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Released: 15-Apr-2021 2:15 PM EDT
CRADAs, licenses lead to billions in economic impact since 2000
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Cooperative Research and Development Agreements and patent license agreements between Sandia National Laboratories and outside partners led to billions in economic impact, according to a recent study on national economic contributions.

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7-Apr-2021 10:05 AM EDT
A song of ice and fiber
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Sandia National Laboratories researchers are beginning to analyze the first seafloor dataset from under Arctic sea ice using a novel method. They were able to capture ice quakes and transportation activities on the North Slope of Alaska while also monitoring for other climate signals and marine life.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Retaining Knowledge of Nuclear Waste Management
Sandia National Laboratories

Experts at Sandia National Laboratories just began their second year of a project to capture important, hard-to-explain nuclear waste management knowledge from retirement-age employees to help new employees get up to speed faster.

Released: 1-Apr-2021 10:45 AM EDT
Reusable respirator could ease COVID-19 medical mask shortages
Sandia National Laboratories

Medical professionals struggling with persistent shortages of N95 masks might soon get relief from a Sandia National Laboratories invention — a comfortable, reusable, sterilizable respirator that could ease demand during current or future health crises.

Released: 30-Mar-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Forbes magazine again tags Sandia Labs as top large employer
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories again has been recognized by Forbes as one of the 500 Best Large Employers 2021.

Newswise: Finding fire and ice: Modeling the probability of methane hydrate deposits on the seafloor
Released: 17-Mar-2021 8:35 AM EDT
Finding fire and ice: Modeling the probability of methane hydrate deposits on the seafloor
Sandia National Laboratories

A team of researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have developed a new system to model the likelihood of finding methane hydrate and methane gas that was tested in a region of seafloor off the coast of North Carolina. This test was published on March 14 in the scientific journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.

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Released: 15-Mar-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Rare open-access quantum computer now operational
Sandia National Laboratories

A new Department of Energy open-access quantum computing testbed is ready for the public. Scientists from Indiana University recently became the first team to begin using Sandia National Laboratories' Quantum Scientific Computing Open User Testbed, or QSCOUT.

Newswise: Black engineer awards expand Sandia Labs spotlight
Released: 10-Mar-2021 10:55 AM EST
Black engineer awards expand Sandia Labs spotlight
Sandia National Laboratories

Ten Sandia National Laboratories engineers received Black Engineer of the Year Awards, including Most Promising Scientist, Modern Technology Leaders and Science Spectrum Trailblazers.

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Released: 10-Mar-2021 8:55 AM EST
Catching energy-exploration caused earthquakes before they happen
Sandia National Laboratories

Geoscientists at Sandia National Laboratories used 3D-printed rocks and an advanced, large-scale computer model of past earthquakes to understand and prevent earthquakes triggered by energy exploration.

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Released: 4-Mar-2021 8:55 AM EST
Thin explosive films provide snapshot of how detonations start
Sandia National Laboratories

Using thin films — no more than a few pieces of notebook paper thick — of a common explosive chemical, researchers from Sandia National Laboratories studied how small-scale explosions start and grow. These experiments advanced fundamental knowledge of detonations.

Newswise: Search and rescue volunteers from Sandia respond to wilderness misadventures
Released: 1-Mar-2021 11:20 AM EST
Search and rescue volunteers from Sandia respond to wilderness misadventures
Sandia National Laboratories

A dozen Sandia National Laboratories employees volunteer to go off the beaten trail and give back to their community by participating in wilderness searches and rescues. As members of the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council, they use their technical expertise to solve the complex challenges involved in finding lost hikers and hoisting injured rock climbers to safety.

Newswise: Small IT business wins Sandia’s largest single subcontract
Released: 25-Feb-2021 12:35 PM EST
Small IT business wins Sandia’s largest single subcontract
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories awarded an information technology subcontract of potentially up to $700 million over a possible seven years to a New Mexico small business. This is the largest subcontract Sandia has issued to date.

