Performance Recognition Awards go to employees

Fermilab recently recognized a group of dedicated employees for their outstanding contributions with Exceptional Performance Recognition Awards. The employees were nominated by their divisions and sections for the awards. Fermilab Director Nigel Lockyer handed out the awards at a reception on Sept. 19.

2019 Employee Performance Recognition Award recipients. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Accelerator Division

Nigel Lockyer, Robert Ainsworth, Mary Convery

Robert Ainsworth

For outstanding performance as run coordinator in meeting beam delivery goals under challenging conditions.

Robert Albrecht

​For completion of the construction project to convert the CZero Assembly Building into the Remote Handling and Storage Facility so as to accommodate large devices from the Fermilab target stations after they have concluded their operating lives.

Matthew Alvarez

For his noteworthy leadership and organization skills while serving as co-leader of the Engineering Advisory Council.

Nigel Lockyer, Kris Anderson, Mary Convery

Kris Anderson

​​For establishing a low-cost 3-D printing program used by the division and beyond that has led to significant cost savings.

Daniel Bowring

For leadership in advancing Fermilab’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, serving as an ambassador within the Accelerator Division for Energy I-Corps and serving as an instructor for Fermilab’s Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Practicum.

Cervando Castro

For completion of the construction project to convert the CZero Assembly Building into the Remote Handling and Storage Facility so as to accommodate large devices from the Fermilab target stations after they have concluded their operating lives.

Nigel Lockyer, Darren Crawford, Mary Convery

Darren Crawford

​For his extraordinary effort during construction and commissioning of FAST linac and IOTA ring.

Nigel Lockyer, Cory Crowley, Mary Convery

Cory Crowley

​​For completion of the construction project to convert the CZero Assembly Building into the Remote Handling and Storage Facility so as to accommodate large devices from the Fermilab target stations after they have concluded their operating lives.

Nigel Lockyer, John Diamond, Mary Convery

John Diamond

For his diligence and hard work in developing a new Linux real-time operating system.

Nigel Lockyer, Dean Edstrom, Mary Convery

Dean Edstrom

​For his extraordinary effort during construction and commissioning of the IOTA ring.

Nigel Lockyer, Consolato Gattuso, Mary Convery

Consolato Gattuso

For his significant contribution to ensure the completion of the BNB canopy. Cons served as the project manager and effectively led the team through significant challenges to complete the work and reduce tritium risk to ground water.

Nigel Lockyer, Kyle Hazelwood, Mary Convery

Kyle Hazelwood

For his exceptional performance of the design and implementation of accelerator automation.

Nigel Lockyer, Patrick Karns, Mary Convery

Patrick Karns

​For outstanding performance as run coordinator in meeting beam delivery goals under challenging conditions.

Nigel Lockyer, Jerry Leibfritz, Mary Convery

Jerry Leibfritz

For his extraordinary effort managing the construction of IOTA ring and FAST facility.

Nigel Lockyer, Mark Obrycki, Mary Convery

Mark Obrycki

​For his extraordinary effort during construction and commissioning of the IOTA ring.

Nigel Lockyer, Andrea Saewert, Mary Convery

Andrea Saewert

For her exceptional performance improving the reliability of the accelerator instrumentation.

Salman Tariq

​Salman Tariq provided leadership for the LBNF beamline during a period of changes in the beamline project manager role in 2018-19, including serving as interim beamline project manager for five months. He has been exceptionally effective in keeping the beamline team engaged and focused on progressing the design, reducing risk, and finalizing requirements and interfaces ahead of baselining, which is critical to LBNF success.​

Applied Phyiscs and Superconducting Technology Division

Nigel Lockyer, Paolo Berrutti, Sergey Belomestnykh

Paolo Berrutti

For his key role in the design, procurement, commissioning and first successful experiments on plasma processing in SRF cavities to tackle the field emission in situ.

Nigel Lockyer, Ram Dhuley, Sergey Belomestnykh, Cherri Schmidt

Ram Dhuley

For exceptional cryogenic leadership during the development and commissioning of a unique cryocooler-cooled SRF cavity test stand, which demonstrated a continuous-wave accelerating gradient. The development of this technology has wide-reaching impact for expanded usage of SRF accelerator technologies outside the high-energy physics reaserch community. Also, this IARC-based team took the lead with other experts at Fermilab to successfully demonstrate the first successful accelerating gradient of a conduction-cooled, Nb3Sn-coated, superconducting, radio-frequency cavity. This breakthrough builds on the strengths of Fermilab’s expertise and establishes for the first time the very real possibility of low-cost, medium-energy, high-power, compact superconducting RF accelerator for industrial use. This accomplishment celebrates the discovery science and innovation mission of Fermilab.

