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August 2022 PSE Employees of the Month

Dahlberg, Brito, Burtwistle, Dunn, Letcher, Luecke, McIntyre and Worsham are recognized as August 2022 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.

August 2022 PSE Employees of the Month — Operations category

  • Paulette Dahlberg led the effort to arrange candidate interviews for an open position within the Materials Science division. She obtained permissions, arranged travel and gate passes, and saw the process through from start to finish with minimal input. The interview process was completed thanks in part to her teamwork and initiative.

August 2022 PSE Employees of the Month — Programmatic category

  • Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS) Operators Henry Brito, Samantha Burtwistle, Gavin Dunn, Eric Letcher, Leland Luecke, Megan McIntyre, and Kenzie Worsham worked for five days on a user experiment attempting to measure the content of samples. Accelerator Mass Spectroscopy (AMS) experiments require frequent reconfigurations of the accelerator, and these are points that can introduce errors into the experiment. The group understood the situation and worked nearly flawlessly to avoid errors. They ensured the user’s desired configuration was installed and set up properly while simultaneously coordinating with the Physics division’s Ion Source group to monitor source operation. Users typically bring more samples than they expect to get done, but the ATLAS Operators were so thorough and efficient that the user successfully collected data on all the samples. The operators have embodied the Core Value of 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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