morgan

Alice Murray

Timothy F. Neal

Glenn L. Pfennigwerth

Richard W. Poland

V. Keith Raby

James E. Radle

Carlos Rael

Henry A. Ramos

Scott Ravenhill

John J. Richesin

Grady E. Roe

Doug A. Rose

John A. Scircle

Elick R. Seabrooks

Kristi L. Seal

Lindsay T. Sexton

Paul C. Sharp

John H. Shumpert

Gary L. Sills

Darrell W. Simmons

Lawton G. Smith

Susan K. Smith

David M. Speaks

Gary C. Spradlen

Warren Stephens

Scott L. Stewart

Ronald J. Stockton

Frank Strother

Joel Tingey

Michael P. Tuell

Venugopal  K. Varma

Christopher G. Verst

Jimmy Villerreal

Richard K. Weatherly

Douglas A. Welker

Wendell L. Williams

Timothy J. Wyant

Tom Young

James R. Younkin

First Chamber-Confined Tritium Experiment on Z Team

In recognition of the careful planning and execution of the first chamber-confined tritium experiment on the Z Pulsed Power Facility.  The Z Pulsed Power Facility at Sandia National Laboratories safely conducted an experiment utilizing trace amount of tritium, successfully measuring previously unattainable neutron output and energy distributions from deuterium-tritium fusion reactions.  This collaborative effort serves as a key development supporting High Energy Density science experiments for Stockpile Stewardship, Inertial Confinement Fusion research, and nuclear survivability experiments testing weapon components in high neutron environments.   

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the First Chamber-Confined Tritium Experiment on Z Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

MEMBERS:

Dorian K. Balch

Hazel T. Barclay

Jessica A. Bierner

Peggy J. Christenson

Aaron H. Citrin

Todd A. Culp

Aaron D. Edens

Edward A. Finley

Ryan K. Gehmlich

Michael J. Gherini

Kelly D. Hahn

Roger L. Harmon

Shawn C. Howry

Russell L. Jarek

Drew W. Johnson

Brent M. Jones

Michael C. Jones

Darin Jurado

Michael C. Maguire

Lawrence Perea

Grafton K. Robertson

Alexandria R. Robinson

Morgan Rohlfing

Dean C. Rovang

Kurt Tomlinson

Roger A. Vesey

Adam J. York

Ghana Miniature Neutron Source Reactor Team

In recognition of the conversion of the Ghana Research Reactor-1 (GHARR-1) to low enriched uranium fuel, and the successful repatriation of its highly enriched uranium (HEU) spent fuel.  Both efforts were commendably coordinated between counterparts in Ghana, China, the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency.  This conversion and subsequent fuel return demonstrates the commitment to minimize the use of HEU in civilian applications.  In addition, as the first Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) to be converted outside of China, these efforts pave the way for the conversion of the remaining MNSRs and removal of their HEU fuel.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the Ghana Miniature Neutron Source Reactor Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

MEMBERS: 

Fritz Auguste

Bonnie Basiorka

Tiffany Blanchard-Case

Igor Bolshinsky

Andrew Brown

Jeffrey Chamberlin

John Dewes

Jaci Dickerson

Sarah Dickerson

Joan Dix

Helena Fu

Kris Gaines

Lisa Gibbons

Karen Grudzinski

Jessica Halse

Peter Hanlon

Tom Hanlon

Wendell Hintze

Lloyd Jollay

Shao Jun

Christopher Landers

Doo Lee

Nia McCracken

Elise Miller

Tiffany Mitchell

James Morman

Stan Moses 

Nina Palmer

Francesc Puig

Scott Roecker

Jordi Roglans-Ribas

Parrish Staples

John Stevens

Suzanne Stewart

Sandor Tozser

Caryn Warsaw

Brian Waud

Brent Wilhoit

Michael Yo

Cheryl Young

Global Burst Detector Block III Nuclear Monitoring System Team

In recognition of the successful on-time delivery of Global Positioning System III Global Burst Detector payloads.  This accomplishment culminates a decades-long 100 percent completion track record with the successful delivery of all eight Global Burst Detector payloads to be hosted on the GPS Block Ill satellites.  This collaborative effort has resulted in enhanced mission performance with each successive generation of GBD, increasing the probability of detecting nuclear explosions anywhere on the surface or in the atmosphere of the globe.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the Global Burst Detector Block III Nuclear Monitoring System Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

MEMBERS:

Ronald L. Akau

Roger T. Apodaca

Alicia R. Aragon

David D. Armijo

Antony M. Baca

Alicia Baca

LouAnn Baer

Ronald M. Baker

Craig M. Boney

Jason Bradbury

Albert Brown

Kenneth A. Browning

Douglas J. Bruder

Dylan P. Bryant

Victor H. Chavez

Kelly T. Chavez

Bart D. Chavez

Junoh Choi

Gregory E. Christiansen

Leslye Collins

Wendy Connerley-Sontag

David Conrad

Leonard D. Convissor

Jason Corley

Valerie C. Cotinola

John P. Cresap

Robert W. Cross

James W. Daniels

Max L. Decker

David J. Denning

Dean A. Dixon

Brett A. Eller

Kevin Esquibel

Jose L. Falliner

John Falls

Alina A. Ferguson

Regal S.A. Ferrulli

Linda C. Flores

Christopher D. Garrett

James G. Garsow

Paul T. Gibson

Gloria Goldtooth

Jaime N. Gomez

Daniel Gonzales

Robert Graham

Steven M. Grover

Mary L. Groves

Walter T. Gutierrez

Robert W. Hammerstein

James A. Heise

Tammy D. Henson

Brian Hunter

Lawrence W. Irwin

Dale C. Jackson

Jerome F. Jakubczak

Jay B. Johnson

Maureen L. Jorgensen

Amy K. Kaczmarowski

Lia B. Kashdan

John M. Kingston

Daniel J. Kral

Zachary Kreiner

John J. Lammie

Kathy Lane

Jae Lee

Michele A. Leonard

Robert A. Lezia

Joseph L. Lifke

Corinna J. Lopez

Kevin D. Marbach

Janell A. Marker

Judy Martinez

Sean Martinez

Bridget L. McKenney

Rhonda McNeil

Joshua E. Mendoza

Nathan Michael

Andrew E. Mihalik

Emily R. Moore

William P. Morgan

Anthony A. Morris

Joseph H. Mulkern

Patrick Munoz

Aaron T. Murray

Rod Nagel

James M. Nelson, Jr.