Nigel Lockyer, Joseph Hurd, Sergey Belomestnykh

Joseph Hurd

For his extraordinary effort in cryogenic operations at FAST facility.

Nigel Lockyer, Fred Lewis, Sergey Belomestnykh

Fred Lewis

For exceptional performance leading and delivering high-quality instrumentation and comprehensive documentation for the LCLS-II cryomodule fabrication and reworks.

Nigel Lockyer, Martina Martinello, Sergey Belomestnykh

Martina Martinello

For her key role in the design, procurement, commissioning and first successful experiments on plasma processing in SRF cavities to tackle the field emission in situ and for the introduction of several innovative techniques allowing us to gain a new important insight into the physics and materials science of SRF cavities.

Igor Novitski

The 15-T Nb3Sn dipole demonstrator is the flagship of the low-temperature high-field magnet R&D in the U.S. Magnet Development Program. This demonstrator is a step toward dipole R&D for a 100-TeV proton-proton collider. A team of Magnet Sector scientists, engineers and technicians assembled the demonstrator with field prestress for reaching 14-T field. The magnet reached 14.1 T at 4.5 K. This is the highest field achieved at Fermilab with a superconducting dipole and a new world record for a dipole with an accelerator-size aperture. The result was presented at FCC Week in Brussels in June, where it was received with strong interest from the international community.

Nigel Lockyer, Harry Parkhurst, Sergey Belomestnykh

Harry Parkhurst

For outstanding machining contributions to the SRF R&D program, and in particular for extracting ultraclean samples from SRF cavity walls, allowing obtaining a critical insight into the physics of the performance-defining surface characteristics.

Nigel Lockyer, Donato Passarelli, Sergey Belomestnykh

Donato Passarelli

​For his overall management of SSR1 cryomodule design, engineering validation and successful completion of the SSR1 string assembly.

Nigel Lockyer, Andrew Penhollow, Sergey Belomestnykh

Andrew Penhollow

For his key role in the design, procurement, commissioning and first successful experiments on plasma processing in SRF cavities to tackle the field emission in situ.

Nigel Lockyer, Tim Ring, Sergey Belomestnykh

Tim Ring

For design, fabrication and assembly the vacuum/purge manifold, preparation of the procedure, successful completion and leak checking of the SSR1 string assembly.

Nigel Lockyer, Allen Rusy, Sergey Belomestnykh

Allen Rusy

For mechanical assembly of the 15-T dipole, which reached a new world record for accelerator dipoles of 14.1 T.

Nigel Lockyer, Arun Saini, Sergey Belomestnykh

Arun Saini

For crucial contributions to development and maintaining of the PIP-II linac optics and his leading role in beam optics investigations in the PIP-II Injector Test, which includes simulations, experimental data analysis and interpretation.

Nigel Lockyer, Romesh Sood, Sergey Belomestnykh

Romesh Sood

For his dedicated efforts towards efficient and cost-saving management of construction/refurbishing projects at APS-TD.

Nigel Lockyer, Jan Szal, Sergey Belomestnykh

Jan Szal

For his work developing and for ongoing improvements of the electronic traveler system, Vector. This tool is used through all of APS-TD, along with IARC, Neutrino Division, Accelerator Division (for LCLS-II), and the three magnet labs (Fermilab, Berkeley Lab, Brookhaven Lab) working on the LHC Hi-Lumi upgrade.

Nigel Lockyer, Michael White, Sergey Belomestnykh

Michael White

​​For the successful construction of the ICARUS cryosystem and the testing and qualification of the cold vessels. A several-year process of getting the ICARUS cold vessels qualified and the cryosystem installed culminated this year with the successful pressure testing of the vessels and installation of the cryosystem.

Nigel Lockyer, Jeff Wittenkeller, Sergey Belomestnykh

Jeff Wittenkeller

For his exceptional performance during LCLS-II cryomodule production.

Xingchen Xu

For improving of the characteristics of Nb3Sn conductor using the artificial pinning center method and reaching FCC specifications at 16-T background field at 4.2 K.

