Pantex Tech Transfer Inaugural Awards
Honoring technological advancements made at Pantex
AMARILLO, Texas – Seventeen Pantexans were recently recognized for their creativity and innovative spirit during the inaugural Pantex Technology Transfer Awards ceremony. The honorees submitted various innovative ideas and inventions that have led to the development of new capabilities in support of the ongoing mission at Pantex.
The awards range from workers who submitted an idea for an invention, to those who submitted a full invention disclosure to be considered for a patent application. Often times, the inventions created here and at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, result in savings that can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars and in some cases, result in the technology being transferred and used in the private sector.
In addition, there were special awards for four Pantexans who received the “Government Use Award” which includes a cash award and plaque. These awards were given to those whose inventions or copyrighted work had significant value to the Department of Energy or other Government Agencies in regards to cost, schedule, or technical impact. Those awards went to Tek Ferguson, Adam Myers, Guadalupe Rivero, and Chris Petmecky.
Consolidated Nuclear Security Deputy Enterprise Manager, Michelle Reichert told the award recipients, “We issued the challenge to take your ideas a step further and you did. In many cases, they have been applied to other industries. You have created value through the DOE and NNSA with what you do.” She added, “Most importantly, we are here to honor you. Your creativity, ingenuity and innovations.”
Those honored at the awards ceremony include: Dan Chisum, Chris Foster, Alan Harrison, Cheri Harrison, Brian Harlow, David Hattz, Jack Holy, Shane Laurent, Brad Maples, Amanda Morgan, Chris Petmecky, Richard Ray, Roger Robertson, Wayne Rodin, Juan Rodriguez, Stephanie Steelman, and Jeff Yokum.
CNS manages and operates the Pantex Plant and Y-12. A central Technology Transfer Program Office manages the commercialization and partnership efforts for both sites.
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS) operates the Pantex Plant, located in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, under a single contract for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Pantex and Y-12 are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, and CNS performs its work with a focus on the performance excellence and the imperatives of safety, security, zero defects and delivery as promised.
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