Ana G. Nevarez

Harold R. Ortiz

Kyu S. Paek

David A. Pattison

Jessica M. Pehr

Ravindran Periasamy

Robert R. Pierce

Ellen M. Pope

J. Daniel Porter

Allen J.Q. Prall

Jake Proctor

Joseph D. Puskar

Scott Raby

Lewis C. Reif

Nathan D. Roberts

Gustavo P. Rodriguez

Antonio Romero

Christine L. Rondelli

Charles P. Salazar

Anthony J. Sanders

Emmett L. Sandoval

Richard F. Schaetzl

Val Shulfer

Mike Skaggs

David A. Smith

James E. Snell

Harold D. Stewart

Andrew Stuart

Katherine E. Sutton

David J. Theriot

Mythi M. To

Tammie L. Towndrow

Toby O. Townsend

Rachel Trojahn

Kenneth Valentine

Patrick L. Vaughan

Teddy Vigil

Barb L. Wampler

Gary R. Webb

Matthew Weiss

Douglas B. White

Aaron S. Williams

Debra Yzquierdo-Trujillo

2017 Hurricane Response Team

In recognition of employees and contractors of the Department of Energy who provided outstanding support to Federal emergency response efforts in 2017, including the 2017 hurricane season.  Individuals are recognized for their dedication and exemplary service instrumental to helping the Nation respond to and recover from energy disruption emergencies impacting the United States.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the 2017 Hurricane Response Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

MEMBERS:

