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Sandia awarded for outstanding work in technology transfer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One of Sandia National Laboratories’ core missions is to help the world through innovation. However, transferring some of that innovation from the Labs to industry isn’t always an easy process. Through hard work and ingenuity, some Sandia employees are excelling at moving technology to market, a feat that is now being honored […]

Sandia and UNM collaborate to build more efficient rocket

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sal Rodriguez, a nuclear engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, is forging a rocket revolution with the help of the University of New Mexico and student Graham Monroe. Their cutting-edge research is propelling the future of aerospace by infusing rocket science with a touch of golf ball magic. They incorporated dimples similar to […]

Sandia 2023 economic impact reaches record high

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories’ economic impact for fiscal year 2023 reached an all-time high of nearly $4.8 billion, which was $559 million more than in 2022. The impact is evident in the 1,200 new jobs added in the last year, the $114 million in gross receipts taxes paid to the state and the […]

Invitation: 2023 Sandia economic impact marks biggest ever

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories’ economic impact for fiscal year 2023 reached an all-time high of nearly $4.8 billion, surpassing the previous year by $559 million. That impact is evident in the 1,200 new jobs added in the last year, the $114 million in gross receipts taxes paid to the state of New Mexico, […]

Two researchers elected associate fellows for aerospace contributions

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two Sandia National Laboratories employees will soon join the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics class of 2024 as associate fellows. “This distinguished group of professionals has made significant and lasting contributions to the aerospace profession,” said AIAA President and Sandia Deputy Laboratories Director Laura McGill. “They exemplify expertise and dedication to […]

Sandia employees help make the holidays more bountiful for local families

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Employees of Sandia National Laboratories will once again come together to help local families in need over the Thanksgiving holiday with the annual “Take a Turkey to Work Day.” As part of the event on Nov. 14, employees are encouraged to bring a frozen turkey to drop off at various sites around […]

Detecting nuclear materials using light

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Blueshift Optics, owned by former Sandia employee Joey Carlson, is working to shift the way radioactive materials are detected, using technology that he helped create at Sandia National Laboratories. Radiation detection has long been a critical aspect of national security and efforts to make the world safer. “Agencies are trying to cast […]

New Mexico middle schoolers rev up for electric car challenge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Middle school students from around the state are gearing up to put their STEM skills on the line during the annual New Mexico Electric Car Challenge, sponsored by Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories. Teams of sixth, seventh and eighth graders will compete to build an electric car that travels the fastest while […]

Preventing collateral damage in cancer treatment

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Using a simple concept and a patented Sandia sensor that detects radioactive materials, a team at Sandia National Laboratories has developed a patch to stop damage to healthy tissue during proton radiotherapy, one of the best tools to target certain cancerous tumors. “This is an important need, especially among pediatric patients,” said […]

Sandia employee named Scientist of the Year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — “I was the only farm worker who had a calculus book in his car,” joked Sal Rodriguez when I asked him about his upbringing. But it was no joke. The son of immigrants, who grew up in the tiny town of Calexico, California, worked in the fields to put himself through college. […]

Sandia Science & Technology Park marks 25th anniversary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Sandia Science & Technology Park is celebrating 25 years of economic growth with an open house and public showcase. The 340-acre park, which opened in 1998, is home to many of New Mexico’s fastest growing companies and serves as a hub for public-private partnerships. With its location just outside the gates […]

Making materials more durable through science

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A team at Sandia National Laboratories developed a molecule that helps change the way some materials react to temperature fluctuations, which makes them more durable. It’s an application that could be used in everything from plastic phone cases to missiles. Polymers, which include various forms of plastics, are made up of many […]

A more holistic and efficient way of testing PPE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A team at Sandia National Laboratories has developed a faster and more comprehensive way of testing personal protective equipment, or PPE. The basic principle: modeling a device to fit the human form and human behavior. When COVID-19 hit, PPE testing became an urgent need. In March 2020, when the country went into […]

STEM in the Sun keeps learning cool amid record temperatures

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Volunteers from Sandia National Laboratories helped wrap up summer break with fun, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities at the fourth annual STEM in the Sun program. With the outdoor temperatures hovering near 100 degrees, this year’s event was moved indoors, creating a unique environment for some sun-based STEM learning. Elementary […]

DOE awards Sandia for helping boost small businesses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia’s Mentor-Protégé Program has been named “Mentor of the Year” for the second year in a row by the Department of Energy’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. The DOE Awards Program has also named Sandia’s supply chain subcontract manager, Sofia Delgadillo-Marrufo, as Facility Management Contracting Officer of the Year and […]