Lawrence Livermore physicist Manyalibo (Ibo) Matthews has been elected a fellow of the Optical Society (OSA). He was recognized for his “outstanding contributions and sustained leadership in the field of high-power laser-induced damage science, laser–material interactions, and processing and vibrational spectroscopy–based materials characterization.” Matthews joined the Laboratory in 2006 and serves as the deputy group leader for Optical Materials and Target Science in the Materials Science Division of the Physical and Life Sciences Directorate.
OSA fellows are selected on various criteria, such as a record of significant publications or patents related to optics, achievements in optics, management ability, and service to OSA or the global optics community. The number of OSA fellows is limited to less than 10 percent of the total OSA membership, and the number elected each year is less than 0.5 percent of the current membership total.
John Taylor, former Livermore group leader for Precision Engineering, was presented with the American Society for Precision Engineering’s (ASPE’s) Distinguished Service Award for his continued dedication to supporting fellow engineers. He was honored for his efforts in shepherding technologies that he believed were essential for the country and in maintaining the vitality of the organization. Taylor has served as the director-at-large, secretary, vice president, and president of ASPE during his 31-year membership with the society.
A Lawrence Livermore team’s dramatically improved first-principles molecular dynamics code that promises to enable new computer simulation applications was one of the finalists for the 2016 Gordon Bell Prize. The team, which included lead Jean-Luc Fattebert and members Daniel Osei-Kuffuor, Erik Draeger, Tadashi Ogitsu, and William Krauss, presented its groundbreaking project at the 2016 Supercomputing Conference (SC16).
Molecular dynamics has become one of the principal methods for studying the movement of atoms and molecules in complex systems and has broad application in chemistry, physics, materials science, biology, and medicine. The team’s project was initially funded by Livermore’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program and continues to be supported through the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration.
The Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies conference series has awarded Lawrence Livermore’s Samuel (Julio) Friedmann with a Greenman Award. Friedmann was recognized for his tireless efforts to promote carbon capture and storage, particularly at large scale. This award is given to those who have made career-scale impact on the management of carbon dioxide removal, storage, and utilization.
Friedmann serves as the senior advisor for Energy Innovation at the Laboratory and is working with high-level managers on Mission Innovation—a flagship initiative to dramatically accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy innovations.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been honored with a Gold 2016 Optimas Award for Recruiting from Workforce Magazine. The award recognized the Laboratory for excellence in its military internship programs, specifically, the Military Academic Research Associates program, the ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) Internship program, and the Newly Commissioned Officer program.
Workforce Magazine bestows the Optimas awards each year for human resources and workforce management initiatives that achieve business results. Management professionals nominate their own initiatives, which are then chosen by the magazine’s editors. Optimas awards are given out in multiple categories. The recruiting award honors organizations that have developed and implemented an innovative and effective recruitment initiative that helped the organization source, attract, and recruit job candidates.