Brian Adams

Joau (John) Aguiar

Ron Alexander

Jorge Alva

Shravan Amin

David Anderson

Cheryl Ashe

Moises Atiles

Ruth Aubrey

Jarrett Bach

Joshua Bailey

Elizabeth Ballard

Maria Barela

Pedro Barrios

Elizabeth Bartosz

Sonya Baskerville

Rakesh Batra

Diana Bauer

Jeffrey Baumgartner

Jeremy Bayne

Shane Beasley

Michael Berry

Theresa Berry

James Berryman

Abel Betancourt

James Bisker

Mark Bollinger

Kai Bothwell

Noreen Brachmann

Ethan Brackenbury

Teresa Branom

Alex Breckel

Hannah Breul

James Briones

Ahtora Brooks

Theresa Brown Shute

Gary Buckingham

Kenneth Buell

Stacy Byrd

Gregory Campbell

Kevin Carman

Paulette Caron

Joel Carrillo

Alethea Carter

Virginia Castro

Josef Cheevers

James Clark

Clayton Clem

Erica Cottingham

Andrea Crooms

Deborah Croskrey

David Darling

Kevin Decorla-Souza

Dawn Defore

Campbell Delahoyde

Arturo Diaz-Gonzalez

Sharee Dickinson

Natenna Dobson

Keith Dodrill

Matthew Duncan

Leon Duquella

William Eaton

William Edwards

Scott Esplin

Dean Faller

Edward Fei

Ronald Feldmann

Donald Ferguson

Jorge Ferrer

Wilfred Figueroa

Jonathan Fredrickson

Nancy Freeze

Matthew French

Timothy Frost

Sherry Gann

Alesia Gant

Kelly Gardner

Kegan Gerard

Michelle Gillespie

Steve Goins

Joel Gonzalez

Gordon Gore

Randy Griffin

Sean Griffin

Patrick Griggs

Robert Gross

Steve Gunnink

Russ Haffner

Melvin Hale

Mason Hamilton

Tim Hancock

Joseph Hanna

Colton Hanson

Jason Hartke

Dustin Haskins

Rob Hensley

Alexander Hernandez

Matthew Hess

Shane Hester

Thomas Hiltz

Jeffrey Hood

David Horton

Eliza Hotchkiss

Patti Hunt

Michael Ingram

Gerardo Islas Rivera

Brad Jackson

Sandra Johnson

Stacy Jole

Ryan Josephson

Gary Karnofski

Matt Kelly

Robin Kelty

Jim Kendrick

Melinda Kennedy

Cecelia Kenney

Tonya Keys

David Kirsch

Ryan Knapp

Jody Kogl

Artem Krikun

Puesh Kumar

John Lahti

Lance LaTulipe

Chris Lawrence

Bryan Long

Anthony Lucas

Monica Lyles

William MacBean

Steve Maher

Brian Marcey

Darrick Marson

Sophia Mazkin

Mike McCoy

Casey McCracken

Joshua McEllrath

Katherine McLaughlin

Troy Meier

Carmelo Melendez

Michael Millard

Gail Miller

Jeffrey Miller

Robert Miller

Tom Miller

Amanda Mings

Karl Mitsch

Michael Mobilia

Carlos Montanez

Lonnie Moffett

Richard Mortensen

D. Ryan Mumma

Evan Musolino

Nathan Neddo

Steven Neilson

Nancy Ness

Diana Ngo

Tom O’Connor

Jerry Odegard

Virginia Odierno

Raymond Ortiz

Ken Osborne

John Ostrich

Jean Pabón

William Parks

Russell Pascua

Jared Perez

Howard Perry

Christopher Pfeifer

Jeff Phillips

Joseph Poenisch

Terry Provost

Kamala Quintana

Robert Reed

Jason Reeves

Garett Rehbein

Warren Riley

Kevin Ripplinger

Eulogio Rivera

Clark Robinson

Christinne Rodriguez

Nina Rodriguez

Jose Rojas

Jesse Saldivar

Brian Sautter

Rhett Schelhorn

Jay Schell

William Schnyer

Judy Schoenberg

Robert Schoenberg

Larry See

Paul Sever

Mark Shirley

Yvonne Sisler

Nicholas Skarzynski

Michael Smith

Tim Snowden

Fernando Soto-Perez

Thomas Sowinski

Tertia Speiser

Amanda Sramek

Ben Steinberg

Ned Stetson

Bonnie Stinson

Devon Streit

Jackson Stubbs

Elijah Sullivan

Matthew Tarduogno

Donna Taylor

Judith Tegeler

Patricia Thalwitzer

Tim Thompson

Samuel Tolbert

Gregg Tomberlin

Tarla Toomer

Dana Trimble

Ronald Trott, Jr.

Robert Tuttle

Victor Van

Stephen Walls

Carol Ward

William Weber

James Weiss

Lynn Westfall

Tiffany Wheeler

Joshua White

Jason Wientjes

Crystal Williams

Mary Williams

Matt Williams

Kevin Williamson

Boyd Wilson

Cliff Wilson

Dee Wilson

Walter Yamben

Richard Yan

Terry Yen

Cody Young

David Young

Paula Youngblood

Todd Zak

Nicole Zawadzki

Alan Zuckero

International Multi-Modal Surrogate Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation Test Team

In recognition of the International Multi-Modal Surrogate Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation Test Team’s efforts to determine whether the United States can safely transport spent nuclear fuel across the country from current temporary storage locations to permanent disposal.  Sandia National Laboratories led an international, multi-laboratory, eight-month, 9400-mile triathlon-like data-gathering test to quantify shocks and vibrations experienced by surrogate spent nuclear fuel during normal rail, barge, and truck transport.  Initial data analysis of the eight terabytes of data revealed that shocks and vibrations are well below the yield point of irradiated fuel. 

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the International Multi-Modal Surrogate Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation Test Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

MEMBERS:

Douglas J. Ammerman

Michael Arviso

Ralph Best

Marcos F. Barrio

Eravisto J. Bonano

William Boyle

David Castrillon Cabaleiro

Wes Chilton

Guillermo Calleja Calatayud

Ana Rodriguez Casas

William R. Chavez

Woo-seok Choi

Jeri S. Crenshaw

Ismael Fernandez Perez

David Garrido

Vince T. Gasparich

Sabina Gershon

Rafael Gonzales Garmendia

Carissa A. Grey

Pavlo Ivanusa

Brady D. Hanson

Philip Jensen

Kevin Kadooka

Elena A. Kalinina

Nicholas A. Klymyshyn

Greg j. Koenig

Kathy Langan

Ned Larson

Paul McConnell

Tae-Chul Moon

John Orchard

Alejandro Palacio Alonso

Amanda L. Pavlakos

Ruben Pena

Steven B. Ross

Sylvia J. Saltzstein

William Shust

Ken B. Sorenson

Casey Spitz

Peter N. Swift

Shawn Trevithick

William R. Uncapher

Russell Walker

Jake Walz

Javier Fernandez Lopez

Jose Manuel Conde Lopez

Jeff England

Lawrence Paul Lewis

In recognition of his efforts with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection to support long-term recovery planning for critical infrastructure systems in Puerto Rico following the 2017 hurricane season.  Mr. Lewis led the effort to identify critical economic hubs throughout Puerto Rico, analyzing their dependencies on lifeline infrastructure systems including energy, water/wastewater, communications/IT, and transportation. Mr. Lewis also led efforts to identify long-term reinvestment strategies for recovery planners to consider.  This short-term pilot project was completed while recovery operations were ongoing, and resulted in the development of a web-based Geographic Information System application that identified key infrastructures and their first- and second-order dependencies and framed the key findings for stakeholder consideration during recovery planning. 

For his contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, Mr. Lewis is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

Leading the Center of Excellence in Cyber Threat Intelligence Team

In recognition of Sandia National Laboratories’ leadership of the Center of Excellence in Cyber Threat Intelligence, and for helping guide this diverse team in identifying and duplicating site best practices, detecting enterprise risks, and leveraging innovative technologies to increase cyber security across the National Nuclear Security Administration complex in defense of our nation.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the Leading the Center of Excellence in Cyber Threat Intelligence Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

MEMBERS:

Cheryl Babcock

Todd Bruner

Ken Chiang

Phillip Cox

Ryan Custer

Marshall Daniels

Cody Edwards

Nick Georgieff

Denise Grayson

Jason Haas

Eunsil Han

Ryan Holt

John Jarocki

Michael Johnson

Jonathan Mandeville

Casey McGinley

Bryce Montano

Jay Patel

Alex Pease

Julie Perich

Alex Quintana

Corey Reitz

Vlad Schick

Mayuri Shakamuri

Joey Tulino

Vincent Urias

Carrie Vega

Linda Hansen

In recognition of her exceptional service and leadership in support of U.S. initiatives to advance international adherence to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Additional Protocol (AP), a critical component of the international nuclear nonproliferation regime. Ms. Hansen served as a subject matter expert on over 100 engagement missions, including 93 foreign trips to 23 different countries resulting in at least eight countries signing and/or ratifying the AP.  Additionally, Ms. Hansen led the development of a rigorous training and engagement curricula for the AP, including 22 presentations, 11 exercises, website files, templates, and other job aids, which will serve as an enduring resource for the U.S. nonproliferation engagement community.