Alexander Zlobin

​For design and leadership of the 15-T dipole demonstrator. The 14.1-T field in this accelerator dipole is a new world record.

Core Computing Division

Nigel Lockyer, Venu Bijumalla, Vanessa Peoples, Jon Bakken

Venu Bijumalla

Technical leadership, development, testing and training for the Advanced Procurement Cloud Service.

Nigel Lockyer, Udaya Manikonda, Vanessa Peoples, Jon Bakken

Udaya Manikonda

Project management and technical leadership for the Advanced Procurement Cloud Service, delivered on time and on budget.

Nigel Lockyer, Laura Mengel, Jon Bakken

Laura Mengel

Enhancing the DocDb document management service to support single sign-on.

Nigel Lockyer, Fang Wang, Vanessa Peoples, Jon Bakken

Fang Wang

Communications, testing, training and documentation for the Advanced Procurement Cloud Service.

Directorate

Nigel Lockyer, Michael Geelhoed, Cherri Schmidt, Tim Meyer

Michael Geelhoed

This IARC-based team took the lead with other experts at Fermilab to successfully demonstrate the first successful accelerating gradient of a conduction-cooled, Nb3SN-coated, superconducting, radio-frequency cavity. This breakthrough builds on the strengths of Fermilab’s expertise and establishes for the first time the very real possibility of low-cost, medium-energy, high-power, compact superconducting RF accelerator for industrial use. This accomplishment celebrates the discovery science and innovation mission of Fermilab.

Nigel Lockyer, Melissa Ormond, Tim Meyer

Melissa Ormond

For going beyond the call of duty to overhaul and then implement a new access control program for Fermilab with a focus on international visitors and changing DOE requirements. These efforts have largely been manual while automated systems are being designed and developed.

Nigel Lockyer, Richard Stanek

Richard Stanek

For his outstanding technical and leadership efforts. Richard’s tenacity and perseverance led to the successful execution of the LCLS-II project at Fermilab, delivering to SLAC SRF cryomodules that have set a new level of performance for an SRF accelerator.

Nigel Lockyer, Jayakar Thangaraj, Cherri Schmidt, Tim Meyer

Jayakar Thangaraj

This IARC-based team took the lead with other experts at Fermilab to successfully demonstrate the first successful accelerating gradient of a conduction-cooled, Nb3SN-coated, superconducting, radio-frequency cavity. This breakthrough builds on the strengths of Fermilab’s expertise and establishes for the first time the very real possibility of low-cost, medium-energy, high-power, compact superconducting RF accelerator for industrial use. This accomplishment celebrates the discovery science and innovation mission of Fermilab.

Environment, Health, Safety and Quality Section

Nigel Lockyer, John Anderson, Mike Bonkalski

John Anderson

For the successful construction of the ICARUS cryosystem and the testing and qualification of the cold vessels. A several-year process of getting the ICARUS cold vessels qualified and the cryosystem installed culminated this year with the successful pressure testing of the vessels and installation of the cryosystem.

Nigel Lockyer, Meka Francis, Mike Bonkalski

Meka Francis

Analysis of a significant number of environmental samples to characterize the tritium concentrations in the areas around and on top of MI-65. These samples are critical to understanding the distribution of tritium on the site and assuring that the lab does not exceed federal standards at our outfalls.

Nigel Lockyer, Kathy Graden, Mike Bonkalski

Kathy Graden

For work to successfully reduce the nuclear material inventory by shipping the laboratory’s entire lithium-6 inventory to Y-12 for processing. The level of effort required for managing and shipping nuclear materials is significant. She provided detailed information and thorough documentation to ensure the lithium-6 was safely shipped off site.

Nigel Lockyer, David Hockin, Mike Bonkalski

David Hockin

For work to successfully reduce the nuclear material inventory by shipping the laboratory’s entire lithium-6 inventory to Y-12 for processing. The level of effort required for managing and shipping nuclear materials is significant. He provided detailed information and thorough documentation to ensure the lithium-6 was safely shipped off site.

Nigel Lockyer, Ian Hoppie, Mike Bonkalski

Ian Hoppie

Analysis of a significant number of environmental samples to characterize the tritium concentrations in the areas around and on top of MI-65. These samples are critical to understanding the distribution of tritium on the site and assuring that the lab does not exceed federal standards at our outfalls.

