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LANL employees recognized as emerging leaders in the region

By David Moore | October 18, 2023

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Breanna Perera (center) was one of four LANL employees honored at the event. Randy Lucero (left) and Liz Camacho (right) are members of the board of directors of the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored four Laboratory employees at its second annual "40 Under Forty" awards event Sept. 22.

Felicia Archuleta-Toya, Lacey Bruaw, Kayla Norris and Breanna Perera were all named honorees at the event, which recognizes 40 young professionals in Northern New Mexico who are rising leaders in their field of work and making a positive impact in the community.

Laboratory Staff Director Frances Chadwick, who spoke at the event, pointed out the changing demographics at the Lab, with a dramatic increase in employees under the age of 45. She also noted that the Lab has received recognition as a top employer from media including Hispanic Network, LATINA Style magazine, STEM Workforce Diversity and Minority Engineer.

"We believe that inclusive diversity promotes innovation, enhances problem-solving and makes us a more successful and productive organization," she said. "Every unique voice brings something valuable to the conversation."

Laboratory operator Triad was one of the event's sponsors.

Applications open for LANL Foundation 4-year undergraduate scholarships

Applications are now open for the LANL Foundation’s four-year undergraduate scholarships, which are open to eligible students in Northern New Mexico pursuing a four-year undergraduate degree in any field of study. 

High school seniors and current undergraduate students can submit one application to be considered for more than 30 unique scholarship awards. The Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund (LAESF) Advisory Committee evaluates all applications to match applicants with any awards for which they are eligible and selects the strongest candidates in each category to receive an award. Funded largely by donations from Laboratory employees, the scholarships range from $1,000 for a single year up to $20,000 over four years. The deadline for applications is Jan. 16, 2024. More information is here.

10 Los Alamos projects win R&D 100 Awards

Nine Los Alamos National Laboratory-led technologies won R&D 100 Awards, and Los Alamos partnered on an R&D 100 Award that Argonne National Laboratory led. In addition, six Los Alamos innovations have received Special Recognition Awards, including Gold and Silver Medals for Corporate Social Responsibility, Gold and Bronze Medals for Market Disruptor — Products, a Gold Medal for Market Disruptor — Services and a Gold Medal for Battling COVID-19.

The prestigious “Oscars of Innovation” honor the latest and best innovations and identify the top technology products of the past year. The R&D 100 Awards span industry, academia and government-sponsored research organizations.

“These awards highlight the innovation that is fostered at Los Alamos National Laboratory,” said Laboratory Director Thom Mason. “Researchers are tackling important challenges in our infrastructure, in our ability to respond to disease and in the technology that underpins advances in many critical areas. Congratulations to all the award winners and finalists for this recognition as they lend their ingenuity and hard work to building a better world.” 

The full list of recipients is here.