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Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight features women and men from across the Laboratory to recognize employees and showcase the institution's wealth and diversity of personal and professional backgrounds, interests, and talents.
  • Gene Ortega

    Gene Ortega—The eyes have it

    ​​Painting with a style that mixes chaos and refinement, Gene Ortega has found a way to blend his technical and artistic sides. 5/4/16

  • Ian Tregillis

    Ian Tregillis—Master of Alternate Worlds

    Laboratory physicist creates intricate alternate worlds in a series of genre-bending science fiction novels3/29/16

  • Deirdre Monroe

    Deirdre Monroe—If you map it, they will come

    During her spare time, Lab engineer and endurance rider Deirdre Monroe helped make Santa Fe's Caja del Rio plateau more accessible for hikers, rock climbers, mountain bikers and equestrian trail riders.11/2/15

  • Alina Deshpande

    Alina Deshpande—Dances of India

    Lab scientist Alina Deshpande teaches classical Indian dance and writes, produces, directs and choreographs an annual benefit performance in Los Alamos. 9/29/15

  • James Hunter

    James Hunter—Discovering Oz

    James Hunter helped discover a new section of Carlsbad Caverns National Park's famous Lechuguilla Cave.9/15/15

  • John Bacik

    John Bacik—Enzyme detective

    Molecular biology postdoc John Bacik studies enzymes that are key to biofuel production.8/25/15

  • Leon Lopez

    Leon Lopez—Split-second decisions

    When not at work, Leon Lopez referees high school and college basketball games.8/11/15

  • Hai Ah Nam

    Hai Ah Nam-The power of yes

    Hai Ah Nam is passionate about saying yes to opportunities, collaborations and new adventures, regardless of which profession one is in.7/28/15

  • Michelle Ferran—Painting from the heart

    Michelle Ferran—Painting from the heart

    The Lab’s Michelle Ferran used to stack her vibrant watercolor paintings under her bed. But when she finally gained enough confidence to participate in the Española Valley Arts Festival’s poster contest in 2001, one of her paintings immediately won first prize.6/30/15

  • Max Schulze

    Max Schulze—Extreme unicycling

    The unicycle that Los Alamos student intern Max Schulze and his brother had given their dad for Father’s Day in 2005 did not get much use until Schulze tried it and got hooked. Today, he is a three-time unicycling world champion, with world wins in New Zealand in 2010, Italy in 2012 and Canada in 2014. 6/9/15

  • Denise Neudecker

    Denise Neudecker—A different kind of culture shock

    Working with the Laboratory’s nuclear experimentalists provides the Theoretical Division’s Denise Neudecker with insights into their research, and she also looks to the experimentalists to shed light on previous approaches to nuclear experiments.5/18/15

  • Jason Halladay

    Jason Halladay—Ascending one of the world's highest active volcanoes

    At 1:00 a.m. on a June 2014 trip, the Network and Infrastructure Engineering Division’s Jason Halladay and four of his rock climbing and mountaineering friends, including Aron Ralston of “127 hours” fame, step from a rental van into the darkness and howling winds of a barren parking lot 15,092 ft high in South America's Andes mountain range. 5/4/15

  •  Alessandro Cattaneo

    Alessandro Cattaneo—One thing leads to another

    The first time the Laboratory’s post-doctoral mechanical engineer Alessandro Cattaneo arrived in the United States from his native Italy, he was a regular tourist taking a road trip through the American West with three Italian friends. 4/12/15

  • Sim Balkey

    Sim Balkey—On the way up

    The “kid who has the goods” has been quite busy lately. Just ahead of the MusicRow review he celebrated the release of his new CD, Messin’ Around, with a CD release party in Albuquerque on March 13, and before then he was in the national limelight performing in Nashville on February 24.4/6/15

  • Denise Thronas

    Denise Thronas—Balancing family, pueblo life and a career

    Denise Thronas lives in Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (formerly San Juan) and during her morning drive to Los Alamos often reflects on how the women in her family have balanced their family and community life with the ability to seek varying levels of education and earn a living.3/23/15