Nigel Lockyer, Eric Korzeniowski, Mike Bonkalski

Eric Korzeniowski

Environmental sampling to characterize the tritium concentrations in the areas around and on top of MI-65. These samples are critical to understanding the distribution of tritium on the site and assuring that the lab does not exceed federal standards at our outfalls.

Facilities Engineering Services Section

Nigel Lockyer, John Kelly, Karen Kosky

John Kelly

Jack Kelly contributed an outstanding effort to stand up an entirely revised Property and Fleet Management Policy and Procedure Manual in 2019. The manual resulted in a three-year extension of certification of the lab’s Property Management System. The successful completion of this task also satisfied two FY 2018 PEMP corrective actions and is setting a new standard for expectations for property management at Fermilab.

Nigel Lockyer, Jennifer Thorson, Karen Kosky

Jennifer Thorson

Jenny Thorson contributed an outstanding effort to stand up an entirely revised Property and Fleet Management Policy and Procedure Manual in 2019. The manual resulted in a three-year extension of certification of the lab’s Property Management System. The successful completion of this task also satisfied two FY 2018 PEMP corrective actions and is setting a new standard for expectations for property management at Fermilab.

Finance Section

Nigel Lockyer, Gordon Bagby, Vanessa Peoples, Jon Bakken

Gordon Bagby

Oracle Procurement Cloud implementation.

Deborah Griffin

Oracle Procurement Cloud implementation.

Nigel Lockyer, Monika Lasota, Vanessa Peoples, Jon Bakken

Monika Lasota

Oracle Procurement Cloud implementation.

Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility

Nigel Lockyer, Kevin Fahey, Jolie Macier

Kevin Fahey

Since joining LBNF/DUNE as its quality assurance manager in 2016, Kevin Fahey has developed and implemented an exceptionally effective QA program that positions the project for baselining and already contributes to its success. Kevin’s guidance and leadership enabled the early use of a Construction Quality Management Program (modeled on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) by the LBNF team for construction at Sanford Lab and also contributed to the running of ProtoDUNE-SP at CERN.

Neutrino Division

Flavio Cavanna

For leadership of the Single-Phase ProtoDUNE. ProtoDUNE-SP is universally recognized as an outstanding success. Flavio and Gina Remeika deserves a great deal of the credit for that achievement.

Nigel Lockyer, Roza Doubnik, Peter Wilson

Roza Doubnik

A several-year process of getting the ICARUS cold vessels qualified and the cryosystem installed culminated this year with the successful pressure testing of the vessels and installation of the cryosystem. Roza was vital to making this happen.

Nigel Lockyer, Michael Geynisman, Steve Brice

Michael Geynisman

A several-year process of getting the ICARUS cold vessels qualified and the cryosystem installed culminated this year with the successful pressure testing of the vessels and installation of the cryosystem. Michael was vital to making this happen.

PIP-II Division

Nigel Lockyer, Traci Langford, Arkadiy Klebaner

Traci Langford

For her outstanding support of the PIP-II Division, including organizing the groundbreaking ceremony and executive board and international collaboration meetings.

Particle Physics Division

Nigel Lockyer, David Butler, Josh Frieman

David Butler

For his contribution to the DESI barrel and ADC rotator construction and testing.

Nigel Lockyer, Farah Fahim, Josh Frieman

Farah Fahim

For noteworthy leadership of the Engineering Advisory Council.

Nigel Lockyer, Humberto Gonzalez, Josh Frieman

Humberto Gonzalez

Bert Gonzalez led the fabrication of muon scanner prototype planes at SiDet that won an R&D 100 award for Fermilab.

Nigel Lockyer, Gaston Gutierrez, Josh Frieman

Gaston Gutierrez

For leading the design and construction of the top end of the Mayall telescope and for successfully working with Berkeley Lab as L2 manager for the DESI project.

Nigel Lockyer, James Hirschauer, Josh Frieman

James Hirschauer

​For outstanding leadership in the successful completion of the LHC CMS Detector Upgrade, the HB/HE Front-End Upgrade, while spearheading ASIC development at Fermilab in the context of the HL-LHC CMS Detector Upgrade.

Nigel Lockyer, Brendan Kiburg, Josh Frieman

Brendan Kiburg

For leadership in advancing Fermilab’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, serving as an ambassador within the Particle Physics Division for Energy I-Corps and serving as an instructor for Fermilab’s Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Practicum.