Newswise: International research team begins uncovering Arctic mystery
Released: 9-Feb-2021 7:05 PM EST
International research team begins uncovering Arctic mystery
Sandia National Laboratories

According to 25 international researchers who collaborated on a first-of-its-kind study, frozen land beneath rising sea levels currently traps 60 billion tons of methane and 560 billion tons of organic carbon. Little is known about the frozen sediment and soil — called submarine permafrost

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Released: 9-Feb-2021 11:10 AM EST
Super-Earth atmospheres probed at Sandia’s Z machine
Sandia National Laboratories

The huge forces generated by the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories are being used to replicate the gravitational pressures on so-called “super-Earths” to determine which might maintain atmospheres that could support life.

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Released: 2-Feb-2021 2:20 PM EST
New tool at Sandia brings some West Texas wind to the Duke City — virtually
Sandia National Laboratories

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have a new tool that allows them to study wind power and see whether it can be efficiently used to provide power to people living in remote and rural places or even off the grid, through distributed energy.

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Released: 1-Feb-2021 11:05 AM EST
Tread tester
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. have developed a virtual means of showing a tire’s performance before the first prototypes are ever built. Computer simulations test a virtual tire on a virtual test machine that simulates actual road conditions.

Newswise: Economic Impact: Sandia Labs injects $3.76B into economy
Released: 27-Jan-2021 11:40 AM EST
Economic Impact: Sandia Labs injects $3.76B into economy
Sandia National Laboratories

Driven by the purchasing of goods and services and payroll, Sandia National Laboratories injected more than $3.76 billion into the economy and created 460 new jobs in fiscal year 2020.

Newswise: Giving campaigns at Sandia shine during pandemic year
Released: 25-Jan-2021 4:05 PM EST
Giving campaigns at Sandia shine during pandemic year
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories employees came together in a big way in 2020, contributing $4.8 million to the annual Sandia Gives campaign, increasing donations by $324,000 over 2019.

Newswise: Advanced materials in a snap
Released: 5-Jan-2021 11:55 AM EST
Advanced materials in a snap
Sandia National Laboratories

A research team at Sandia National Laboratories has successfully used machine learning — computer algorithms that improve themselves by learning patterns in data — to complete cumbersome materials science calculations more than 40,000 times faster than normal.

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Released: 4-Jan-2021 11:25 AM EST
Sandia names new leader of nuclear deterrence programs
Sandia National Laboratories

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories has named a new deputy labs director to lead its nuclear deterrence programs as part of a reorganization that supports the labs’ continued excellence in assuring the safety, security and reliability of the nation’s nuclear arsenal.Laura McGill, who joins Sandia after more than 30 years in the defense industry, begins her roles as deputy laboratories director and chief technology officer for nuclear deterrence today.

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Released: 10-Dec-2020 1:55 PM EST
Sandia to put nuclear waste storage canisters to the test
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories is outfitting three 22.5-ton, 16.5-feet-long stainless-steel storage canisters with heaters and instrumentation to simulate nuclear waste so researchers can study their durability. The three canisters, which arrived in mid-November and have never contained any nuclear materials, will be used to study how much salt gathers on canisters over time. Sandia will also study the potential for cracks caused by salt- and stress-induced corrosion with additional canisters that will be delivered during the next stage of the project.

Newswise: Sandia hosts Education With Industry officer
Released: 8-Dec-2020 10:55 AM EST
Sandia hosts Education With Industry officer
Sandia National Laboratories

With the resiliency and determination that earned her the U.S. Air Force call sign “Fenix,” Capt. Justine Wolff is using her position as an Education With Industry student at Sandia National Laboratories.

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Released: 23-Nov-2020 11:05 AM EST
Flight tests to show B61-12 will work on Air Force’s newest fighter jet
Sandia National Laboratories

A mock B61-12’s strike in the dusty Nevada desert successfully completed the first in a series of flight tests with the U.S. Air Force’s newest fighter jet, demonstrating the bomb’s first release from an internal bomb bay at greater than the speed of sound.

Newswise: Materials developed at Sandia help extinguish solar panel fires before they ignite
Released: 19-Nov-2020 3:05 PM EST
Materials developed at Sandia help extinguish solar panel fires before they ignite
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories has spent 10 years working alongside local company Guardian Sensors Inc. to understand and characterize hazardous arc-faults. Their work led to development of electrical in-line connectors that automatically predict and prevent photovoltaic arc-faults before they can ignite fires.

