A three-dimensional (3D) printing device developed by Lawrence Livermore optical engineer Bryan Moran garnered a 2015 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Far West Region Award for Outstanding Technology Development. Large-Area Projection Microstereolithography (LAPμSL) combines the advantages of laser-based stereolithography—large-area processing and speed—along with the strengths of digital light processing stereolithography—fine details and speed. LAPμSL uses optical techniques to write images in parallel, as opposed to conventional approaches that require either mechanical stage moves or the rastering of beams to expose pixels in series. The result is the ability to rapidly produce very small features over large areas. Many applications would benefit from the capability to create complex shapes and small features, including medical devices, dentistry, and microfluidics.
Fusion Power Associates (FPA) selected Livermore nuclear engineer Susana Reyes as the recipient of its 2015 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Award. The FPA also presented a Special Award to Livermore fusion scientist Wayne Meier. FPA Excellence in Fusion Engineering Awards have been given annually since 1987, in memory of MIT Professor David Rose, to recognize researchers in the relatively early part of their careers who have shown both technical accomplishment and the potential to become exceptionally influential leaders in the fusion field. Reyes is cited for “the leadership she has been providing to both magnetic and inertial fusion efforts in many areas, including safety and licensing, tritium systems, and power plant designs.” FPA noted “the important role she played in the National Academy’s Panel on Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems and as chair of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Fusion Energy Division.” FPA Special Awards have been given periodically since 1980 to recognize individuals who have made a special contribution to the cause of fusion power development. Meier’s award recognizes his “many contributions to advancing the science, technology, and integrated assessments of potential fusion power plants, and for broad support of the fusion community in leadership positions within the ANS and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,” as well as his role on journal editorial boards.