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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 […]

Planting seeds and growing hope

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, on behalf of Sandia National Laboratories, recently gave more than $538,000 in grants that focus on families and education as part of its corporate contributions program. “Sandia’s grants focus on improving family stability and educational success by supporting nonprofits that address the greatest challenges in […]

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Search and rescue volunteers from Sandia respond to wilderness misadventures

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — By day, Craig Tenney is a chemical engineer at Sandia National Laboratories. But sometimes as he readies for bed, he gets a call and instead finds himself on an icy trail, mere feet from a cliff high above the city in the Sandia Mountains rescuing a couple of hikers who thought they […]

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Economic Impact: Sandia Labs injects $3.76B into economy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Driven by the purchasing of goods and services and payroll, Sandia National Laboratories injected an all-time high of more than $3.76 billion into the economy in fiscal year 2020. “It’s no secret that the second half of the year was tough on a lot of people and businesses, especially smaller companies, which […]

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Giving campaigns at Sandia shine during pandemic year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories employees came together in a big way in 2020, contributing $4.8 million to the annual Sandia Gives campaign, which benefits United Way of Central New Mexico, United Way of the Bay Area and other nonprofits, increasing donations by $324,000 over 2019. A booster from National Technology & Engineering Solutions […]

Finding COVID-19 needles in a coronavirus haystack

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — COVID-19 researchers the world over face a daunting task of sifting through tens of thousands of existing coronavirus studies, looking for commonalities or data that might help in their urgent biomedical investigations. To accelerate the filtering of relevant information, Sandia National Laboratories has assembled a combination of data mining, machine-learning algorithms and […]

Teens pay it forward, use 3D printers built at Sandia to make face shields

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Teens who built 3D printers during a weeklong robotics camp at Sandia National Laboratories last year have used them to make more than 3,000 face shields that have been donated to medical professionals and first responders in New Mexico. The camp was hosted by Sandia in collaboration with R4 Creating, a nonprofit […]

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Sandia Labs collects $245,000 for Native American neighbors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As COVID-19 began ravaging Native American communities in the Southwest last month, a sense of urgency was mounting for Sandia National Laboratories tribal government relations program manager Laurence Brown. As the virus spread rapidly in parts of the Navajo Nation and New Mexico pueblos, a groundswell of Sandia employees — including many […]

Sandia gives more than $100K to Roadrunner Food Bank through match program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories employees have contributed more than $100,000 to the Roadrunner Food Bank during a 15-day campaign that will help New Mexicans with food during the coronavirus pandemic. The amount raised, and the speed at which employees gave was a remarkable surprise during a trying time for many, said Amy Tapia, […]

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Economic Impact: Sandia Labs spends $3.68B

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories pumped an all-time high of nearly $3.68 billion into the economy in fiscal year 2019 by spending on goods, services, payroll, taxes and other payments, Labs Director James Peery announced today. “Sandia is proud of the past success but will not rest,” Peery said. “We will keep building on […]

National security, science collaboration bolstered by new agreement

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico are joining forces to bolster national security and advance science and engineering with an agreement signed this week. “Once we have that umbrella in place, it opens the knowledge cache of both institutions — our scientific researchers collaborating with UNM’s — so that […]

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Students applaud Manos science spotlight

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Many of us can thank a teacher or mentor who early in our lives ignited a passion in us for our current professions. For nearly 30 years, Sandia National Laboratories’ Manos — or “hands-on” — program has provided that spark for science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields in thousands of […]

Second Act: Sandia retirees band together to help small businesses with tech challenges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Retirement means different things to different people. To Mike Murphy it wasn’t about TV and golf, not after logging 40 years as an electrical engineer in the nuclear weapons program at Sandia National Laboratories. He wanted to put his experience to work. Murphy, who retired in 2009, was running his family’s cattle […]

Support group aims to curb fears of talking about addiction at Sandia Labs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Almost every morning on her way to work, Theresa Rolfe drives past homeless people outside a fast food restaurant, and the sight takes her back to a time when her son could have been among them. It wasn’t too long ago that Rolfe, an emergency management employee at Sandia National Laboratories, cried […]

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Sandia gears up for annual computer donation event

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Students from more than 40 New Mexico schools are expected to benefit from Sandia National Laboratories’ annual K-12 Computer Donation Event next week, where more than 1,000 computers and related accessories will be distributed. Media representatives must RSVP to attend: What: Sandia 2018 K-12 Computer Donation Event When: 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. […]

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