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High-speed alloy creation might revolutionize hydrogen’s future

LIVERMORE, Calif. — A Sandia National Laboratories team of materials scientists and computer scientists, with some international collaborators, have spent more than a year creating 12 new alloys — and modeling hundreds more — that demonstrate how machine learning can help accelerate the future of hydrogen energy by making it easier to create hydrogen infrastructure […]

Sandia brings best cybersecurity minds to bear in national policy talks

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Sandia hosted a series of virtual cybersecurity events, called Meetings of the Minds, to pull together the best thinking on how the nation should respond to changing threats. The first one was held Dec. 6, 2020, and the second on May 26. The first event brought together experts from Sandia; Bob Kolasky, the […]

Engineer at Sandia Labs turns error detection into ‘secret language’ for data security

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Research into software error detection has led one Sandia National Laboratories engineer to develop a method — it works like two friends who speak their own language — to enhance the protection of digital content like email and social media messaging. Celestino Corral is an electrical engineer who began working on error […]

Sandia gives awards, mentoring to local young women

LIVERMORE, Calif. — A three-decade tradition connecting young Bay Area and northern California high school students with accomplished scientists at Sandia National Laboratories was not stopped by the COVID-19 pandemic. This spring, more than 70 students, parents, mentors and educators virtually attended the 30th Sandia Women’s Connection Math & Science Awards. Honorees were nominated by […]

After 40 years, Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility still driving toward the future

LIVERMORE, Calif. — The weather on March 6, 1981, was nothing too remarkable for the San Francisco Bay Area — a little drizzle with temperatures in the 50s and fairly calm wind. The remarkable event that day was taking place on Sandia National Laboratories’ California campus, but even those who participated in the opening of […]

Airplanes to cellphones: New equipment finds the flaws in everything

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Tim Briggs has built a career at Sandia National Laboratories tearing and breaking things apart with his team of collaborators. Now, he’s developed a fracture-testing tool that could help make everything from aircraft structural frames to cellphones stronger. Briggs has filed a patent for a device associated with bonded structural composite materials […]

Material found in house paint may spur technology revolution

LIVERMORE, Calif. — 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. A team from Sandia National Laboratories, working with collaborators from the University of Michigan, […]

‘Magical’ mathematics unlocks engineering honor for Sandia scientist

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Tamara Kolda of Sandia National Laboratories has spent a career finding mathematical patterns in data sets ranging from mouse neurons to crime statistics, so when she talks about how ‘magical’ the results seem, even experts in other fields take notice. Kolda was one of 87 members elected to the National Academy of […]

Sandia helps safeguard biological data threatened during COVID-19 pandemic

LIVERMORE, Calif. — 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. “In the past decade, genomics and synthetic biology have […]

Combustion pioneer named Department of Energy fellow

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Jacqueline Chen, whose work on fundamental turbulence-chemistry interactions in combustion helped advance the design of automotive, gas turbine and jet engines, was selected by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science as a distinguished scientist fellow — one of only eight researchers in the nation to hold the distinction. Chen, a senior […]

DOE Early Career award sends Sandia quantum computing expert’s research to new level

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Kevin Young believes that he can improve the performance of modern quantum information processors, and now the Department of Energy Office of Science has named him to their Early Career Research Program, awarding him a grant to continue his work. The program, now in its 11th year, is designed to bolster the […]

Walking the walk: Project controller honored for work toward inclusion at Sandia

LIVERMORE, Calif. — A man who didn’t walk on his own until age five because of spastic cerebral palsy has been helping Sandia National Laboratories take steps toward greater inclusion. He is now being honored by CAREERS & the disABLED magazine as an employee of the year — one of only 10 people nationwide to receive […]

Sandia researchers use public data to forecast new coronavirus cases

LIVERMORE, Calif. — Global data networks that connect people through their devices have made it possible to create accurate short-term forecasts of new COVID-19 cases, using a method pioneered by two researchers at Sandia National Laboratories. Jaideep Ray and Cosmin Safta used a model developed by Ray more than a decade ago to track plague […]

Sandia scientists search for genetic bullet to battle COVID-19

LIVERMORE, Calf. — Two researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are using genetic resequencing tools to find a way to stop the COVID-19 pandemic in its tracks. Biochemist Joe Schoeniger and virologist Oscar Negrete are working on genetically engineering a deployable antiviral countermeasure for COVID-19 using CRISPR-based technology. “The goal is to find new ‘reloadable’ countermeasures […]

Diesel innovation has humble beginnings

LIVERMORE, Calif. — An engine innovation first conceived and tested by Sandia National Laboratories has attracted the attention of big business because of its potential to cost-effectively reduce emissions of soot and nitrogen oxides, encourage the use of renewable fuels, and maintain or improve engine performance. Ducted fuel injection, developed by Charles Mueller at Sandia’s […]