the first time in its history, the American Optical Society
has awarded a fellowship posthumously. The society elected Howard
Powell, a long-time Livermore researcher who died last November,
as a fellow, recognizing him for seminal contributions
to the research and development of high-energy, high-peak-power,
and high-average-power solid-state lasers for inertial confinement
fusion, military applications and commercial utilization.
The society also organized
a Howard Powell Memorial Symposium on High Peak Power Laser Technology,
which took place in May at the societys Conference on Lasers
and Electro-Optics in Baltimore, Maryland.
worked at Livermore for 27 years. His numerous positions included
being program leader of Laser Science and Technology. He also
worked on the Nova, National Ignition Facility, and Petawatt laser
projects. He was a corecipient of three R&D 100 Awards for
Dave Cooper, former
associate director for Computation, has received the Department
of Energys highest civilian recognition, the Distinguished
Associate Award. Cooper was presented with the award in May
during a meeting of the Presidents Information Technology
Advisory Committee (PITAC) in Washington, D. C.
The award honors Coopers
leadership of the DOE-National Nuclear Security Administrations
Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative, the effort to simulate
nuclear weapons performance with computer models. The citation
on Coopers plaque reads: In recognition of your outstanding
leadership in high-performance computing. Your dedication to developing
the advanced applications and high-performance computing platforms
required for NNSA programs was instrumental in ensuring the nations
security and advancing the frontiers in scientific computing.
Although he stepped down
from his Laboratory duties
for health reasons, Cooper continues to serve on PITAC, which
was created by an act of Congress to study a variety of information
technology issues, from how access to government can be transformed
through information technology to developing open-source software
to advance high-end computing.