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Sandia completes major overhaul of key nuclear weapons test facilities

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories recently completed the renovation of five large-scale test facilities that are crucial to ensuring the safety and reliability of the nation’s nuclear weapons systems. The work supports Sandia’s ongoing nuclear stockpile modernization work on the B61-12 and W88 Alt, assessments of current stockpile systems and test and analysis for […]

Clearing up cloudy understanding on solar power plant output

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories engineers have been studying the most effective ways to use solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays — a clean, affordable and renewable way to keep the power on. Systems are relatively easy to install and have relatively small maintenance costs. They begin working immediately and can run unassisted for decades. But clouds could […]

White House honors four early-career Sandia researchers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia researchers Matthew Brake, Adrian Chavez, Seth Root and Daniel Stick have been named by President Barack Obama as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is the highest honor the U.S. government gives outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their careers. “I want […]

Sandia to demonstrate robotics capabilities at 2013 DARPA Robotics Challenge Expo

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Engineers from Sandia National Laboratories will demonstrate real-world robotics successes at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials 2013 Expo this week in Florida. The challenge is focused on human-scaled robots that assist in humanitarian aid and disaster response. Both the Robotics Challenge Trials and the Expo are open to the public, especially students, to encourage interest […]

Sandia Labs harnessing the sun’s energy with tiny particles

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Engineers at Sandia National Laboratories, along with partner institutions Georgia Tech, Bucknell University, King Saud University and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), are using a falling particle receiver to more efficiently convert the sun’s energy to electricity in large-scale, concentrating solar power plants. Falling particle receiver technology is attractive because it can […]

Sandia and Arizona State University sign MOU

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories and Arizona State University have signed a formal partnership agreement on important renewable energy challenges. The goals of the memorandum of understanding are to encourage collaborative research, build educational and workforce development programs and inform policy endeavors. The agreement enables the two institutions to more easily work together to […]

Sandia’s Nancy Jackson named American Chemical Society Fellow

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A Sandia National Laboratories chemical engineer whose team partners with chemistry labs around the world to ensure chemicals are handled safely and securely has been named a 2013 American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow. The prestigious honor, given by the world’s largest scientific society, is awarded to scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments […]

Sandia hosts annual Robot Rodeo

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories is hosting the seventh annual Western National Robot Rodeo and Capability Exercise, a lively and challenging five-day event that draws civilian and military bomb squad teams from across the country to see who can most effectively defuse dangerous situations with the help of robots. Just as law enforcement officers […]

Sandia’s Dream Catcher program sparks hands-on science learning

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories’ annual Dream Catcher Science Program on Saturdays this month encourages middle and high school student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and seeks to increase American Indian student interest in STEM fields. The program was launched in 1991 by Sandia’s American Indian Outreach Committee, now led by […]

Sandia employees reach out to Hispanic students with Manos

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Sandia National Laboratories is hosting its annual Manos program, which targets Hispanic middle school students and is designed to encourage interest in math, science and engineering. The program was launched 23 years ago by Sandia’s Hispanic Leadership Outreach Committee, today led by Sandia employees Pat Sena and Miquelita Carrion, and the Community […]

Albuquerque Academy team wins New Mexico Middle School Regional Science Bowl

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Students from Albuquerque Academy’s Team 1 are headed to the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., after taking the top spot at the New Mexico Regional Middle School Science Bowl at Albuquerque Academy on Saturday, March 2. More than 130 students from 29 teams representing 12 New Mexico middle schools participated […]

Los Alamos High School students headed to DOE National Science Bowl

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Students from Los Alamos High School will represent New Mexico at the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in April. The team took first place on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the New Mexico Regional High School Competition after besting 28 teams representing 14 New Mexican high schools. Students answered questions related to astronomy, biology, […]

Keeping tabs on the world’s dangerous chemicals

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – In the chemistry labs of the developing world, it’s not uncommon to find containers, forgotten on shelves, with only vague clues to their origins. The label, if there is one, is rubbed away. Left alone for years, some chemicals can quietly break down into explosive elixirs, and what was once an innocent […]

Solar test facility upgrades complete, lead to better capabilities at Sandia for power industry

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A recent overhaul of the Department of Energy’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility, operated by Sandia National Laboratories, is dramatically improving researchers’ ability to understand and use concentrating solar power. The $17.8 million upgrade to the NSTTF adds state-of-the-art test capabilities, and the resulting research is expected to lead to more solar power use on […]

Sandia and Lockheed Martin donating $40,000 to help veterans

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Nine organizations that help local veterans will receive $40,000 from Lockheed Martin on behalf of Sandia National Laboratories this year. The funds will be divided among nine assistance groups to support the needs of New Mexico’s veterans: Operation Homefront; New Mexico Veterans Integration Project; YWCA Henderson House; Metropolitan Homelessness Project; Rio Grande […]