SRS National Management Association Names Executive, Manager of the Year
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AIKEN, S.C. (June 11, 2001) – Two Westinghouse Savannah River Company managers have been recognized by the Savannah River Site Chapter of the National Management Association for their leadership abilities.
Dr. Susan Wood, Vice President and Director of the Savannah River Technology Center, the site's applied research and development laboratory, received NMA's 2001 Executive of the Year award. Mike Logan, manager of engineering programs with the site's Nuclear Materials Management Division, is the 2001 Manager of the Year.
Each year the local chapter selects a manager and executive of the year from dozens of nominations submitted by the nominees' employees and co-workers. The selection criteria include demonstrated performance in teamwork, leadership, communications, business results, employee development, self-management and community support.
Dr. Wood came to the Savannah River Site in 1994, after serving as manager of Manufacturing Technology at Westinghouse Electronic Systems. She was honored for setting a cooperative tone that enables the SRTC's researchers to work closely with customer organizations to identify, develop and deploy technology solutions. She was also recognized for focusing on the laboratory's core activities to ensure that SRTC is able to produce practical results for SRS and other Department of Energy customers.
In addition to the NMA award, she was named Lab Director of the Year in 2000 by the Federal Lab Consortium and has been selected by South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges to serve on the state's Technology Transition Team Steering Committee. She serves as a role model for women in science and engineering, and takes a special interest in efforts to encourage young people – especially girls – to consider scientific and engineering careers.
Logan has been employed by Westinghouse Savannah River Company (WSRC) since 1990 in a variety of engineering and management positions. He was honored for his ability to "bring out the collective best" of any team with which he is involved. The structure he devised for his organization allowed the group's management to be considerably closer to the employees and eliminated many unproductive bureaucratic barriers to effective communication. He was also recognized for his leadership style, sound judgement and technical knowledge. Logan's personal and professional integrity was publicly cited as outstanding when he received The WSRC Ethics Recognition Award for 2001.
Since 1991, the Savannah River Site Chapter of the National Management Association has worked to promote leadership, professional development and community involvement. The chapter is one of hundreds across the nation that makeup the 30,000-plus member National Management Association.
Members participate in monthly dinner meetings and learning opportunities ranging from "Never Manage Alone" electronic messages to formal classroom instruction. NMA's community activities include an annual Space Week, support of nonprofit events and a high school student speech contest that culminates at the national level with a $10,000 scholarship.
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