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2018 Silver Medal Award

Williams, Middleton

Williams, Middleton


Awarded for achievements in science and engineering. The group is recognized for leading a multi-year, multi-million-dollar effort to build and commission a liquid deuterium refrigerator system that is essential to preserving the cold neutron output required for scientific research after conversion to low enriched uranium (LEU) in accord with the national goal of ending civilian use of highly enriched uranium (HEU). Despite vendor default and loss of services, the team marshalled in-house resources to bring the system online in early  2018. Their efforts will allow installation of the liquid deuterium cryostat and ensure world-class performance after conversion to LEU.  


Michael Middleton

Equipment Management Engineer
NIST Center for Neutron Research

Robert Williams

Nuclear Engineer
NIST Center for Neutron Research