FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2005
Sandia, University of Texas System unveil multi-faceted memorandum of understanding
Scientific peer review system, educational opportunities, joint program strategic areas all part of arrangement
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories and the multi-campus University of Texas System today announced an expanded relationship. The announcement came after the UT System Board of Regents unanimously approved a new memorandum of understanding between the System and Sandia.
The MOU calls for:
- UT System to develop and implement an independent peer review process for what Sandia calls its science, technology, and engineering foundation
- Joint development and implementation of "strategic program areas that enhance" Sandia's broad missions in national security, which are in addition to ongoing activities
- Increased interactions and collaborations between individual staff, faculty, and students at Sandia and UT System academic and health institutions
"As a national laboratory, Sandia has been working for many years to establish and maintain strategic partnerships with outstanding national institutions in academia, industry, and the government," says C. Paul Robinson, Sandia president and Laboratories Director.
"This action strengthens one such strategic relationship, which was created several years ago between The University of Texas System, including its medical research institutions, and Lockheed Martin Corporation and Sandia," Robinson adds. "It will allow Sandia to further develop its people and enhance its technical abilities to better meet the national challenges we face."
Sandia is a National Nuclear Security Administration lab.
Mark G. Yudof, chancellor of the UT System, says, "This agreement represents a tremendous opportunity to advance the strong, existing relationship between our System and one of the country's premier national laboratories. This is a great opportunity for our faculty, our students and our researchers to be involved more directly in the unclassified, cutting-edge science and research being conducted by Sandia National Labs. Managing the peer review process of this research is an honor and significant contribution to the vital role that Sandia plays in its service to the nation through science and technology research, national security and education."
The five-year agreement states that UT System has agreed to develop, perform, and be accountable for the peer review process of the Sandia Assurance System for Science, Technology and Engineering.
The reviews will cover the effectiveness of the unclassified research for Sandia's Laboratory Directed and Research Program, the Research Foundations of the Nuclear Weapon Program, research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, as well as SNL-based science, technology, and engineering research sponsored by other agencies.
The MOU says that a newly designated UT System position on the Sandia Board of Directors will organize and lead technical reviews of Sandia's Science and Technology Foundations, working through a newly formed Subcommittee of the Mission Committee of the Sandia board. This subcommittee will be made up of at least two Sandia board members and at least two advisors from universities, two from industry, and two from government agencies or other federal or national laboratories.
As part of this activity, UT System will open an office at Sandia's Albuquerque, N.M., facility. The System's office will be staffed by Oct. 1.
Another key aspect of the MOU will add to ongoing Sandia/UT System activities by undertaking joint technical research projects and collaborations that take advantage of their complementary competencies in the areas of simulation engineering, high-energy density physics, sustainable energy security for the nation's transportation infrastructure, and in health security.
The MOU calls for Sandia and UT System to use joint appointments so Sandia scientists can serve as staff for graduate programs at UT institutions and UT faculty, staff and students can engage in long-term involvement in Sandia research programs. Additionally, UT System plans to use professors from its several academic and health institutions to provide both on-site and distance education courses to Sandia personnel.
The UT System has 15 campuses, including nine academic and six health institutions, and an annual operating budget of $8.5 billion (FY 2005). Student enrollment exceeded 182,000 in the 2004 academic year. The UT System confers one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates three-fourths of the state's health care professionals annually. With more than 76,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in Texas.
Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.
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