Field operations chief visits Ames Laboratory

ImageJoe McBrearty, DOE Office of Science Deputy Director of Field Operations, toured Ames Laboratory July 23. McBrearty, who was accompanied by program analyst Gene Runkle and Ames Site Office manager Cynthia Baebler, looked at existing facilities and ongoing improvement projects and met with administrative staff during his visit.

The tour included meetings with Ames Lab Director Alex King and the Executive Council. A tour of the facilities included stops at the renovated Spedding Hall Auditorium, the Applied Science Center which has been selected as the site for Sensitive Instrument Facility, Howe Hall where he saw the C6 virtual reality cave and Metals Development where he visited the Materials Preparation Center and saw the scene of last month's electrical fire.

In wrapping up his stop, McBrearty met with administrative unit managers and received updates on various projects and initiatives.

"I'm impressed with what I've seen," McBrearty told the managers. " Actually seeing your infrastructure gives me a better understanding of not only what you face, but how well you have dealt with what you have. I'm impressed with the staff's dedication, and your scientific and academic success means a lot."

He added that the Sensitive Instrument Facility is "huge" in terms of the positive impact on research and a real "feather in your cap." However, he cautioned that budgets are expected to remain flat so there won't be new dollars for expanding and/or replacing facilities.

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(l-r) Joe McBrearty, Deputy Director for Field Operations,
Ames Site Office Manager Cynthia Baebler, Ames Lab
Facilities manager Mark Grootveld and DOE program
analyst Gene Runkel see how closely Ames Lab is
ntegrated on the ISU campus at an entrance to TASF
from Gilman Hall.
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Grootveld explains the process for sealing ventilation
stacks on the roof of Spedding Hall to McBrearty, Runkle and Baebler.
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(l-r) Ames Lab associate director for sponsored research
Deb Covey, Baebler and McBrearty check out the C6 virtual reality cave during a tour of Mark Bryden's Simulation, Modeling and Decision Science program area.

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Joel Reiken (left), Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies, explains the high-pressure gas atomization system used to create titanium powder. 
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Ames Lab senior metallurgist Iver Anderson explains the high-pressure gas atomization equipment located at the Applied Science Center.
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Materials Preparation Center Director Larry Jones discusses the MPC's role in providing high-purity rare-earth research samples.