  • Janice Lovato

    Janice Lovato—A gift for imagination

    The Associate Directorate for Nuclear and High Hazard Operations’ Janice Lovato has turned her love for nature-watching and story-telling into writing a children’s book called Germaine the Beetle.3/10/15

  • Glen Wurden

    Glen Wurden—What you can see from your driveway

    The Physics Division’s Glen Wurden marvels at celestial objects 300 trillion kilometers (180 million trillion—or 180 quintillion—miles) from his house.2/18/15

  • Bryant Roybal

    Bryant Roybal—Champion chile

    The Associate Directorate for Project Management’s Bryant Roybal has been a chile competition contestant ever since entering the Hot Chili Days, Cool Mountain Nights Cookoff in Red River in 2011 and immediately taking first prize.2/18/15

  • Elena Giorgi

    Elena Giorgi—Murder mysteries with a twist of science

    Chimeras is Giorgi’s first murder mystery, followed by Mosaics, and Gene Cards, a futuristic thriller that imagines a world without genetic privacy.2/18/15

  • Amy Ross

    Amy Ross—Helping kids soar high

    The Materials Science and Technology Division’s Amy Ross is a volunteer pilot and coordinator for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program.1/9/15

  • Phil and Monica Noll

    Phil & Monica Noll—Photography worthy of the Smithsonian

    One of Phil Noll’s photos received the honor of being shown at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.12/1/14

  • Christina Martos Hilton

    Christina Martos Hilton—The shared experience of music

    The Intelligence Analysis and Technology Division's Christina Martos Hilton studied opera with world-renowned opera singer Placido Domingo.11/5/14

  • A.J. Herrera

    A.J. Herrera—Coaching soccer as a family affair

    Angelo (A.J.) Herrera, by day a financial analyst in the Laboratory's Chief Financial Officer Division, was part of the U.S. Youth National Soccer Team from 1996 to 2000, including the Youth Olympics in Moscow, and today coaches soccer in his spare time.10/22/14

  • Sheila Armstrong

    Sheila Armstrong—Helping hospice patients and their loved ones say good-bye

    Sheila Armstrong of the X Theoretical Design Division began her Laboratory career in 1972 but in the 1990s took a break and trained to become a hospice volunteer.10/7/14

  • Darleen Vigil

    Darleen Vigil—Growing Chimayó chile

    As soon as Darleen Vigil comes home from a hard day’s work as a vendor liaison specialist in the Laboratory’s Network and Infrastructure Engineering Division, she heads into her garden to tend to her vegetables.9/23/14

  • Ron Barber

    Ron Barber—The hobby that got out of hand

    Ron Barber, a mechanical engineer in the Laboratory’s Accelerator Operations and Technology Division, combines his love of nature and open spaces with a personal interest in researching the astronomical knowledge of long-ago civilizations that once inhabited the American Southwest.9/9/14

  • Michael Torrez

    Michael Torrez—Tracing family lineages to colonial New Mexico

    Michael Torrez, by day a research technologist in the Laboratory's Materials Physics and Applications Division, spends much of his free time researching New Mexico's family histories.8/26/14

  • Jon Engle

    Jonathan Engle—Saving lives with nuclear energy

    Jonathan (Jon) Engle, Reines Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratory, is helping lay the scientific groundwork for a new and improved cancer treatment that uses the energy produced by radioactive isotopes.8/14/14

  • Helicopter releasing red fire retardant

    Kristen Honig—The evolution of a wildfire photographer

    Honig realized that she wanted to document the beauty and destructiveness of wildfires and the sacrifices, challenges and camaraderie of the men and women protecting communities in the path of scorching blazes.6/24/14

  • José Valdez

    José Valdez—Cherishing classic cars

    Find José Valdez in his garage, intensely focused on his hobby of refurbishing classic cars, preferably from the 1930s to early 1960s. 6/24/14

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