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April 2023 PSE Employees of the Month

Banerjee, Divan, Eckstein, Gosztola, Koritala, Rozhkova, Shevchenko, Stan and Vriza recognized as April 2023 PSE Employees of the Month

The Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Employees of the Month program recognizes individuals based on the excellence of their work and demonstration of Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity and Teamwork.

April 2023 PSE Employee of the Month — Operations category

  • David Eckstein (PSE) was recently tasked with collecting data on the use of tools in the Argonne Cleanroom (ACR). Eckstein was able to efficiently gather and organize the data for the report within a short deadline to meet the immediate need. He exceeded the request by supplying multiple years of data on ACR use, which enabled management to view growth trends and helped demonstrate the impact that the ACR is having across the lab. Eckstein’s work demonstrates the Core Values of Impact and Teamwork.

April 2023 PSE Employees of the Month – Programmatic category

  • Progna Banerjee, Ralu Divan, David Gosztola, Rachel Koritala, Elena Rozhkova, Elena Shevchenko, Liliana Stan and Aikaterini Vriza, all members of the Nanoscience and Technology (NST) division, recently assisted at Argonne’s annual Science Careers in Search of Women conference. The conference offers female high school students an opportunity to explore the world of STEM research. This team of volunteers supported the conference with several nanotechnology-related activities throughout the day including tours at the Center for Nanoscale Materials, a nanotechnology booth with demonstrations, and a scientific nanotechnology panel where participants could interact with scientists and ask questions regarding their career track and daily responsibilities. This group demonstrated the Core Values of Impact, Respect and Teamwork.

Each month, the PSE Associate Laboratory Director and Division Directors review PSE Employees of the Month nominations and select recipients. All Argonne employees are eligible for nomination, including people within PSE and those who work with PSE. All PSE staff, postdocs and students are welcome to submit nominations.

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