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Cerium Laboratories Goes “Above and Beyond” for Texas National Guard Employee


Austin, Texas–()–Austin Cerium labs he was awarded the Above and Beyond award by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) on 21 November. Cerium is a world-class analytical laboratory with over 20 years of experience in materials characterization. ESGR recognized Cerium for his support of Dr. Will Flanagan while he was away as a Texas Army National Guard at the Army Airborne School and Operation Lone Star. “Cerium went above and beyond by maintaining Dr. (First Lieutenant) Flanagan’s benefits and a portion of his pay while he was away on his National Guard duties. This level of support is not common for small companies, and we want to recognize their policies that are so important to our National Guard and Reservists,” said David Blackorby, Texas ESGR committee chair.

“At Cerium, we strive to distinguish ourselves as an employee-centric company. We are proud of our veterans and honored by this ESGR award,” says CEO Clayton Fullwood, himself an Army veteran. A quarter of Cerium employees are veterans. “We are also proud of the contribution Will is making as director of our research and development division.” Cerium has been awarded contracts with both the Air Force and the Army to advance their Neutron Intercepting System on a Chip (NISoC), a unique miniature semiconductor device for measuring nuclear materials and neutron radiation. Dr. Flanagan’s background is in nuclear physics and he leads these projects alongside chief scientist, Dr. Tim Hossain. “Will’s background with nuclear detectors and mine with semiconductor manufacturing make us a dynamic team Also, I think his service in the Guard has been invaluable as we figure out how to explain and validate our detectors to our DoD and Homeland Security partners.

The congratulations were echoed by Congressmen in Austin. “We owe much gratitude for the service and sacrifices of the Texas National Guard. Backed by the twin pillars of family and community support, the Guard’s continued success is multiplied by employers such as Cerium; I’m glad we have them in Austin,” Congressman Chip Roy said. “Strengthening the domestic semiconductor ecosystem is vital to America’s economic and national security. As author of the CHIPS for America Act, I am proud to see Cerium Labs help lead the charge in central Texas,” said Congressman Michael McCaul.

Cerium is located at 5204 E. Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78741. Serving 200 customers annually across various industries, Cerium offers ISO 17025 accredited materials testing. For more information contact 830-822-5719 or .


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