Newswise: Sandia secures six regional technology transfer awards
Released: 18-Nov-2020 3:45 PM EST
Sandia secures six regional technology transfer awards
Sandia National Laboratories

For responding with innovative solutions during the pandemic, developing solar cell and hydrogen research technology, and creatively working with companies, Sandia National Laboratories won six prestigious regional 2020 Federal Laboratory Consortium awards.

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Released: 12-Nov-2020 8:10 AM EST
Students of nuclear security have a problem. Here’s how to help them.
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories is teaming up with the University of New Mexico to create a new approach to teaching nuclear security.

Newswise: Mechanical engineer at Sandia named Asian American Engineer of the Year
Released: 10-Nov-2020 12:20 PM EST
Mechanical engineer at Sandia named Asian American Engineer of the Year
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories mechanical engineer Bo Song has been recognized as an Asian American Engineer of the Year.

Newswise: Virtual support from Sandia enabled B61-12 flight test on F-35A jet fighter
Released: 9-Nov-2020 11:05 AM EST
Virtual support from Sandia enabled B61-12 flight test on F-35A jet fighter
Sandia National Laboratories

Overcoming COVID-19 pandemic challenges through virtual means, teams from Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Air Force under the guidance of the National Nuclear Security Administration performed a critical B61-12 flight test aboard the F-35A Lightning II jet fighter.

Newswise: Turning up the heat on molten salt valves
Released: 29-Oct-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Turning up the heat on molten salt valves
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories is partnering with Flowserve Corp. and Kairos Power LLC on a $2.5 million, three-year Department of Energy Advanced Valve Project grant to lower the cost and boost the efficiency of concentrating solar power in the U.S. Control valves are a critical link in managing the solar energy captured by next-generation concentrating solar power plants. They must safely and reliably collect, store and transfer extremely hot and corrosive chloride salt to be used for generating electricity for public use.

Newswise: Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers names Sandia Labs Organization of the Year
Released: 29-Oct-2020 4:35 PM EDT
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers names Sandia Labs Organization of the Year
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories has been named 2020 Organization of the Year in the government category by the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers. The award recognizes organizations with a longstanding commitment to cultural diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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Released: 28-Oct-2020 7:05 AM EDT
‘Iconic’ Sandia Researcher Wins Indigenous Excellence Award
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories engineer Sandra Begay has received the 2020 Indigenous Excellence Award from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

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Released: 27-Oct-2020 7:00 PM EDT
Record neutron numbers at Sandia Labs’ Z machine fusion experiments
Sandia National Laboratories

A relatively new method to control nuclear fusion that combines a massive jolt of electricity with strong magnetic fields and a powerful laser beam has achieved its own record output of neutrons — a key standard by which fusion efforts are judged — at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z pulsed power facility, the most powerful producer of X-rays on Earth.

Newswise: First companies picked for Sandia’s new Mentor-Protégé Program
Released: 26-Oct-2020 11:50 AM EDT
First companies picked for Sandia’s new Mentor-Protégé Program
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories has selected three companies as its first protégés in a new partnership program designed to help small businesses develop and build solid foundations when competing for federal and industry opportunities.

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Released: 19-Oct-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Material found in house paint may spur technology revolution
Sandia National Laboratories

The development of a new method to make non-volatile computer memory may have unlocked a problem that has been holding back machine learning and has the potential to revolutionize technologies like voice recognition, image processing and autonomous driving.

Newswise: Hispanic organization honors nuclear waste management leader, cyber assurance architect
Released: 15-Oct-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Hispanic organization honors nuclear waste management leader, cyber assurance architect
Sandia National Laboratories

Two experts at Sandia National Laboratories have been honored for their achievements and leadership as top engineers and scientists from the Hispanic community. Evaristo “Tito” Bonano, nuclear energy fuel cycle senior manager, and cyber assurance architect Angela “Ang” Rivas were recognized at the 32nd annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference by Great Minds in STEM.

Newswise: Fellow at Sandia Labs appointed to national quantum computing advisory committee
Released: 13-Oct-2020 8:50 AM EDT
Fellow at Sandia Labs appointed to national quantum computing advisory committee
Sandia National Laboratories

— Sandia National Laboratories Fellow Gil Herrera has been appointed to the newly established U.S. National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee.

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Released: 12-Oct-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Sandia helps safeguard biological data threatened during COVID-19 pandemic
Sandia National Laboratories

A partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and the Boston firm BioBright LLC to improve the security of synthetic biology equipment has become more relevant after the United States and others issued warnings that hackers were using the COVID-19 pandemic to increase their activities.

