“For astonishing innovations in tracking fundamental particles and adaptations of them to recover vital historic sound recordings, thereby enabling cultures around the world to hear again their traditional songs and verses.”
“In recognition of life‐long leadership and innovation in the area of laser science and technology, groundbreaking contributions that transformed the field of analytical chemistry, and for 35 years of dedicated service to the Lab.”
2017 Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement
“For seminal and lasting contributions to building and guiding multiple major programs at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.”
“For extraordinary achievements in operations enabling the successful establishment of the Life Sciences Division and the Energy Technologies Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.”
“For the development of a world-leading atomic-resolution electron tomography research and user program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.”
“For work that is contributing to revolutionizing the field of plant biology, synthetic biology and metabolic engineering, while supporting key Berkeley Lab missions related to energy, sustainability and human health.”
“In recognition of his tireless efforts to ensure the DOE Joint Genome Institute’s integration into the Biosciences Area, the successful recruitment of a new JGI Director, and towards the strategic co-localization of JGI and KBase at the Integrative Genomics Building.”
“For her leadership in building an outstanding safety culture at the DOE Joint Genome Institute.”
“For his efforts to ensure that our workplace and research activities are safe, and for modeling exemplary behavior in promoting a culture of electrical safety throughout the Laboratory.”
“For a sustained and impressive commitment to scientific outreach in the local community.”
“For her selfless and tireless efforts as an exemplary ambassador of science and goodwill, engaging new and emerging scientists around the globe, and sharing knowledge that improves others’ lives.”
“For her promotion of LGBTQ inclusion at Berkeley Lab, for her work to make the Lab a welcoming workplace for people of all communities, and her efforts to raise awareness of the Lab’s progress in diversity and inclusion.”
“Margaret Torn designed powerful experiments in California and Alaska and employed novel, multi-scale observing systems under challenging field conditions to document unexpectedly large soil CO2 and CH4 production in response to climate signals.”
“For over 20 years, Jon raised the profile of Berkeley Lab’s leadership in computer science, math, supercomputing and networking. His outreach to local schools elevated the Lab’s reputation in the community and created opportunities for students interested in science.”
“For exceptional efforts to link Berkeley Lab science and scientists with local young people, and to help train a future scientific workforce that truly represents the diversity of the Bay Area.”
BUNMI ADESOLA, ARIAN AGHAJANZADEH, JINGJING LIU, WILLIAM C. MILLER, PRAKASH RAO, PAUL SHEAFFER, PETER THERKELSEN, VESTAL TUTTEROW, CHRISTINE WU
“For research of barriers limiting adoption of ISO 50001 energy management business practices and development of the ISO 50001 energy and CO2 impacts methodology, which resulted in national and corporate commitments at Clean Energy Ministerial meetings and national efficiency programs.”
“Sam Saxena’s diligence, flexibility, and intense interest in technology transfer and customer discovery have transitioned his software from the world of grid research to a consumer app that encourages EV and other fuel-efficient car purchases.”
SAMUEL FERNANDES, JESSICA GRANDERSON, GUANJING LIN, ROBIN MITCHELL
“Berkeley Lab is pleased to recognize the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division’s Retro-commissioning Sensor Suitcase Commercialization Team with the 2017 Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in Technology Transfer.”
For scientific advances and leadership in studying materials surface and interfaces for energy applications and the development of requisite in-situ characterization tools
2016 Director’s Awards for Exceptional Achievement
For his impressive ability to tackle any problem that came to Berkeley Lab, always contributing generously, effectively and with great devotion to the institution over the course of his long career.
For the exceptional goals he accomplished in the areas of improving resource management and efficiency, for his success in forming partnerships across organizational/departmental boundaries and for his significant contributions to the DOE system.
For sustained and exceptional efforts in software architecture and technical management that have helped science projects meet key objectives and deliverables, and increased the visibility of lab science programs to DOE and the scientific community.
For innovations that will enable the transformation of the field of plant synthetic biology while providing novel approaches for crop engineering to support Berkeley Lab and DOE’s missions related to sustainability, food and energy.
For the conception, design, and implementation of the OpenMSI system, an award-winning exemplary cross-divisional effort that enables breakthrough science through a combination of technologies for data and computing.
Early Scientific Career: HARUKO WAINWRIGHT
For pioneering zonation-based estimation methodologies, with a focus on novel approaches that use geophysical data and their application to DOE challenges in environmental remediation, carbon cycle, and water resources.
Operations: F$M PHASE IIA PROJECT TEAM
ELIJAH WALKER, III
For successfully leading and delivering a comprehensive re-implementation of LBNL’s financial system and reporting data warehouse on schedule, in scope and within budget, which provides improved financial information, services and risk mitigation to support the Lab’s research mission.
Operations/Safety: WANG HALL (CRT PROJECT) ENERGIZATION TEAM
The safe and successful energization of Wang Hall and the Cori computer was made possible by the close teamwork and integration of contributors from across NERSC, Facilities, EH&S, Protective Services and Procurement.
For outstanding contributions to the dissemination of Berkeley Lab science locally, nationally and globally to the public, students, scientists and other stakeholders, and for significant efforts to extend outreach activities to underrepresented minorities.
For elucidating the structure and function of the complex macromolecular machine affecting the initiation of transcription – a fundamental cellular process and major point of gene expression regulation – using cryo-electron microscopy.
For the development of Synchrotron Infrared Nano-Spectroscopy (SINS).
For exemplary efforts to enhance microbiome research across Berkeley Lab and the nation, for crafting a vision for microbiome research that integrates Biosciences and Earth and Environmental Science Areas, and for their important contribution to the formulation of the national microbiome initiative.
For their contributions to solving the 2015 Aliso Canyon well blowout disaster in Southern California, and to making future natural gas storage profoundly safer through their insistence that regulations require two or more barriers to contain gas pressure in wells.
For giving hope for a cure to Alzheimer’s Disease through pioneering studies elucidating its mechanisms, differentiating its symptoms from normal aging, developing clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, and communicating this work to the public.
With diligence, resourcefulness and entrepreneurial skill, the CinderBio team transitioned basic enzyme research into green, efficient, cost-effective and sustainable replacements for harsh chemicals used in industrial processes.
In recognition of his efforts to develop industrially-relevant technology and transfer it out of Berkeley Lab for commercialization, and his recent leadership in fostering entrepreneurial mindset and skills among Berkeley Lab researchers.
2015 Berkeley Lab Prize – Lifetime Achievement Award