The Advanced Photon Source
a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility

Nena Moonier to Represent APS at the Leadership Academy for Women in Science and Engineering Program

Nena Moonier, Experimental Facilities Operations Group Leader in the Advanced Photon Source (APS) Engineering Support (AES) Division, has been selected as a participant in the inaugural Leadership Academy for Women in Science and Engineering (LAWISE) program.

“All of us are delighted that Nena has been selected for this program,” said AES Division Director Mike Edelen. “Among her several vital user-related responsibilities, Nena leads our Floor Coordinators contingent, who are the link between the APS facility and the thousands of users who carry out research here. She is a steady presence in a fast-moving, critical role that requires managerial oversight, on-the-fly problem solving, and excellent people skills. Nena brings excellence to all her work.”

Commonly known as LAWISE, the 2022-2023 Leadership Series provides a proven, pragmatic roadmap for participants to identify, embrace and amplify their authentic leadership strengths. Guided by women’s leadership expert Jo Miller, participants will explore a set of topics designed to help them advance their careers, expand their influence and impact and take ownership of their career trajectories—with skills to thrive in today’s global, virtual work environment.

This leadership program is designed for early career women and female-identifying scientists, engineers, and computer professionals. The program consists of a total of five virtual and on-site sessions that take place October 2022 through April 2023. Participants will have a chance to interact with peers from Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago in smaller groups.

The program brochure provides further details and can be found here.

This program is part of LAWISE, a task force established in 2019 that explores new programs that provide training to, and increase the numbers of, women scientist, engineer and computer professional leaders at national laboratories and the University of Chicago. The LAWISE task force is part of the Joint Task Force Initiative, a signature University of Chicago program dedicated to helping Argonne and Fermilab share best practices, leverage resources and achieve mission success.

The Advanced Photon Source is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science by Argonne National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357


The U.S. Department of Energy's APS at Argonne National Laboratory is one of the world’s most productive x-ray light source facilities. Each year, the APS provides high-brightness x-ray beams to a diverse community of more than 5,000 researchers in materials science, chemistry, condensed matter physics, the life and environmental sciences, and applied research. Researchers using the APS produce over 2,000 publications each year detailing impactful discoveries, and solve more vital biological protein structures than users of any other x-ray light source research facility. APS x-rays are ideally suited for explorations of materials and biological structures; elemental distribution; chemical, magnetic, electronic states; and a wide range of technologically important engineering systems from batteries to fuel injector sprays, all of which are the foundations of our nation’s economic, technological, and physical well-being.

Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science and technology. The nation's first national laboratory, Argonne conducts leading-edge basic and applied scientific research in virtually every scientific discipline. Argonne researchers work closely with researchers from hundreds of companies, universities, and federal, state and municipal agencies to help them solve their specific problems, advance America's scientific leadership and prepare the nation for a better future. With employees from more than 60 nations, Argonne is managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC, for the U.S. DOE Office of Science.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit the Office of Science website.


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