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Longtime Sandia leader named second-in-charge of national security lab

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The board of managers of the contractor that manages and operates Sandia National Laboratories, has named labs veteran D.E. “Dori” Ellis as deputy director of the country’s largest national laboratory effective June 28. The National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia LLC Board of Managers named Ellis to succeed David Douglass, who is […]

Sandia scientist named fellow for diverse contributions to aeronautics, space research

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gary Polansky, the chief scientist for hypersonic technology development and applications at Sandia National Laboratories, has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). AIAA, the world’s largest aerospace professional society, confers the distinction of fellow to recognize professionals’ notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences […]

Aircraft inspectors have new Sandia course to help detect composite material damage

Sandia offers first class to industry to improve inspection of solid-laminates ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As manufacturers build more wings, fuselages and other major commercial aircraft parts out of solid-laminate composite materials, Sandia National Laboratories has shown that aircraft inspectors need training to better detect damage in these structures. So the Airworthiness Assurance Center — operated […]

Health Physics Society names Sandia Labs radiation expert a fellow

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An internationally recognized expert on the measurement and impact assessment of radiation doses to humans has been named a fellow of the Health Physics Society. Charles Potter of Sandia National Laboratories, a certified health physicist since 1997, was honored recently at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society in Spokane, […]

Microwave imaging expert at Sandia Labs honored as SPIE fellow for radar work

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories researcher Armin Doerry has been named a SPIE fellow for his technical achievements in imaging microwave radar technology development, design and analysis. Doerry is one of 32 new fellows honored this year by SPIE, an international society for optics and photonics established in 1955 as the Society for Photo-Optical […]

City resilience: Sandia analyzes effects of rising sea levels in Norfolk

Analysis method available to cities that want to become more resilient ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In Norfolk, Virginia, an East Coast city that’s home to the world’s largest naval station and important seaports, catastrophic flooding could damage more than homes and roads. A new study from Sandia National Laboratories assesses how much the city, its region […]

Chinese nuclear security center opens with help from Sandia Labs

Sandia helps support physical protection system to train future nuclear security experts ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Principal Deputy Administrator Madelyn Creedon, Sandia National Laboratories President and Labs Director Jill Hruby and other experts and international guests joined with leaders of China on March 18 to […]

Managing the data deluge for national security analysts

Sandia Labs research rethinks finding patterns in motion, makes sensor images searchable ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After a disaster or national tragedy, bits of information often are found afterward among vast amounts of available data that might have mitigated or even prevented what happened, had they been recognized ahead of time. In this information age, national […]

New vice president to oversee energy, security, nonproliferation research at Sandia

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories has appointed James M. Chavez vice president of its Energy, Nonproliferation and High Consequence Security Division and its International, Homeland and Nuclear Security Program Management Unit effective Sept. 11. He replaces Jill Hruby, who became Sandia president and labs director in July. Most recently, Chavez has served as the […]

‘Laboratory Biorisk Management’ details safety, security methods for biosciences sites

Sandia, international experts publish first biorisk management how-to book ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Recent mishaps at laboratories that mishandled potentially dangerous biological substances and the transmission of the Ebola virus in a U.S. hospital are symptoms at bioscience facilities that two Sandia National Laboratories researchers think could be prevented by implementing the practices in a new […]

Sandia teams with industry to improve human-data interaction

Research to create tools to improve how intelligence analysts gather visual information ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Intelligence analysts working to identify national security threats in warzones or airports or elsewhere often flip through multiple images to create a video-like effect. They also may toggle between images at lightning speed, pan across images, zoom in and out […]

New fog chamber provides testing options that could improve security cameras

Controlled fog at Sandia Labs makes testing optics more cost-effective, efficient ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Fog can play a key role in cloaking military invasions and retreats and the actions of intruders. That’s why physical security experts seek to overcome fog, but it’s difficult to field test security cameras, sensors or other equipment in fog that […]

Nuclear power safety expert from Sandia elected to National Academy of Engineering

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A former Sandia National Laboratories senior scientist and nuclear safety expert who studied the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl nuclear power plant accidents during his more than 40-year career has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Dana Powers, who recently retired from Sandia’s Advanced Nuclear Energy Programs, […]

Sandia, Purdue University sign memorandum of understanding to establish strategic alliance

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sandia National Laboratories and Purdue University today signed an extensive, five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a strategic alliance that seeks to solve science and technology problems of national importance. The document was signed by Sandia President and Laboratories Director Paul Hommert and Purdue President Mitch Daniels at Sandia’s office in […]

New vice president appointed to oversee defense research at Sandia Labs

Peery to lead effort to deliver innovative science, technology for national security ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — James Peery was appointed vice president for defense research to lead Sandia National Laboratories’ longstanding work in this national security area. Peery had been director of Sandia’s Information Systems Analysis Center and was responsible for the research and development of […]