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Organizational Excellence 2020

Below is a list of quick links to each of the 2020 MML Accolades for Organizational Excellence where each accolade is described and a list of the awardees and their contributions are provided.



Service and Support to MML

To recognize MML staff members and associates, as well as those in other OUs, who have made MML a better place to work, have gone the extra mile to help MML staff ‘get the job done,’ or who have streamlined processes to make MML operate more efficiently.


Vamshi Abbanaboina

For working closely with MML in support of the acquisitions portion of the NIST Service Portal in ServiceNow (AcqSN). As the key interface between users and the AcqSN team, he has provided training, troubleshooting, updates, and ongoing support.



First Row:  Ann Leith, Michael LaRue, Robert Shaw
Second Row: Sergiy Domalevskyy, Mark Etter, Gary Hardin
Third Row:
  Jeff Hoerl

(The team above) For outstanding support on transitioning all staff teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic.



James Johnson

For providing exceptional facilities and safety support to the NIST research program at IBBR through outstanding leadership of the IBBR Facilities and Lab Services Department, and impeccable planning and implementation of complex laboratory infrastructure improvements.


Jennifer McDaniel

For outstanding support of the Biosystems and Biomaterials Division work updating the quality system, dramatically reducing false alarms from the freezer alarm system, developing complex procurements for DNA sequencing services, and finding solutions for laboratory temperature control during mandatory telework.



Excellence in MML Administration

To recognize those in MML or at NIST who have gone above and beyond in serving MML staff, associates, and/or stakeholders in their administrative roles or through an administrative function.


Heather Blache

For providing sustained high-quality service to the Mass Spectrometry Data Center and MML, often taking initiative beyond her scope of duties to ensure impeccable operations of the group.


William Wallace

For facilitating the most substantial expansion of NIST Mass Spectral Libraries to-date and ensuring staff and associates were provided the support and resources necessary for success.



MML Mentor

To recognize an MML staff member or associate who has played a significant role in the support and guidance of others at NIST including students and postdocs.


Nikolas Hrabe

For persistent, yet patient support of all team members and postdocs during the early stages of project development, which created a multi-disciplinary team capable of assessing fundamental aspects regarding the structural integrity of additively manufactured metals.


Vivek Prabhu

For excellence in postdoctoral mentorship, in which he provided project and career guidance for 5 postdocs (3 NRC, 2 associates), simultaneously, while taking over group leader responsibilities.


Kevin Runyon

For significant contributions to the growth and development of administrative staff.



MML Outreach

To recognize MML staff members and associates who played a significant role in educational outreach to the community.



First Row:  Baljit Ubhi, Ivana Blazenovic, Arpana Vaniya
Second Row:  Christina Jones, Alice Dalo

(The team above) For establishing Virtual Podium, a virtual symposium platform for scientists to present and discuss compelling scientific research in fields centered on chemistry, biology, and informatics.



Excellence in MML Safety

To recognize, encourage, and reward safety-related leadership, innovation, preventative or corrective actions, or the implementation of best practices in MML.


Camille Lombard-Banek and Erdem Coskun

For establishing a BSL-2(+) laboratory at IBBR which was recently activated for Cell and Gene Therapy (CGT) research. Laboratory creation involved floor plan development, SOP authorship, and coordinating necessary biosafety trainings for well-regulated operations.



Cynthia Zeissler

For exceptional and invaluable contributions to the NIST Radiation Safety Program and dedicated service as an MML representative on the NIST Ionizing Radiation Safety Committee (IRSC).



Created August 23, 2020, Updated July 28, 2022