The Y-12 National Security Complex shared one of 12 annual research and development awards given to National Nuclear Security Administration laboratories and production sites, federal officials announced this week.
The 2012 R&D 100 Awards were given out by R&D Magazine.
Y-12 shared its award with Los Alamos National Laboratory for a technology called valveless laser processing. It eliminates the use of valves byÂ using a laser to repeatedly access and reseal airtight containers.
“Congratulations to this year’s R&D 100 award winners,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu said. “The research and development at the Department of Energy’s laboratories continues to help the nation meet our energy challenges, strengthen our national security, and improve our economic competitiveness.”
Other NNSA sites that received awards were Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and National Security Technologies LLC.
The annual R&D 100 Awards honor the best technological advances at universities, private corporations, and government labs around the world, the NNSA press release said. They were first awarded in 1963 as the I-R 100s.
“The men and women working throughout the nuclear security enterprise are at the leading edge of science and technology,” NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino said. “This year’s R&D 100 award winners are receiving well-deserved recognition for their work to implement the president’s nuclear security agenda, enhance our national security, and overcome some of our greatest challenges. For that, I extend them my most sincere congratulations and thanks.”