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March 5, 2002

Sandia researchers Lin, Ng win ‘Asian American Engineer of Year’ awards

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories engineers Raymond Ng and Shawn-Yu Lin are among 17 researchers chosen nationwide to receive the first Asian American Engineer of the Year award by the Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA society (http://www.cie-usa.org). Other winners include Nobel laureate Leo Esaki and former University of California Berkeley Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien.

Winners received trophies at a formal awards banquet on Feb. 23, 2002 in Dallas.

Lin was cited for contributing to a broad range of pioneering advances in the field of photonic crystals. “Once a theorist’s dream, his realization of the intricate lattice-like structure at 1.55 microns opens the door for totally integrated optical systems that might replace traditional electronic devices in communication and eventually, maybe in computers,” the citation reads.

Ng is manager of engineering design services at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif. According to the citation, “His team is responsible for creating and maintaining complex 3-D solid models and electrical definitions of the nuclear weapons owned jointly by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia. He is also responsible for managing electronic data interfaces with the production facilities in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s nuclear weapon complex.” Prior to his present role, Ray led major programs to develop new gas transfer systems to help ensure that the nation’s nuclear stockpile remains safe and reliable.

Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major research and development responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

Sandia Media Contact: Neal Singer, nsinger@sandia.gov, (505) 845-7078

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