For her contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, Ms. Linda Hansen is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

Melanie P. May

In recognition of her professional contributions to ensuring America's security and prosperity through active leadership in the formulation of national level policies, identification of best practices, and modification of international binding agreements  pertaining to the safeguarding and securing of nuclear and radiological materials. Through her persistence and renowned knowledge of the nuclear and radiological sciences, safeguards and security policies, inter-agency commitments, and expansive Departmental operations, Ms. May was instrumental in not only establishing policies and practices enhancing the protection of this country, but also in curtailing international commitments that would have been detrimental to the Department's mission and cost several millions of dollars to implement. Her diligence and commitment to the country's best interests are brilliant reflections of the Department's integrity and professionalism and is widely appreciated by her colleagues and peers.

For her contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, Ms. Melanie May is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

William McLean

In recognition of his pioneering technical contributions that have led to significant advancement in science-based stockpile stewardship (SBSS).  Most notably, Dr. McLean led the development of a quantification of margins and uncertainties (QMU) methodology to measure and predict aging and compatibility of critical materials for certifying the health of the nuclear stockpile.  In establishing QMU-based framework to assess lifetimes of key stockpile components, Dr. McLean created a suite of predictive tools that are today used routinely by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to guide and inform the annual assessment and certification of the stockpile, make decisions for future Life Extension Programs, inform significant finding investigations, and conduct surveillance of the legacy stockpile.  These tools have provided NNSA, for the first time, with specific assessable, quantitative, and technical criteria to use in prioritization of stockpile stewardship resources, impacting projects across the Weapons Complex and enabling more efficient use of resources, facilities, and personnel. 

For his contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, Dr. William McLean is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

National Nuclear Security Administration Office of Infrastructure

In recognition of outstanding achievement in creating an enterprise-wide, science-based infrastructure stewardship model designed to resolve the highest priority deficiencies and risks at National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) sites.  The Office of Infrastructure’s tireless efforts have led NNSA to overcome a decades-old culture of stove-piped infrastructure planning to a revolutionary model that is formed upon collaborative, data-driven, and risk-informed planning, prioritization, and execution.  From the creation of the biennial “Deep Dive” reviews to the deployment of NNSA’s new Enterprise Risk Management model and the development of the first annual Master Asset Plan (MAP), the model is collaborative, repeatable, predictable, and transparent.  By developing and deploying new, best-in-government tools, resources have been maximized to revitalize NNSA’s aging infrastructure, which is critical to enabling NNSA to successfully and efficiently executive its multiple and vital national security missions.  The office’s contribution will have a lasting impact on the NNSA enterprise. 

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the NNSA Office of Infrastructure is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

MEMBERS:

Joelle P. Altamirano

Cody Alton

Na’ilah N. Bowden

Patrick Cahalane

Michelle Cann

Deborah Couchman-Griswold

Brian C. Dabruzzi

Tyson C. Deschamp

Ashley K. Doleman

Sheila Feddis

Savannah A. Fitzwater

Amy Gann

Daniel J. Gonzales

Robert S. Haldeman

Richiey L. Hayes

Anika Khanna

Julie B. Krebs

Jessica M. Kunkle

Stephanie L. Loyd

James J. McConnell

Richard J. Nevarez

Sara Newton

Thomas C. Orr, Jr.

Incheol J. Pang

Justine Perkowski

Kaylyn A. Peters

Philip Pizzariello

Thomas P. Robinson

Kenneth B. Sheely

Janice L. Stull

Sarah J. Watts

Matthew J. Weber

Brady R. Wenrich

Catherine A. Williams

Thomas J. Wilson

James L. Winter

Pretreatment and Process Development Team

In recognition of pioneering the development of biomass-derived ionic liquids ("bionic liquids") to enable one-pot conversion technologies that are efficient, feedstock flexible, scalable, and economically viable to support production of biofuels and co-products. The bionic liquid-enabled integrated one-pot process simplifies process complexity to reduce annual operating cost by 40 percent and water use/waste water generation by approximately 85 percent, and has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 50 to 85 percent compared to conventional gasoline. With clear economic and environmental benefits, the one-pot bionic liquid process may represent a breakthrough technology in the cellulosic biofuel development.  

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the Pretreatment and Process Development Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

MEMBERS:

Tanmoy Dutta

N.V.S.N. Murthy Konda

Corinne D. Scown

Blake A. Simmons

Seema Singh

Aaron M. Socha

Jian Sun

Feng Xu

Staff of the Solenoidal Tracker Group at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider

In recognition of the successful and efficient operation of the Solenoidal Tracker (STAR) experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) that enabled the discovery that the nearly perfect fluid created in RHIC collisions is also by far the fastest spinning fluid ever observed.  In a set of measurements beginning with the data taken in 2010, STAR measured the vorticity of the fluid created at RHIC and found that the perfect liquid created in collisions at RHIC is the fastest spinning fluid ever observed, by far.  This result was published in Nature and subsequently named one of the top 100 science stories of 2017 by Discover Magazine.  The Staff of the STAR group successfully and efficiently operated the STAR experiment under a wide range of conditions, providing precisely calibrated data that enabled this challenging measurement. 

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the Staff of the Solenoidal Tracker (STAR) Group at RHIC is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

MEMBERS:

