People are our greatest resource. Each staff member contributes to our mission each day. About half our staff are scientists. The rest provide support to enable us to fulfill our mission in service to the nation and to humanity. Accountants, purchasing agents, budgeters, project managers, all are integral to our operation. Welders, electricians, HVAC technicians, mechanics, custodial professionals are critical for success. Computer technicians, health and safety experts, emergency service officers, human resource professionals – it takes a small army of operations staff, without whom our scientists and engineers would not be able to carry out their cutting-edge research.
Each month we will highlight one of our employees at our U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory who exemplifies the wide variety of backgrounds, talents, and interests of our staff.
I am the Lab
“I can honestly say I never wake up in the morning and feel like I don’t want to go to work. I love my job, I love this place and I believe in our mission.”
Mechanical engineer, Engineering
“I like what the Lab stands for: the mission of clean energy. The Lab’s mission is the motivator.”
“Fusion energy is going to be another revolution for humankind. I think most of us engineers here are excited and want to contribute to that goal.”
Head of Site Protection
“When I tell people I work at PPPL I have a sense of pride. It is an honor and pleasure to support the Emergency Services Unit. That’s where my true passion is.”
Staff specialist, mission readiness assurance
“It’s definitely a new venture for me. I enjoy the growth that’s there and being part of a leading organization that’s looking into something that hasn’t been done before. It’s unchartered territory…to say that I had a part in making that happen is definitely something that’s historical and cutting-edge.”
Building and grounds manager, Facilities and Site Services
“I’m grateful to be working at a place that’s going to make a positive difference in the world.”
Procurement specialist/senior buyer
“What I enjoy most is that every day is different, and it provides new challenges in sourcing and trying to find the best product available at the best value.”
Senior administrative assistant to the Theory Dept.
“PPPL is a pioneer in plasma physics and I think administrators help. We are contributors, we are necessary, and we keep everybody accountable. We are central to the mission.”