Hispanic-Latino Club member Monica Regalbuto (CSE) was honored with the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary’s Achievement Award — sometimes called the “Academy Awards of the DOE” — for her contribution in support of the Energy Department’s response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster.
The award represents the highest internal non-monetary recognition given to DOE employees and contractors for providing exceptional service to the department and the American people. Energy Secretary Steven Chu presented the prestigious award at a ceremony Oct. 27 at DOE Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Regalbuto was responsible for assembling a multi-office team (Office of Nuclear Energy, Office of Environmental Energy and NNSA) to evaluate potential near-term options to mitigate the highly contaminated water in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant resulting from the emergency cooling of reactors catastrophically damaged by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
Regalbuto, a senior chemical engineer, is on assignment to DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy, where she serves as deputy assistant secretary for fuel cycle technologies.