Dmitry Arkhipkin

Elke-Caroline Aschenauer

Wayne Betts

Leslie Bland

Timothy Camarda

Zilong Chang

William Christie

Lidia Didenko

James Dunlop

Oleg Eyser

Salvatore Fazio

Yuri Fisyak

Wlodek Guryn

Levente Hajdu

John Hammond

Jiangyong Jia

Hongwei Ke

Alexander Kiselev

Jeffery Landgraf

Jerome Lauret

Alexei Lebedev

Jeong-Hun Lee

Tonko Ljubicic

Rongrong Ma

Liz Mogavero

Rachel Nieves

Akio Ogawa

Brian Page

Robert Pak

Victor Perevoztchikov

Michael Poat

Lijuan Ruan

John Scheblein

Robert Scheetz

Bill Schmidke

Rahul Sharma

Dmitri Smirnov

Robert Soja

Paul Sorensen

Aihong Tang

Takahito Todoroki

Prithwish Tribedy

Thomas Ullrich

Stephen Valentino

Gene Van Buren

Flemming Videbaek

Jason Webb

Zhangbu Xu

Shuai Yang

Kin Yip

The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research Operations Team

In recognition of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research Operations (JCESR) project led by Argonne National Laboratory, which has changed the formula for developing next-generation batteries. Experiments with new battery materials at the bench have resulted in the discovery of revolutionary new materials for beyond-lithium-ion prototypes. The JCESR Operations Model, meanwhile, has integrated and amplified the effectiveness of 20 otherwise independent interdisciplinary scientific organizations as a single coordinated unit. The Operations Model established a structure around meetings, research sprints, reporting, communications, outreach, safety, finance, and intellectual property. In so doing, it has enabled more than 200 researchers to magnify their efforts and achievements in discovery science, materials design, battery design, research prototyping, and manufacturing collaboration.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research Operations (JCESR) team is awarded the Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award.

MEMBERS:

Nitash Balsara                                        

Fikile Brushett                                       

Anthony Burrell                                     

Gerbrand Ceder                                      

Jeffrey Chamberlain                                            

Yet-Ming Chiang                         

George Crabtree

Yi Cui

Robert Darling   

Kevin Gallagher

Devin Hodge

Brian Ingram

Susan Marconi

Nenad Markovic

Jeffrey Moore

Karl Mueller

Linda Nazar

Kristin Persson

Bernadette Petrovic

Steven Rupkey

Ben Schiltz

Joel Sefcovic

Donald Siegel

Venkat Srinivasan

Heather Stepan-Paar

Kristen Swift

Lynn Trahey

Bradley Ullrick

Kevin Zavadil

Transient Reactor Test Facility Integrated Program Team

In recognition of the Department of Energy's highly successful restart at the Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) Facility.  The successful resumption of TREAT operations was the result of the dedicated effort of personnel from the Office of Nuclear Energy and the Idaho National Laboratory. This teamwork resulted in resumption of operations being accomplished 12 months ahead of schedule and nearly $20 million below original estimates.  TREAT is designed specifically to test nuclear reactor fuels and materials under extreme conditions, an important asset to nuclear scientists and engineers as they work to increase the safety and performance of current and future nuclear reactors.

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the TREAT Facility Integrated Program Team is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

MEMBERS:

David J. Broussard

Lloyd C. Brown

John D. Bumgardner

Julie E. Conner

Richard W. Denning

Roger K. Harshbarger

Loren W. Kinghorn

Lee O. Nelson

Jason C. Tokey

William R. Watson

VET-Success Program Team

In recognition of their significant accomplishments supporting the onboarding and development of veterans at the Department of Energy (DOE).  The VET-Success Program Team, led by the DOE’s National Training Center, created and launched a robust and engaging training, orientation, and career development tool for military veterans transitioning into civilian employment at DOE.  In less than two years, the VET-Success program has had a dramatic and positive impact on more than 150 veterans joining DOE, easing their transition and accelerating their ability to support DOE in achieving its critical national security and other missions.  The program is poised to welcome hundreds more veterans into the Department for years to come. 

For their contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, the VET-Success Program team is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award.

MEMBERS:

Karen L. Boardman

Willie A. Edwards, II

Victoria Elder

Lynette M. Johnson

Rudy E. Pino

Rizwan A. Shah

Michael J. Silverman

Russell Smith

Frederick E. Soto

The Secretary of Energy’s Excellence Award

This award is bestowed on individuals who have a singular accomplishment that demonstrates a high level of performance and outstanding leadership in public service. The individual’s overall achievement must be substantial, outside the normal course of duty and significantly benefit the Department’s mission and the Nation.

Excellence Award Winners

James C. Bresee: Senior Technology Specialist Office of Nuclear Energy

 James C. Bresee Senior Technology Specialist Office of Nuclear Energy

In recognition of his outstanding technical guidance and scientific contributions to the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) in supporting the research and development of the back end of the nuclear fuel cycle. As a Federal Program Manager, Dr. Bresee has directed the research
of multiple programs associated with separations, nuclear waste management, and waste form development. Dr. Bresee has been instrumental in establishing the United States as a leader
in the field of advanced recycling. His vision, diplomacy and extensive experience in dealing with our international partners are central to placing DOE and the Office of Nuclear Energy on a sound technical and organizational foundation. Dr. Bresee’s vision, sense of strategy, and leadership have brought the U.S. to the forefront of innovation.

For his contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, Dr. James Bresee is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Excellence Award.

Frank J. Goldner, Nuclear Engineer, Office of Nuclear Energy

 Frank J. Goldner, Nuclear Engineer, Office of Nuclear Energy

In recognition of his leadership in guiding the Department’s Accident Tolerant Fuel Program
and greatly accelerating the program for the benefit of the Nation’s nuclear power industry.
As the Federal Program Manager, Dr. Goldner directed the efforts of the nuclear fuel vendors partnering with the Department to engage with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at a key point in the program. His persistence and innovation helped to overcome the many challenges associated with nuclear fuel development and qualification, placing him above and beyond the typical program manager. His efforts have resulted in significantly accelerating the program and gaining the strong support of both Congress and industry. Through Dr. Goldner’s leadership,

the program is several years ahead of schedule and better positioned to help improve the safety, reliability and economics of the current nuclear fleet and sustain this critical source of the nation’s clean and reliable energy.

For his contributions to the Department of Energy and the Nation, Dr. Frank Goldner is awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Excellence Award.

The Presidential Rank Awards

The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 established the Presidential Rank Awards Program
to recognize a select group of career members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) for exceptional performance over an extended period of time. Later, the Rank Award statute was amended to extend eligibility to senior career employees with a sustained record of exceptional professional, technical, and/or scientific achievement recognized on a national or international level. Two categories of Presidential Rank Award are available.