Newswise: Successful crash test meets major milestone for nuclear deterrence program
Released: 8-Oct-2020 12:00 PM EDT
Successful crash test meets major milestone for nuclear deterrence program
Sandia National Laboratories

A full-scale crash test involving a semitruck impacting the side of the first prototype of a new weapons transporter successfully took place at Sandia National Laboratories this summer.

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Released: 21-Sep-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Energy tech development for US, NM aim of Sandia and PNM partnership
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories and New Mexico’s largest electricity provider, PNM, have teamed up to bring energy resiliency, security and stability to the state and country. “The partnership with PNM will address energy challenges not just in New Mexico but across the United States,” Sandia Labs Director James Peery said.

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Released: 28-Aug-2020 11:35 AM EDT
NM companies may receive up to $150K in technical assistance
Sandia National Laboratories

Eligible New Mexico companies can submit statements of intent to work with scientists and engineers at Sandia or Los Alamos national laboratories through a new program to advance technologies derived from the labs into market-ready products and services.

Newswise: Sandia Science & Tech Park spurs economic growth
Released: 12-Aug-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Sandia Science & Tech Park spurs economic growth
Sandia National Laboratories

A new, independent report has concluded that the Sandia Science & Technology Park contributed significantly to the local economy in 2018-19 by adding 310 jobs and generating increases in economic activity and tax revenue to the city and New Mexico.

Newswise: Helping protect medical professionals
Released: 5-Aug-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Helping protect medical professionals
Sandia National Laboratories

A media comprised of a sandwich of materials, tested by Sandia National Laboratories, is being manufactured into N95-like respirators that could be used in local medical facilities. The project originated from the urgent need for personal protective equipment when the COVID-19 outbreak began.

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Released: 20-Jul-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Cybersecurity researchers at Sandia Labs take spotlight at national showcase
Sandia National Laboratories

Two Sandia National Laboratories computer scientists will be pitching cybersecurity platforms they conceived to investors, entrepreneurs and prospective customers at a special virtual event sponsored by the Department of Energy to accelerate the commercialization of federally developed technologies.

Newswise: Sandia weapons program meets safety, design requirements
Released: 29-Jun-2020 12:10 PM EDT
Sandia weapons program meets safety, design requirements
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories has successfully completed another milestone in the B61-12 gravity bomb refurbishment program, demonstrating the labs is meeting important nuclear safety and use-control requirements.

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Released: 25-Jun-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Expanding access to cyber research tools
Sandia National Laboratories

Faculty and students at Purdue University now have access to cybersecurity research software developed at Sandia National Laboratories. This marks the first time Sandia has collaborated with an academic community to make its cyber software widely available.

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Released: 22-Jun-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Hospitals, manufacturers partner with Sandia amid high demand for medical-grade masks
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories is teaming with local hospitals and medical device manufacturers to increase the availability of respirator masks for health care workers.

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Released: 8-Jun-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Flight tests show B61-12 compatible with F-15E Strike Eagle
Sandia National Laboratories

Flight tests designed to demonstrate the refurbished B61-12’s compatibility with the U.S. Air Force’s F-15E Strike Eagle jet fighter demonstrate the bomb’s compatibility with the jet.

Released: 26-May-2020 12:15 PM EDT
Sandia to receive Fujitsu green processor
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia anticipates being one of the first DOE labs to receive the newest A64FX Fujitsu processor, a Japanese Arm-based processor optimized for high-performance computing.Arm-based processors are used widely in small electronic devices like cell phones.

Newswise: Company moves metals characterization technology forward with help from Sandia Labs
Released: 20-May-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Company moves metals characterization technology forward with help from Sandia Labs
Sandia National Laboratories

When a small business needed help proving that its tabletop laser system could characterize metals faster and more easily than current equipment, they turned to Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia’s testing verified that the company's patented process reduces imaging time from hours to minutes.

Newswise: Sandia Labs wins 4 national tech transfer awards
Released: 15-May-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Sandia Labs wins 4 national tech transfer awards
Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia National Laboratories won four awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium. The awards are ranked as some of the most prestigious honors for federal laboratories and industry partners that demonstrate outstanding technology transfer achievements.


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