Nigel Lockyer, Ron Lipton, Josh Frieman

Ron Lipton

For leadership of the Muon Scanner Project, which won an R&D 100 Award for Fermilab.

Steven Nahn

For outstanding leadership of the LHC CMS Detector Upgrade Project, completed on schedule and on budget, delivering on the top priority of P5.

Nigel Lockyer, Todd Nebel, Josh Frieman

Todd Nebel

Todd Nebel is awarded an EPRA for his outstanding contributions to the test beam, in terms of creativity, safety and efficiency. He is a great ambassador of the Test Beam Program, and many users have benefited from his skills over the years.

Nigel Lockyer, Gary Smith, Josh Frieman

Gary Smith

For his excellent creativity and productivity on the ANNIE phase 2 project.

Nigel Lockyer, Andrew Sonnenschein, Josh Frieman

Andrew Sonnenschein

For leadership of ADMX operations and publication of the world-leading results in axion searches.

Scientific Computing Division

Nigel Lockyer, Eric Flumerfelt, Jim Amundson

Eric Flumerfelt

For development of the artdaq data acquisition system, which was critical to the successful ProtoDUNE data taking run at CERN in fall 2018.

Nigel Lockyer, John Freeman, Jim Amundson

John Freeman

For development of the artdaq data acquisition system, which was critical to the successful ProtoDUNE data taking run at CERN in fall 2018.

Nigel Lockyer, Kenneth Herner, Jim Amundson

Kenneth Herner

For successful international data movement and processing for ProtoDUNE’s single-phase experiment campaign. The work was especially notable for establishing cross-institutional data authentication and transfer protocols, which set the stage for the upcoming multicountry DUNE project.

Nigel Lockyer, Robert Illingworth, Jim Amundson

Robert Illingworth

For successful international data movement and processing for ProtoDUNE’s single-phase experiment campaign. The work was especially notable for establishing cross-institutional data authentication and transfer protocols, which set the stage for the upcoming multicountry DUNE project.

Nigel Lockyer, Wesley Ketchum, Jim Amundson

Wesley Ketchum

For development of the artdaq data acquisition system, which was critical to the successful ProtoDUNE data taking run at CERN in fall 2018.

Nigel Lockyer, Gennadiy Lukhanin, Jim Amundson

Gennadiy Lukhanin

For development of the artdaq data acquisition system, which was critical to the successful ProtoDUNE data taking run at CERN in fall 2018.

Nigel Lockyer, Marc Mengel, Jim Amundson

Marc Mengel

For development of the Production Operations Management System, POMS, which enables GUI-driven, efficient submission and monitoring of complex, multistage production and analysis computing campaigns for HEP experiments.

Nigel Lockyer, Vladimir Podstavkov, Jim Amundson

Vladimir Podstavkov

For development of the Production Operations Management System, POMS, which enables GUI-driven, efficient submission and monitoring of complex, multistage production and analysis computing campaigns for HEP experiments.

Nigel Lockyer, Steven Timm, Jim Amundson

Steven Timm

For successful international data movement and processing for ProtoDUNE’s single-phase experiment campaign. The work was especially notable for establishing cross-institutional data authentication and transfer protocols, which set the stage for the upcoming U.S.-led DUNE project.

Nigel Lockyer, Stephen White, Jim Amundson

Stephen White

For development of the Production Operations Management System, POMS, which enables GUI-driven, efficient submission and monitoring of complex, multistage production and analysis computing campaigns for HEP experiments.

Nigel Lockyer, Margherita Wiersma, Jim Amundson

Margherita Wiersma

For development of the Production Operations Management System, POMS, which enables GUI-driven, efficient submission and monitoring of complex, multistage production and analysis computing campaigns for HEP experiments.

Workforce Development and Resources Section

Nigel Lockyer, Sandra Charles, Kay Van Vreede

Sandra Charles

The development and implementation of an innovative and successful year-long schedule of unconscious bias and workplace inclusion courses.

Nigel Lockyer, Griselda Lopez, Kay Van Vreede

Griselda Lopez


Excellent management of the on-site housing office, including developing five-year plans for addressing end-of-life housing infrastructure, budget shortfalls and improvement of on-site user experience.

Nigel Lockyer, Mario Lucero, Kay Van Vreede

Mario Lucero

The development and implementation of an innovative and successful year-long schedule of unconscious bias and workplace inclusion courses.