  • Distinguished Rank Recipients: These individuals are recognized for sustained extraordinary accomplishment, and receive a cash award of 35 percent of their base salary. Only one percent of the career SES or SL/ST may receive this rank.
  • Meritorious Rank Recipients:  These individuals are recognized for sustained accomplishment, and receive a cash award of 20 percent of their base salary. No more than five percent of career SES or SL/ST members may receive this award.
Distinguished Rank Recipients

Kimberly D. Lebak: Manager, Los Alamos Field Office, National Nuclear Security Administration

Kimberly D. Lebak (Retired)

Ms. Lebak, who retired in October 2017, was awarded the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive for her sustained extraordinary accomplishments in the nuclear sector of the Department of Energy. Ms. Lebak personally championed the safe de-inventory of special nuclear materials from Sandia National Laboratories in 2008, which was accomplished seven months ahead of schedule and achieved a milestone in a Presidential Directive. Removal of these nuclear materials required a higher level of security protection and saved $15 million in immediate cost savings/avoidances. As Manager of the Livermore Field Office, Ms. Lebak successfully completed de-inventory of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory plutonium facility as part of the NNSA transformation, saving over $40M per year. In 2010, Ms. Lebak partnered with the laboratory and approved Sandia’s retirement formula changes and health care changes that will save approximately $100M over the length of the contract.

Troy J. Mueller: Director, Nuclear Technology Division, National Nuclear Security Administration

Troy J. Mueller: Director, Nuclear Technology Division

Troy Mueller was awarded the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive for his sustained extraordinary accomplishments as the Director of the Nuclear Technology Division in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program over
the last 15 years. Mr. Mueller directly manages an annual budget of over $120 million involving 600 government and contractor personnel, and separately oversees approximately $3.5 billion of laboratory and shipyard work involving tens of thousands of government and contractor workers.

Mr. Mueller co-led and technically spearheaded a first-time, high-level multi-agency U.S. Government initiative that garnered broad support from Government of Japan officials to forward-deploy a U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in Japan. His technical expertise, dedication to safety, and ability to calm Japanese “nuclear fears” were vital to gaining agreement for the Navy’s premier aircraft carrier to be strategically located to execute the critically important role of stabilizing the Western Pacific.

Mr. Mueller played a key role in support of Operation TOMODACHI in March 2011 and associated U.S. efforts to help the Government of Japan respond to the Fukushima Daiichi reactor accidents, eventually as the specially selected technical advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

Mr. Mueller is the senior Navy leadership’s premier executive for addressing consistently underperforming commands and upgrading problematic sites because of his unmatched ability to distinguish and define underlying leadership issues affecting performance. His best example of completely turning around performance of a large organization is Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard from 2007-2012. During this period, Pearl Harbor went from the lowest performing public shipyard for several decades to the Navy’s best.

Mr. Mueller altered the Navy’s approach from decades of ineffective and confrontational interactions to one that capitalized on the greatest strength of the Hawaiian people, their fundamental belief in taking care of family and neighbors, and linking this strength to changing the entire shipyard within. In addition, Mr. Mueller has established unprecedented, close-knit relationships with foreign, state and local regulator experts through establishing a “golden rule” policy of transparency—a complete reversal from previous program policy where classification was used as a barrier.

Meritorious Rank Recipients

F. Lorraine Bodi: Vice President, Environment, Fish and Wildlife, Bonneville Power Administration

Lorraine Bodi, Bonneville Power Administration
Lorraine Bodi was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive for her sustained accomplishments as the Vice President, Environment, Fish and Wildlife for the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). Ms. Bodi has more than 33 years of distinguished Federal service and public leadership serving the people of the Northwest and the nation, including over 17 years with Department of Energy’s BPA.
Ms. Bodi is responsible for the full range of environmental responsibilities and commitments associated with the operation of BPA’s extensive regional power and transmission systems, which span four states. She manages a workgroup of over 115 fish biologists, cultural resource specialists, and environmental specialists who in turn manage over 400 contracts each year and an annual budget of over $300 million. She gets the job done with excellence, while nurturing her diverse team, encouraging student hires and promoting employee development.
Ms. Bodi has implemented one of the largest and most notable ecosystem management programs in the nation, providing broad-based mitigation for the fish and wildlife and tribal impacts of the many Federal dams in the Columbia Basin. She strategically shifted the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program from a set of individual contracts to a structured and performance-based program, designed to meet multiple legal requirements in a unified way while simultaneously addressing responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act.
Ms. Bodi has a long-term track record as a world class negotiator. She personally negotiated numerous landmark environmental and fish and wildlife agreements, notably the negotiation of the historic Columbia Basin Fish Accords to align fish and wildlife actions with three states and six tribes. This landmark series of agreements is still in effect today and continues to strengthen partnership and collaboration among the majority of Basin sovereigns in support of salmon and steelhead recovery

Steven G. Chalk: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Steven Chalk, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Steve Chalk was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive for his sustained accomplishments as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Mr. Chalk is an outstanding leader with a long track record of accomplishments in planning and implementing Department of Energy (DOE) technology development programs. He played a major role in leading the Nation’s transition to a clean energy economy.
As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations, Mr. Chalk oversaw all mission-support activities for a 700-person, $2.1 billion clean energy research portfolio. He led mission-support operations for EERE’s implementation of Presidential clean energy initiatives to deploy advanced manufacturing, solar, wind, electric vehicles, building efficiency and other advanced technologies.
For the Recovery Act, he mobilized EERE’s workforce to urgently execute $17 billion of energy efficiency and renewable energy stimulus awards over 18 months. He also worked with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in supporting the U.S. Treasury Department’s awarding of billions of dollars in “cash-in-lieu” of renewable tax credits resulting in deployment of over 30 GW of renewable power. He helped lead surges in low-income weatherization grants which resulted in one million homes weatherized, exceeding goals and saving low income households an average of $400 annually on utility bills; helped establish “SWAT” teams to disburse 2,300 energy efficiency and conservation block grants to counties, cities and states, delivering over $5 billion in savings and 62,000 jobs; and also helped create competitive solicitation processes for the Treasury Department to award $2.3 billion in manufacturing tax credits to increase U.S. renewable energy manufacturing jobs.
From 2011-2014 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy, Mr. Chalk directed $800 million research in various renewable energy technologies. His team developed the “SunShot” initiative, a visionary program to make solar energy cost-competitive with controversial energy sources by 2020. In 2015, half-way through the decade-long research that began in 2011, solar costs were reduced 65 percent towards DOE’s target of $1 per watt. He and his team worked closely with wind energy stakeholders to decrease wind energy costs by 40 percent since 2008.

