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State safety award goes to Sandia engineer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Luis G. Amezcua, a surveillance assessment engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, began his safety career in Mexico helping improve safety standards in the construction industry. His career has followed an interesting trajectory. Amezcua received the New Mexico Safety Professional of the Year award from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) for […]

Sandia’s Cooperative Monitoring Center promotes global security for 20 years

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories’ Cooperative Monitoring Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary of promoting the principles of cooperation and the value of technology in support of international security agreements. Since it was established in 1994, the CMC has worked to address critical security issues by bringing together policy and technical experts from different […]

Adaptive zoom riflescope prototype has push-button magnification

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When an Army Special Forces officer-turned-engineer puts his mind to designing a military riflescope, he doesn’t forget the importance of creating something for the soldiers who will carry it that is easy to use, extremely accurate, light-weight and has long-lasting battery power. Sandia National Laboratories optical engineer Brett Bagwell led the development […]

In-flight sensor tests a step toward Structural Health Monitoring for safer flights

Sandia Labs testing advanced technology to enhance aviation safety ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nine commercial aircraft flying regular routes are on the frontier of aviation safety, carrying sensors that monitor their structural health along with their routine maintenance. These flight tests are part of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification process that will make the sensors […]

Security professional at Sandia nationally recognized with annual NNSA award

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories security professional Paulette Solis has received the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Bradley A. Peterson Contractor Security Professional of the Year Award. This year’s federal honoree is Susan Christian-Payne of the Nevada Field Office, who received the NNSA’s Bradley A. Peterson Federal Security Professional of the Year Award. The […]

IED detector developed by Sandia Labs being transferred to Army

Copperhead Synthetic Aperture Radar system helps troops by detecting IEDs day or night, in any weather ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Detecting improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan requires constant, intensive monitoring using rugged equipment. When Sandia researchers first demonstrated a modified miniature synthetic aperture radar (MiniSAR) system to do just that, some experts didn’t believe it. But […]

Resilient cities focus of new Sandia, Rockefeller Foundation pact to help 100 communities

Scientific, engineering solutions for disaster recovery, sustainability ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories will bring decades of experience solving problems with practical engineering and modeling complex systems to cities around the world under a new agreement to support the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. The challenge, which will help 33 […]

Laminar-flow cleanroom inventor honored posthumously by National Inventors Hall of Fame

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The inventor of the modern cleanroom, Willis Whitfield, will be honored posthumously by the National Inventors Hall of Fame for a technology that revolutionized manufacturing in electronics and pharmaceuticals, made hospital operating rooms safer and advanced space exploration. Whitfield, the son of Texas cotton farmers who became a physicist, retired from Sandia […]

Threat reduction: Hruby leads Sandia effort to counter weapons of mass destruction

Sandia Labs vice president to speak at AAAS annual meeting CHICAGO, Ill. — Threats of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction don’t seem as imminent today as they did after terrorists flew hijacked planes into the first World Trade Center and the Pentagon and crashed in a Pennsylvania field, but scientists, industry and universities working on technological […]

N.M. Safety Professional of the Year awarded to Sandia Labs employee

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Sandia National Laboratories employee has been named New Mexico Safety Professional of the Year for her expertise in the safety profession, including working with Sandia researchers to make their labs as safe as possible. Terri Wallis, an environment, safety and security professional who joined Sandia in 2011, captured the award from […]

Engineer honored for contributions to precision strike systems

Advanced Hypersonic Weapon work caps Sandia Labs honoree’s career  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The chief engineer of Conventional Prompt Global Strike programs at Sandia National Laboratories has been honored with a national award for his outstanding contributions to precision strike systems. Gary Polansky, an engineer in Sandia’s Flight Systems department, won the 2013 Precision Strike Association […]

3D Earth model developed at Sandia Labs more accurately pinpoints source of earthquakes, explosions

Sandia offers free, standardized GeoTess software to public ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – During the Cold War, U.S. and international monitoring agencies could spot nuclear tests and focused on measuring their sizes. Today, they’re looking around the globe to pinpoint much smaller explosives tests. Under the sponsorship of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Defense Nuclear […]

Army Ground Combat Systems adopts Sandia tool for choosing future warfighting vehicles

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Imagine trying to solve this complex problem: You have to modernize a fleet of combat vehicles, such as tanks, tracked howitzers and infantry fighting vehicles, choosing from among more than 50 ways to update them to meet future threats. Each modernization option can be configured differently to meet a variety of missions […]

More than 400 rockets soar from Sandia’s Kauai Test Facility in 50-year history

KAUAI, Hawaii — A white-orange oval, the rocket moves slowly, silently across the night sky, followed by a metallic roar that fades away the farther it flies from its launch pad at Sandia National Laboratories’ Kauai Test Facility. When the rocket is an orange ember against the black backdrop, it sparks momentarily as a Navy […]

Modern-day cleanroom invented by Sandia physicist still used 50 years later

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When Willis Whitfield invented the modern-day cleanroom 50 years ago, researchers and industrialists didn’t believe it at first. But within a few short years, $50 billion worth of laminar-flow cleanrooms were being built worldwide and the invention is used in hospitals, laboratories and manufacturing plants today. The retired Sandia National Laboratories physicist, […]