Two NETL employees were selected as 2020 Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board (FEB) Excellence in Government Gold Award winners for their contributions to both the Lab and the community in 2019.
The FEB Excellence in Government Awards recognize current military, postal, and federal civilian employees for their individual and team accomplishments both in the workplace and the community during the previous year. Winners from NETL were nominated in the Diversity and Inclusion and Community Service categories.
Tim Florian, Equal Employment Opportunity manager, reshaped NETL’s Diversity & Inclusion program to make training and programs offerings more available, thought-provoking and relevant in 2019. He championed a “cafeteria-style” approach to employee trainings by providing an expanded menu of shorter programs that are held with greater frequency, which helps increase employee knowledge of different diversity and inclusion issues.
Larry Kincell, a general engineer in the Lab’s R&D Engineering and Facility Operations, volunteered his time to the Marion County Fringe Little League Challengers program in Fairmont, West Virginia, to bring the joy of baseball to children and young adults with disabilities. Serving as vice president and in multiple other roles, Kincell helped emphasize fun over frustration during games and encouraged players to build self-confidence.
The Pittsburgh FEB is comprised of more than 100 federal agencies and over 20,000 federal employees in the region. The goal of the Pittsburgh FEB is to be a constructive, unifying force within the federal government, as well as the community, by facilitating valuable collaboration.
NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that produces technological solutions for America’s energy challenges. From developing creative innovations and efficient energy systems that make coal more competitive, to advancing technologies that enhance oil and natural gas extraction and transmission processes, NETL research is providing breakthroughs and discoveries that support domestic energy initiatives, stimulate a growing economy, and improve the health, safety, and security of all Americans. Highly skilled men and women at NETL’s sites in Albany, Oregon; Anchorage, Alaska; Houston, Texas; Morgantown, West Virginia; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania conduct a broad range of research activities that support DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.