Stacy L. Charboneau: Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations, Office of Environmental Management

 Stacy L. Charboneau: Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations, Office of Environmental Management
Stacy Charboneau, who retired in January 2018, was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive for her sustained accomplishments in the Office of Environmental Management (EM), completing her Federal career as the Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations. She amassed an impressive record of exceptional mission accomplishments, extraordinary commitment to mission, technical and business proficiency and exemplary leadership in over 22 years of service to the Department of Energy (DOE), in addition to her years of accomplishment with the Department of Defense.
Ms. Charboneau is internationally recognized as an expert in project management, nuclear and industrial safety, remediation of chemical and radioactive waste and the deactivation and demolition of nuclear facilities, among her other skills. In 2014, Ms. Charboneau was appointed as the first woman to serve in the Manager position in the Richland Operations Office; as Manager, she was responsible for the leadership and management of 260 Federal staff, providing direction and oversight to over 4,000 contractors performing a portfolio of cleanup projects on the 586-square-mile Hanford Site. She has been responsible for the safe storage, retrieval and treatment of 53 million gallons of chemical and radioactive waste stored in 177 underground tanks at Hanford. Ms. Charboneau led the efforts to complete the stabilization and packaging of 20 metric tons of plutonium bearing materials and readying it for shipment to the Savannah River Site, avoiding an estimated $3 billion in life-cycle costs for increased security requirements. She served as the Construction and Engineering Manager of the Spent Nuclear Fuel Project, completing the safe retrieval, drying and interim storage of over 2,000 metric tons of Spent Nuclear Fuel. As the River Corridor Federal Project Director, Ms. Charboneau kicked off the largest and one of the most successful cleanup projects in DOE history, with the demolition of over 500 facilities and remediation of 1,200 waste sites at seven reactor sites in the 220-square-mile area of Hanford along the Columbia River.

Kelly N. Cummins: Senior Advisor to the Secretary, National Nuclear Security Administration

 Kelly N. Cummins: Senior Advisor to the Secretary, National Nuclear Security Administration
Kelly Cummins was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive for her sustained accomplishments in helping the Department of Energy (DOE) achieve its mission to ensure national security and prosperity by addressing the Nation’s energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.
In January 2012, after more than a decade of leading complex multi-billion dollar nonproliferation programs to secure and dispose of weapons-grade highly enriched uranium (HEU) and plutonium worldwide, Ms. Cummins was promoted to the Senior Executive Service as the Associate Assistant Deputy Administrator for Fissile Materials Disposition. In this position she had broad responsibility to direct the Department’s largest nonproliferation program, which had an annual budget of $700 million. This office was responsible for disposing of U.S. surplus HEU and plutonium – the materials used in nuclear weapons – and helping other countries to dispose of their nuclear materials.
Serving as a positive change agent, Ms. Cummins led the efforts to develop an affordable, technically viable alternative strategy to dispose of U.S. plutonium. Ms. Cummins chaired a DOE-wide working group to analyze opportunities to dispose of U.S. plutonium sooner and at a lower cost to taxpayers. The working group created a new approach, which avoided costs associated with building and operating new stand-alone nuclear facilities, saving taxpayers more than $30 billion in lifecycle costs and requiring 50 percent less annual funding. This new approach enabled disposition decades sooner than the previous approach.
In 2013, Secretary of Energy Moniz asked Ms. Cummins to be his senior advisor on national security and cross-cutting project management matters. In this role, Ms. Cummins showed herself to be a transformational leader by directly and substantially undertaking high profile initiatives that have resulted in significant advancement of the Department’s critical missions. In her current role as the Program Executive Officer for Strategic Materials in the Office of Defense Programs, Ms. Cummins continues her contribution to national security by ensuring the supply of materials needed to maintain the nuclear deterrent

Joanna M. Livengood: Manager, Argonne Site Office, Office of Science

Joanna Livengood, Argonne National Laboratory, Office of Science
Dr. Joanna Livengood was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive for her sustained accomplishments as a leader in operational improvements at Office of Science laboratories. During the past 12 years as a Senior Executive, Dr. Livengood has overseen two Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories and led key accomplishments for the Office of Science.
During her five-year tenure as the Fermi Site Office Manager, Dr. Livengood strengthened critical site-wide electric transmission infrastructure and provided long-term cost savings at Fermilab. As the Argonne Site Office Manager, she improved the operational performance of the site office and significantly enhanced the nuclear safety posture of Argonne National Laboratory. The successful execution of a three-year, $107 million Nuclear Footprint Reduction Project attained nuclear safety compliance for seven facilities while simultaneously reducing nuclear material inventory, dramatically decreasing nuclear safety and public health risks, reducing nuclear facility operating costs by 40 percent, and saving over $1 million annually in nuclear maintenance costs. This accomplishment was recognized with the 2012 Secretary of Energy Achievement Award. Also, she led a two-year special task force that improved DOE nuclear security oversight at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and facilitated significant improvements in Argonne’s radiological operations. In recognition of these accomplishments, she received the 2015 Secretary of Energy Excellence Award.
In addition, Dr. Livengood assumed responsibility for New Brunswick Laboratory, a federally operated nuclear security facility on the Argonne site. During an intensive three-year period, she successfully transformed the struggling laboratory’s operations into a new, sustainable program office model. She also delivered significant reductions in the facility’s nuclear material inventory and established a clean-up project, which saved approximately $20 million.

