Better inventions together — CNS Program Integration and Engineering

Posted: October 14, 2015 - 5:26pm

About five years ago, CNS’s Program Integration and Engineering organizations joined forces to build a robust collaboration. Together, the diverse team has produced technologies ranging in size from a pager to a building (with a few medium size inventions in between), and the majority of its products have military applications. With America’s national security in mind daily, this team contemplates, collaborates, tinkers, builds, tests and retests to generate solutions to protect U.S. borders and way of life.

Lifelong inventor Lee Bzorgi, of Y-12’s Engineering organization, tackles challenges head on and assembled the dual organization team specifically to work outside the box. “We’re rarely in the box,” he said. “We each represent a different field, and that provides strength in our collaboration. My teammates know the customers, the customers’ needs and the deadlines, which are crucial to my success as the inventor.”

One invention, for use during disaster relief, is the Portable Casualty Transfer Panels. Patented in 2013, the panels transform school and transit buses and light-rail and passenger railroad coaches into evacuation vehicles for injured or special needs citizens or victims of a large scale terror attack. The compact, honeycomb, lightweight, portable paneling doubles as a modular medical system and is equipped with a stretcher, privacy partition, oxygen and vacuum piping, electric and data connections and LED lighting.

Dennis Miller, program manager for Strategic Partnerships Programs, connects the creative Y‑12 team with potential customers in need of solutions to tough problems. “DoD, for example, has a diverse need for devices, sensors, options for complex manufactured components and conceptual design and prototypes for future technologies,” he said.

Bzorgi designed a system that delivers power to remote areas and could have numerous military applications. The Rapidly Re deployable Solar Combined Heat and Power System provides heated water and electrical power to places with no developed infrastructure. “The ISO container based system enables quick, easy setup and break down, and the components are permanently anchored so they remain safe, secure and undamaged during transit. The unit can be operational within minutes by one individual. Ease of transportation, deployment and retraction makes this system of power generation unique,” said Miller.

Bill Barrett, who leads Special Program Development at Y-12 and Pantex, rounds out the Y-12 team. “There is no scarcity of security challenges facing our nation, and those charged with maintaining an awareness of potential threats need as broad a set of tools as possible,” he said. “One of Lee’s inventions, a security gate of sorts, is a mechanical sensor constructed of pneumatically or hydraulically pressurized piping. It would be used in areas of extremely high radiation such as the food and pharmaceutical irradiation industry. Tampering that causes a change in internal pressure will be indicated at a remotely located pressure sensor,” added Barrett.

The Y-12 team has been involved in some challenging projects. “We do a wide variety of work — from a key fob size air sampler to work with the Navy on futuristic radar that’ll make distinctions by ‘seeing’ the objects in a three dimensional plane,” said Bzorgi. “Y-12’s Safeguards, Security and Emergency Services staff were especially helpful during testing and installation of this project.”

These organizations never quit bouncing ideas back and forth. They’re always keenly focused on addressing the next significant security invention or unraveling a seemingly impossible problem. No doubt, America benefits from their daily outside the box tinkering.

For further information about Y-12 security technologies, visit the National Security Technology Center webpage.


Life saving panels can be fitted in buses and train cars and pop up when needed to transport special needs citizens or people in need to medical attention.


Some of Y-12’s cool security inventions — from the enhanced safety clip for automatic weapons to the bolt cutter that cuts costs and guards against hazardous waste to the banshee, a dynamic entry device for use by special operations troops.