Elmer M. Naples: Program Manager, Surface Ship Nuclear Propulsion, National Nuclear Security Administration

 Elmer M. Naples: Program Manager, Surface Ship Nuclear Propulsion, National Nuclear Security Administration
Elmer Naples, who retired in March 2018, was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive for his sustained extraordinary accomplishments as the Program Manager for Surface Ship Nuclear Propulsion for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. Mr. Naples continues to produce exceptional programmatic results year after year. The single most important result he has achieved is that over the past 10 years, under his tenure as Program Manager for Surface Ship Nuclear Propulsion, our Nation’s aircraft carriers have been consistently available to accomplish their missions while deployed, without exception. The importance of this result cannot be overstated, and achieving it required extraordinary dedication and focus. Mr. Naples is the Nation’s recognized go-to executive leader for aircraft carrier maintenance, providing engaged executive leadership of the budgeting, scheduling, planning and execution of over 8,000 man-years of annual aircraft carrier maintenance, repair, modernization, overhaul and refueling work.
Mr. Naples has demonstrated extraordinary executive leadership in stressful situations. For example, following the 2011 Japan earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima reactor accident, he served in a key leadership role as part of the Navy’s response. This effort involved an intense 6-week shift work effort to coordinate all aspects of the Navy’s response. Mr. Naples’ key efforts as part of the Navy’s leadership team helped to save lives and reduce the overall impact of the Fukushima accident.
Mr. Naples has provided remarkable executive leadership of Navy aircraft carriers operations and maintenance for the last decade. He consistently shows passionate commitment and strategic vision to ensure the safety and reliability of the Nuclear Navy to respond to critical situations and defend the Nation’s interests anywhere in the world.

Todd A. Shrader: Manager, Carlsbad Field Office, Office of Environmental Management

 Todd A. Shrader: Manager, Carlsbad Field Office, Office of Environmental Management
Todd Shrader was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive for his sustained accomplishments as the Manager of the Department of Energy (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office in the Office of Environmental Management (EM). Mr. Shrader has demonstrated leadership and sustained technical and programmatic accomplishments with a commitment to public service throughout his 27 years of exemplary Federal service.
In 2012, Mr. Shrader entered the Senior Executive Service ranks as the Director of the Office of Waste Treatment Plant and Tank Farm Projects in EM. In this role, he led the development of a new strategy on behalf of the Secretary of Energy for the treatment of the Hanford site’s radioactive waste, which was left over from decades of nuclear weapons production activities and stored in 177 aging underground tanks. This new strategy was intended to begin waste treatment activities at least 15 years before the overall Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant is expected to be completed. This approach allowed for the fastest environmental risk reduction by stabilizing the waste most vulnerable to leaking into the soil and migrating to the water table. Mr. Shrader led efforts to develop legal and programmatic strategies for litigation at Hanford that resulted in the court extending deadlines for the required work without increasing the scope of work that could cost the taxpayers additional hundreds of millions of dollars with no meaningful risk reduction.
Since 2015, Mr. Shrader has been leading the recovery efforts at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant as the Manager of the DOE Carlsbad Field Office. At Carlsbad, he leads a staff of 60 Federal and over 1,000 contractor personnel, with a budget of over $300 million per year. In December 2016, Mr. Shrader’s leadership resulted in the authorization of the restart of the Nation’s only permanent geologic repository for disposal of nuclear waste in accordance with DOE’s target date. Mr. Shrader successfully reopened this vital facility after refocusing the workforce on critical issues and building a culture that focuses on completing work safely and with the needed quality. The restart has allowed for the resumption of transuranic waste shipments from around the DOE complex that are critical to the environmental clean-up of DOE sites and the national defense and non-proliferation missions of the Department.

William “Ike” White: Chief of Staff and Associate Principal Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration

 William “Ike” White: Chief of Staff and Associate Principal Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration
William “Ike” White was awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive for his sustained accomplishments as the Chief of Staff and Associate Principal Deputy Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). When he took over as Chief of Staff in 2014, NNSA was ranked near the bottom of approximately 300 agency sub-components in the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. On behalf of the Administrator and Principal Deputy, Mr. White championed NNSA efforts to improve workforce engagement and developed and promoted consistent, collaborative teamwork within the NNSA executive leadership team. The outcome of these efforts can be seen globally in significant improvements to NNSA’s performance across major projects and programs and to steady and significant improvements in the engagement and morale of the workforce. By 2017, NNSA was in the top half of agency sub-components.
He has been extraordinarily effective as NNSA’s “chief firefighter,” resolving a broad range of complex challenges and issues that impede effective operations across the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise. In 2015, he led a broader NNSA effort with NNSA plants and laboratories to initiate a new internal process to incentivize, track and monitor efficiencies across NNSA. He led NNSA efforts to ensure effective coordination, communications and training for a broad range of labor relations and contractor human resources issues involving NNSA’s 40,000-person plant and laboratory workforce. Also, he provided leadership to resolve difficult safety and security challenges impacting NNSA’s mission that involved other parts of Department of Energy (DOE) and external stakeholders.
As the Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety and Health in 2012-2014, Mr. White led efforts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the office. He championed the development of new procedures to implement quality management standard ISO 9001. He worked with regulators to implement a new regulatory approach for the certification of medical doctors for the security program and worked with NNSA sites to minimize the impact on their certification processes. He also worked closely with other policy offices in the Department to streamline DOE’s safety-related Orders and Directives, ensuring they were effective, but also efficient.
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